Substitute House Bill No. 5892

Public Act No. 00-168

An Act Concerning The Conveyance Of Certain Parcels Of State Land.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 5 of special act 94-16 is amended to read as follows:

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, the commissioner of transportation shall convey a parcel of land located in the town of Old Saybrook, consisting of 0.5 acres, plus or minus, along with any buildings thereon, either temporary or permanent, which are owned by the state, to the [Tradewinds Education Network, Inc.] Maritime Education Network, Inc., subject to the approval of the state properties review board and at a cost of one dollar. [, at such time that the department of transportation completes its use of the property as a demolition supervision and staging site associated with demolition of the old Baldwin Bridge carrying I-95 over the Connecticut River. Such conveyance shall be subject to any other agreements, in force at the time of conveyance, between Tradewinds Education Network, Inc. and the department of transportation.] Said parcel of land is described as follows: The parcel of land which is located south of Interstate 95, west of Ferry Road, north of properties now or formerly of John S. Censki and now or formerly of Albert D. Lizzi, and south of the Interstate 95 nonaccess highway line. The department of transportation shall locate the nonaccess highway line as far to the north as possible in order to maximize the size of the parcel to be conveyed, consistent with the needs of the department of transportation to perform maintenance on the nonaccess line fence and the drainage swale at the toe of the bridge approach embankment.

(b) The [Tradewinds Education Network, Inc.] Maritime Education Network, Inc. shall use said parcel of land for [a school] programming dedicated to marine and maritime [educational programs] education. If said parcel is not used for said purposes, it shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The state properties review board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the department of transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The state treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section, and the commissioner of transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 2. Section 5 of public act 95-127, as amended by special act 98-1, is amended to read as follows:

(a) As used in this section, "person" means a natural person, partnership, corporation, association or society and "commissioner" means the commissioner of environmental protection.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, the commissioner of environmental protection shall convey to [a person meeting the requirements as set forth in subsection (c) of this section, by any means and for such consideration as he deems appropriate,] the Stratford Festival Theater, Inc., at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance and subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board, four parcels of land, and any improvements thereto, located in the town of Stratford and collectively known as the Shakespeare Theater. [The commissioner shall designate a person to whom said parcels shall be conveyed on the basis of the financial ability of the persons applying for such designation to meet the requirements set forth in subsection (c) of this section.] The commissioner may authorize the [person designated] Stratford Festival Theater, Inc., prior to closing, to have such access and control of the property as the commissioner deems appropriate, including undertaking renovation and theater performances. Any such authorization shall require that, before accessing or assuming control of the land, improvements or property, [said designated person] the Stratford Festival Theater, Inc. shall (1) deliver to the commissioner a policy or policies of insurance determined by the commissioner to protect the state of Connecticut against any suit, claim, injury, damage, loss, compensation, judgment, litigation or other expense, including attorneys' fees, or other fees incurred as a result of, or arising out of, any activity of [said designated person] the Stratford Festival Theater, Inc. which is associated with or regarding the land, improvements or property and (2) hold harmless, defend and indemnify the state of Connecticut from any and all liabilities, including, but not limited to, any suit, claim, injury, damage, loss, compensation, judgment, litigation or other expense, including attorneys' fees or other fees, which the state of Connecticut may suffer or incur as a result of, or arising out of, or alleged to have resulted from or arisen out of, any activity of [said designated person] the Stratford Festival Theater, Inc. which is associated with or regarding [said designated person's] access to or control of the land, improvements or property by the Stratford Festival Theater, Inc. Said conveyance may include any personal property associated with the theater. Said parcels are more particularly bounded and described as follows:

FIRST PARCEL: Being the subject parcel of a warranty deed from Citytrust to the State of Connecticut, dated July 14, 1983, recorded at Volume 583, Page 244 of the Stratford Land Records and described in said deed as follows:

Beginning at a pipe in a concrete bound; said pipe is in the southerly line of Stratford Avenue, and is the northwest corner of property now or formerly Moss.

Thence S 10 degrees-36'-02" W 132.38 feet to an iron pipe.

Thence S 83 degrees-49'-43" E 66.41 feet to an iron pin at land now or formerly Riggott.

The last two courses are along land now or formerly Moss.

Thence S 02 degrees-37'-08" W 71.60 feet to an iron pin.

