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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE DIVISION OF CAPITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE TO CONVEY A CERTAIN PARCEL OF LAND IN THE TOWN OF SHREWSBURY

     Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
     SECTION 1.  Notwithstanding sections 32 to 37, inclusive, of chapter 7C of the General Laws, the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance may convey to the town of Shrewsbury for conservation, passive recreational, or agricultural purposes certain parcels of land located on the east and west sides of Green street in the town of Shrewsbury which are currently under the control of the department of agricultural resources. The parcels are more particularly described as: (i) Parcel A which is located on the east side of Green street and formerly a portion of Grafton State Hospital, containing approximately 18.3 acres; (ii) Parcel B which is located on the west side of Green street and formerly a portion of Grafton State Hospital, containing approximately 9.6 acres; and (iii) Parcel C which is located on the east side of Green street and formerly a portion of Grafton State Hospital, containing approximately 31 acres, all of which are delineated on a plan entitled “Plan of Land:  Parcel to be Conveyed to the Town Of Shrewsbury, Located at Grafton State Hospital in the Towns of Grafton and Shrewsbury; Prepared by Nitsch Engineering for the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance”, dated January 13, 2016.  A deed conveying the parcels shall contain a restriction that the parcels shall be used only for conservation, passive recreational, or agricultural purposes, as recommended by the master plan for those parcels pursuant to chapter 463 of the  acts of 1990. The exact boundaries of the parcels shall be determined by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance, in consultation with the department of agricultural resources and the town of Shrewsbury, after completion of a survey. The consideration for the conveyance shall be $1. The parcels shall be conveyed by deed without warranties or representations by the commonwealth.
     The commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance shall establish the value of the property for both the highest value and best use of the property as currently encumbered and for the purposes described in this act.  The commissioner shall place notification in the central register of the conveyance, the amount of such transaction and the difference between the value for both the highest and best use of the property as currently encumbered and the value of the property for the purposes described in this act and the price received.
     SECTION 2.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the town of Shrewsbury shall be responsible for all costs and expenses including, but not limited to, costs associated with any engineering, surveys, appraisals and deed preparation related to any conveyance pursuant to this act as such costs may be determined by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance.
     SECTION 3.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, if the town of Shrewsbury uses a parcel conveyed by the commonwealth pursuant to this act for any purpose other than conservation, passive recreational or agricultural purposes, title to the property shall revert to commonwealth.

Approved, August 9, 2016