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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT DIRECTING THE COMMISSIONER OF CAPITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE TO CONVEY A CERTAIN PARCEL OF LAND TO THE SALEM REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.

      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 33 to 37, inclusive, of chapter 7C of the General Laws, section 20 of chapter 304 of the acts of 2008 or any other general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance shall convey a certain parcel of state-owned land, with the buildings thereon, located in the city of Salem to the Salem Redevelopment Authority on terms that may be determined by the commissioner. The parcel and buildings are located at 32 and 34 Federal street and the buildings are the Essex superior courthouse and the county commissioners building. Upon conveyance of the property described in this section and as a condition of the conveyance, the Salem Redevelopment Authority shall simultaneously create a condominium estate, or other real estate holding interest determined to be satisfactory by the secretary of the commonwealth, and transfer ownership thereof to the commonwealth under the care, custody and control of the secretary of the commonwealth. The condominium estate or other real estate holding interest, determined satisfactory by the secretary of the commonwealth, shall consist of the superior courthouse library, the 3 court rooms and the clerk's office comprised of approximately 18,000 to 20,000 square feet of space for the Essex south registry of deeds, in exchange for which the secretary of the commonwealth shall make annual payments to the Salem Redevelopment Authority or its designee, in an amount determined annually at the discretion of the secretary to be commensurate with the cost of constructing or leasing the space. For the purposes of this act, “convey” shall mean a sale or lease of the parcel.
      SECTION 2.  Consideration for the conveyance under section 1, shall be $1, payable at the time of the conveyance. Upon a subsequent conveyance of the property described in section 1 or a portion thereof by the Salem Redevelopment Authority, the Salem Redevelopment Authority shall distribute the gross proceeds of the conveyance, in the following order, to: (i) the commonwealth to reimburse it for costs incurred by the division of capital asset management and maintenance with respect to the property; (ii) the city of Salem for costs incurred by the city with respect to the property; (iii) the Salem Redevelopment Authority for costs incurred by the Salem Redevelopment Authority, if any, for the transaction including, but not limited to, the costs for legal work, survey, title and the preparation of plans and specifications; and (iv) the commonwealth and the Salem Redevelopment Authority in equal shares.
      SECTION 3.  The commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance may retain or grant rights of way or easements for access, egress, utilities and drainage across the property described in section 1 and across other property owned by the commonwealth that is contiguous to the property described in section 1 and may accept such rights of way or easements for access, egress, drainage and utilities as the commissioner considers necessary and appropriate to carry out this act.

Approved, January 13, 2017