Thence S 82 degrees-02'-43" E 60.00 feet to an iron pin.

Thence continuing S 82 degrees-02'-43" E 32 feet more or less to a point at the edge of Selby's Pond.

The last three courses are along land of Riggott.

Thence running southerly, westerly and northwesterly along the edge of Selby's Pond, by 485 feet more or less to a point at land now or formerly Davenport.

Thence running S 56 degrees-08'-53" E 3 feet more or less to an iron pin.

Thence continuing S 56 degrees-08'-53" E 140.00 feet to an iron pin.

Thence S 50 degrees-01'-54" E 13.29 feet to a point.

Thence S 45 degrees-01'-09" E 50.68 feet to a point.

Thence S 40 degrees-22'-43" E 47.74 feet to a point.

Thence S 37 degrees-43'-02" E 22.11 feet to a point.

Thence S 37 degrees-15'-45" E 71.56 feet to an iron pin set in the westerly line of Shore Road.

The last seven courses are along land now or formerly Davenport.

Thence S 58 degrees-42'-39" W 75.49 feet to an iron pin.

Thence S 54 degrees-13'-11" W 103.50 feet to an iron pipe.

Thence S 44 degrees-09'-43" W 570.03 feet to a point.

Thence S 39 degrees-13'-43" W 166.40 feet to an iron pin.

Thence running southwesterly by a curve, having a radius of 65.00 feet, a distance of 69.66 feet to an iron pin.

Thence N 77 degrees-59'-18" W 141.53 feet to a point at land now or formerly Knapp. Said point is the intersection of the northerly face of a stone headwall and the easterly face of a stone retaining wall which is located on the westerly side of a drainage ditch.

The last seven courses are along Shore Road.

Thence N 11 degrees-50'-00" E 31.05 feet to a point on the easterly face of a stone retaining wall.

Thence N 20 degrees-45'-34" E 104.37 feet to an iron pin.

Thence N 79 degrees-01'-22" W 97.00 feet to a point.

The last three courses are along land now or formerly Knapp.

Thence N 12 degrees-56'-17" E 160.88 feet to an iron pin at land now or formerly Rosati, Trustee.

The last mentioned course is along land now or formerly Fahy.

Thence S 76 degrees-07'-43" E 237.67 feet to a PK nail.

Thence N 14 degrees-43'-17" E 325.00 feet to an iron pin.

Thence N 76 degrees-07'-43" W 256.29 feet to a point at land now or formerly Nizzardo.

The last three courses are along land now or formerly Rosati, Trustee.

Thence N 14 degrees-30'-23" E 253.34 feet to a point.

The last course is along land now or formerly Nizzardo and land now or formerly Deakins.

Thence N 73 degrees-30'-20" W 243.84 feet to a point in the easterly line of Elm Street.

The last course is along land now or formerly Deakins.

Thence N 13 degrees-53'-15" E along said easterly line of Elm Street, a distance of 335.91 feet to a point at land now or formerly Ballaro.

Thence S 77 degrees-56'-52" E along land now or formerly Ballaro, a distance of 96.50 feet to a point at land now or formerly Nelson.

Thence S 0 degrees-43'-49" E 25.20 feet to a point.

Thence S 79 degrees-20'-24" E 64.10 feet to an iron pin.

Thence N 07 degrees-42'-15" E 119.95 feet to an iron pin set in the southerly line of Stratford Avenue.

The last three courses are along land now or formerly Nelson.

Thence S 86 degrees-35'-34" E along said southerly line of Stratford Avenue, a distance of 104.94 feet to the point of beginning.

SECOND PARCEL:

Being the first of two subject parcels in a warranty deed from Thomas J. Rosati, Trustee, to the State of Connecticut, dated June 9, 1988, and recorded in Volume 697, Page 979 of the Stratford Land records, and described in said deed as follows:

Beginning at a point in the southerly line of land now or formerly of Deakins and Beach, which point marks the northeasterly corner of the parcel herein described, said point being S 80 degrees 51' 00" E 217.00 feet from an iron pin set in the easterly street line of Elm Street;

Thence running S 80 degrees 51' 00" E 283.00 feet along land now or formerly of Deakins and Beach and land formerly of American Shakespeare Festival Theatre Association, now of the grantee herein, each in part, to a point;

