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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


     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 chapter 645 of the acts of 1950, chapter 296 of the acts of 2014 or any other general or special law to the contrary but subject to paragraphs (a), (b) and (g) of section 16 of chapter 30B of the General Laws, the city of Chicopee may lease for a term of 25  years with the option to renew once for the same term all or a portion of the building previously used as the Chicopee Falls Branch Public Library pursuant to chapter 645 of the acts of 1950 and authorized for use as a public school facility pursuant to said chapter 296 to a nonprofit organization; provided, however, that the nonprofit organization shall use the building or its leased portion thereof to provide educational services.  For the purposes of this section, “educational services” shall include: (i) an accredited Head Start program; (ii) programming or resources for children attending public or private preschools, elementary, secondary or vocational schools or institutions of higher education; or (iii) any other service approved as an educational service by a vote of the city council and approval of the mayor.  The lease and any extension thereof shall not be subject to the third and fourth paragraphs of section 3 of chapter 40 of the General Laws.
     SECTION 2.  Notwithstanding section 1 or any general or special law to the contrary, the building referenced in said section 1, being the building authorized by chapter 645 of the acts of 1950 and being located on a portion of the parcel of land conveyed to the city of Chicopee by deed dated April 22, 1931 and recorded in the Hampden county registry of deeds in book 1482, page 452 shall be corporate property of the city of Chicopee and shall be restricted to the specific purpose of use as a school building; provided, however, that the building or any portion thereof may be leased in accordance with said section 1.  The building shall be subject to section 15A of chapter 40 of the General Laws and any other laws applicable to property held by a city for a specific purpose.  The city of Chicopee shall record a deed or other written instrument with the Hampden county registry of deeds demonstrating that the city has been released from any terms or conditions contrary to this section as they may exist in its title to the property; provided, however, that the remainder of the parcel of land conveyed to the city by the deed referenced in this section shall remain restricted to use for park purposes as stated in the deed.
     SECTION 3.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, June 29, 2017