Thence running S 10 degrees 00' 00" W 325.00 feet along land formerly of said American Shakespeare Festival Theatre Association, now of the grantee herein, to a point;

Thence running N 80 degrees 51' 00" W 288.00 feet along land formerly of said American Shakespeare Festival Theatre Association, now of the grantee herein, and land now or formerly of Miller, each in part, to a point;

Thence running N 10 degrees 00' 00" E 155.00 feet along Lot 5 as shown on the map hereinafter referred to a point;

Thence running N 05 degrees 30' 37" W 20.05 feet along said Lot 5 to a point in the street line of Rosemary Drive;

Thence running N 17 degrees 28' 22" W 50.51 feet along the Second Parcel hereinafter described to a point;

Thence running N 10 degrees 00' 00" E 100.01 feet along Lot 2 as shown on the map hereinafter referred to the point of beginning.

Said parcel contains 92,000 square feet, more or less, and is shown as "Other land of C. Casserta" on a map entitled, "Subdivision of Bard's Manor Elm Street Stratford Conn" dated August 8, 1977 prepared by Codespoti & Associates, Joseph R. Codespoti, R.L.S. 8244.

THIRD PARCEL:

Being the second of two subject parcels in a warranty deed from Thomas J. Rosati, Trustee to the State of Connecticut, dated June 9, 1988, and recorded in Volume 697, Page 979 of the Stratford Land records, and described in said deed as follows:

A small triangular-shaped parcel located to the east of the curve of the turnaround of Rosemary Drive on the map hereinbefore mentioned, said parcel being bounded and described as follows: Beginning at a monument set in the northerly street line of Rosemary Drive;

Thence running easterly along a counterclockwise curve having a radius of 1,032.62 feet a distance of 54.67 feet along Lot 2 as shown on the map hereinbefore mentioned to a point at the First Parcel hereinbefore described;

Thence running S 17 degrees-28'-22 W 50.51 feet 6 along said First Parcel hereinbefore described to a point in the turnaround of Rosemary Drive;

Thence running along the street line of Rosemary Drive following a counterclockwise curve having a radius of 50.00 feet to the point of beginning.

Together with the right to pass and repass for highway purposes over the area designated on said map as Rosemary Drive.

FOURTH PARCEL:

Being the subject parcel in a quit claim deed from Citytrust to the State of Connecticut, dated July 12, 1983, and recorded in Volume 715, Page 949 of the Stratford Land Records and described in said deed as follows:

All that certain piece or parcel of land with the buildings and other improvements thereon, situated in the Town of Stratford, County of Fairfield and State of Connecticut, bounded and described as follows:

NORTHERLY: by land now or formerly of Byron S. Romer; EASTERLY: by the Housatonic River; SOUTHERLY: by land now or formerly of William Forrest Davenport and Caroline Kirsten Davenport, along the northerly wall of a brick boathouse; WESTERLY: by a highway sometimes described as the upper highway or bank highway or Shore Road, 56 feet.

The southerly line of the above described premises is substantially parallel with the northerly line and 56 feet distant therefrom.

The property described above shall include the property described in a topographical survey for the state of Connecticut of the American Festival Theatre at Stratford by the Huntington Company, dated January 31, 1989.

(c) The [person to whom said parcels are conveyed] Stratford Festival Theater, Inc. shall agree to renovate the current theater located thereon and to operate it as a theater, which shall be known as the Connecticut-Stratford Shakespeare Festival Theater, for live, theatrical performances. [, including not less than one annual performance of a play by William Shakespeare, for a period of not less than twenty years from the date of the first performance. Such person] The Stratford Festival Theater, Inc. shall further agree that (1) [he] it shall, within four months of the date of conveyance of said parcels, present to the commissioner a plan of development for the theater and the parcels for [his] the commissioner's approval, (2) the commissioner shall have two months to approve or disapprove such plan, provided, if the commissioner does not act, such plan shall be deemed to be approved, and provided further, if the commissioner disapproves the plan, it may be resubmitted, but such disapproval and resubmittal shall not extend the other time limits set forth in this subsection, (3) [he] the Stratford Festival Theater, Inc. shall, within one year of the date of conveyance of said parcels, present to the commissioner construction documents consisting of design drawings and specifications for the development of the theater and the parcels for [his] the commissioner's approval, provided such drawings and specifications shall also be under the jurisdiction of the local building official, (4) the commissioner shall have two months to approve or disapprove such documents, provided, if the commissioner does not act, such documents shall be deemed to be approved, and provided further, if the commissioner disapproves such documents, they may be resubmitted, but such disapproval and resubmittal shall not extend the other time limits set forth in this subsection, (5) [he] the Stratford Festival Theater, Inc. shall reopen the theater, within three years of the date of conveyance of said parcels or within two years of the conclusion of any lawsuit relating to said parcels which prohibits or substantially inhibits development of said parcels, whichever is later. Approval by the commissioner pursuant to subdivision (2) or (4) of this subsection shall not be deemed to include any federal, state or local approvals or permits necessary for the construction or siting of facilities or for other regulated use of the property. If said parcels are not, at any time, used for the purposes set forth in this subsection and within the time periods set forth in this subsection, they shall revert to the state of Connecticut. [, and the commissioner shall convey said parcels to the town of Stratford, for park and recreational purposes only, subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board and at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. If said parcels are conveyed to the town and at any time are not used for such purposes, they shall revert to the state of Connecticut. Payments made to the commissioner prior to any reversion of said parcels shall be retained by the state.]

(d) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcels of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the department of environmental protection. The state treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (c) of this section, and the commissioner of environmental protection shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

[(e) The proceeds from the conveyance of said parcels shall be used by the commissioner to effect the purposes of the Connecticut recreation and natural heritage trust program created by chapter 453 of the general statutes.]

Sec. 3. Subsection (a) of section 4b-41 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Commissioner of Public Works, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the State Properties Review Board, may enter into a lease-purchase agreement and agreements related thereto, for the development of a courthouse facility in the town of Vernon. The commissioner, subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board, may enter into agreements with adjacent property owners for easements in, over and under the land on which the courthouse garage is developed.

Sec. 4. Section 1 of special act 90-37 is amended to read as follows:

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, the commissioner of transportation shall convey to the town and city of Hartford, subject to the approval of the state properties review board and at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance, a parcel of land located in the town and city of Hartford and having an area of approximately 2.5 acres. Said parcel is bounded on the north by Farmington Avenue, a distance of 410 feet more or less; on the east and south by Interstate Route 84, a total distance of 646 feet more or less; and on the west by Broad Street, a distance of 370 feet more or less; in part by each.

(b) The town and city of Hartford shall use said parcel of land for [the construction of a new combined fire and police department headquarters] economic development purposes. If said parcel is not used for said purpose, it shall revert to the state of Connecticut. If the town and city of Hartford sells said parcel of land for economic development purposes, the town and city of Hartford shall pay the proceeds from the sale to the State Treasurer who shall deposit said proceeds in the Special Transportation Fund established in section 13b-68 of the general statutes.

(c) The state properties review board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the department of transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The state treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section and the commissioner of transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 5. Section 12 of public act 98-255 is amended to read as follows:

The town of Avon may use for public safety purposes or for purposes of constructing and operating public schools or other public educational facilities the five parcels of land acquired pursuant to a judgment in accordance with the provisions of number 232 of the special acts of 1963 and identified in the judgment filed in the Avon Town Clerk's Office on June 26, 1964. The town of Avon may exchange said parcels of land or any part of said parcels for other parcels of land of comparable value to said town, provided the town shall use said other parcels for the purposes of recreation and conservation or constructing and operating public schools or other educational facilities.

Sec. 6. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the city of Norwalk a parcel of land located in the city of Norwalk, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 6.682 acres and is identified as: A certain parcel of land situated in the City of Norwalk, County of Fairfield and State of Connecticut being more particularly bounded and described as follows:

Beginning at a point on the northeasterly streetline of Ann Street at the division line between land now or formerly of the City of Norwalk (Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk) and the parcel herein described;

Thence running along a counterclockwise curve, having a radius of 129.00 feet, 26.87 feet to a point, thence turning and running North 55 degrees-56'-50" West 174.79 feet, all along the northeasterly streetline of Ann Street, to a point;

Thence running North 31 degrees-22'-52" West 165.99 feet to a point, thence turning and running North 07 degrees-25'-18" East 315.30 feet to a point, thence turning and running North 82 degrees-34'-42" West 32.00 feet, all along land now or formerly of Guy S. Parks, Jr., to a point;

Thence running North 78 degrees-04'-33" West 19.92 feet along land now or formerly of the Connecticut Department of Transportation to a point;

Thence running along a clockwise curve, having a radius of 1,985.41 feet, 377.42 feet to a point, thence turning and running North 67 degrees-50'-10" East 64.50 feet to a point, thence turning and running North 25 degrees-20'-59" East 299.73 feet to a point, thence turning and running North 19 degrees-06'-28" East 50.28 feet to a point, thence turning and running North 34 degrees-07'-23" East 49.87 feet to a point, thence turning and running North 51 degrees-26'-50" East 48.31 feet to a point, thence turning and running North 53 degrees-47'-23" East 102.10 feet to a point, thence turning and running North 45 degrees-09'-16" East 50.06 feet to a point, thence turning and running North 35 degrees-46'-04" East 54.15 feet to a point, thence turning and running North 29 degrees-50'-03" East 128.17 feet to a point, thence turning and running North 23 degrees-28'-14" East 55.42 feet, all along land to be retained by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, to a point;

Thence running along a counterclockwise curve, having a radius of 2,366.83 feet, 7.47 feet along land now or formerly of the Connecticut Department of Transportation to a point;

Thence running South 04 degrees-01'-53" East 112.81 feet to a point, thence turning and running South 37 degrees-04'-28" West 306.68 feet to a point, thence turning and running North 52 degrees-55'-32" West 65.17 feet to a point, thence turning and running along a counterclockwise curve, having a radius of 915.00 feet, 588.95 feet to a point, thence turning and running South 09 degrees-00'-18" East 522.22 feet, all along land now or formerly of the City of Norwalk, to a point;

Thence running South 83 degrees-19'-55" West 9.12 feet to a point, thence turning and running South 83 degrees-29'-52" West 89.59 feet to a point, thence turning and running South 05 degrees-34'-21" West 238.71 feet, all along land now or formerly of the City of Norwalk (Maritime Center), to the point of beginning.

Being more particularly bounded and described on a map entitled: "Property Survey Showing Parcel to be Acquired From: Connecticut Department of Transportation, By: City of Norwalk, Ann Street, South Norwalk, Connecticut," Scale: 1"=50', Dated: March 21, 2000, Prepared by: Milone & MacBroom, Inc. The conveyance agreement shall include a provision that the city of Norwalk accepts the property in its current condition. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The city of Norwalk shall use said parcel of land for urban renewal, economic development and housing purposes. If the city of Norwalk:

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut. If the city of Norwalk sells said parcel of land for economic development purposes, the city of Norwalk shall use the proceeds from the sale for the construction of a parking garage for the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 7. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Public Works shall transfer custody and control of a parcel of land located in the town of Preston to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 53 acres and is identified as the portion of Lot 19 on town of Preston Tax Assessor's Map 23 which is owned by the state of Connecticut. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall establish a five hundred foot "no hunting" zone along the western boundary of said parcel of land adjacent to municipal land. The transfer shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

Sec. 8. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Public Works shall convey to the town of Newtown a parcel of land located in the town of Newtown, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 3.6 acres and is identified as the parcel of land that is bordered on the north by property of Mary Coons at 5 Oakview Road, on the east by Oakview Road, on the south by Wasserman Way, and on the west by property of the Potatuck Land Company. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Newtown shall use said parcel of land for recreational purposes. If the town of Newtown:

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Public Works. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Public Works shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 9. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Agriculture shall convey the Noank Aquaculture-Marine Laboratory, and the parcel of land on which it is located, to the town of Groton, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 0.97 acre and is further identified as the same premises described in a deed from Edward E. Chapin to the state of Connecticut, dated May 23, 1962, and recorded in the town of Groton land records at Volume 195, Pages 430 and 431. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Groton shall make a portion of said laboratory and parcel of land available to the town of Groton Shellfish Commission for aquaculture purposes and shall use the remainder of said parcel of land for municipal purposes. If the town of Groton:

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) If the town of Groton does not agree to accept the conveyance of said laboratory and parcel of land from the Commissioner of Agriculture, said commissioner shall convey the parcel to the Noank Fire District, and the Noank Fire District shall make a portion of said laboratory available to the town of Groton Shellfish Commission for aquaculture purposes.

(d) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Agriculture. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Agriculture shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 10. (a) The state of Connecticut shall waive any claim, pursuant to the public trust doctrine, to title acquired through a federal condemnation to the tract or parcel of land now or formerly within the Stratford Army Engine Plant, which has an area of approximately 11.505 acres and is bounded and described as follows:

All that tract or parcel of land situated in the Town of Stratford, County of Fairfield, State of Connecticut and more particularly described as follows:

Commencing at a point in the intersection of the westerly line of Sniffens Lane and the northerly line of Main Street;

Thence N 49 degrees 49' 38" E along the westerly line of Sniffens Lane a distance of 1,358.07 feet to an angle point in the westerly line of Sniffens Lane;

Thence S 88 degrees 13' 42" E along the northwesterly line of Sniffens Lane a distance of 393.50 feet to the southeasterly corner of lands conveyed to the United States of America by deed recorded in Volume 340 at Page 122;

Thence N 00 degrees 16' 17" E along the northeasterly line of said lands conveyed to the United States of America a distance of 188 feet to the Mean High Water Line of the Housatonic River as it existed in June 1943;

Thence continuing N 00 degrees 16' 17" E a distance of 44.60 feet to the Mean High Water Line of the Housatonic River as it existed in March 1999 and the True Point of Beginning,

Thence along the Mean High Water Line as it existed in March 1999 and as defined on a "Limited Dependent Resurvey" prepared for the Department of the Army, New York District Corps of Engineers by TVGA Engineering, Surveying, P.C., Project No. 990009-03 on March 31, 1999, a distance of 4,430 feet, to a point, said point being N 74 degrees 13' 49" E measured a distance of 619.32 feet from a point on the division line between the property now or formerly of AVCO Corporation by deed recorded in Volume 546 at Page 447 on the west and the property of the United States of America by deed recorded in Volume 248 at Page 99 on the east at its intersection with the north line of Main Street;

Thence along the Edge of Fill as it existed in July 1943 and as defined on said "Limited Dependent Resurvey" a distance of 2,593 feet, said Edge of Fill line being further approximated and defined by the following courses and distances:

1. S 36 degrees 58' 26" W a distance of 85.95 feet;

2. S 22 degrees 04' 38" E a distance of 31.87 feet;

3. S 34 degrees 39' 42" E a distance of 44.83 feet;

4. S 54 degrees 57' 30" E a distance of 107.06 feet;

5. S 47 degrees 56' 36" E a distance of 177.90 feet;

6. S 36 degrees 35' 11" E a distance of 77.76 feet;

7. S 42 degrees 00' 30" E a distance of 88.99 feet;

8. S 55 degrees 40' 29" E a distance of 117.45 feet;

9. S 72 degrees 47' 00" E a distance of 134.20 feet;

10. S 78 degrees 58' 55" E a distance of 113.83 feet;

11. S 73 degrees 06' 35" E a distance of 59.51 feet;

12. S 61 degrees 05' 08" E a distance of 99.24 feet;

13. S 55 degrees 15' 10" E a distance of 127.75 feet;

14. S 80 degrees 40' 11" E a distance of 98.69 feet;

15. S 79 degrees 54' 03" E a distance of 133.05 feet;

16. S 71 degrees 25' 27" E a distance of 47.30 feet;

17. S 55 degrees 02' 53" E a distance of 194.78 feet;

18. N 78 degrees 38' 09" E a distance of 78.40 feet;

19. N 49 degrees 24' 41" E a distance of 62.51 feet;

20. N 55 degrees 40' 25" E a distance of 95.87 feet;

21. N 78 degrees 08' 24" E a distance of 169.21 feet;

22. N 82 degrees 26' 43" E a distance of 116.64 feet;

23. S 86 degrees 34' 52" E a distance of 75.86 feet;

24. S 78 degrees 29' 08" E a distance of 111.42 feet;

25. N 80 degrees 16' 08" E a distance of 72.11 feet; and

26. N 72 degrees 20' 29" E a distance of 85.65 feet;

to the True Point or Place of Beginning.

(b) The State Treasurer, in consultation with the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, shall execute and deliver any instrument needed to carry out the purposes of subsection (a) of this section.

Sec. 11. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall convey to Mary Ellen Pratt, Jennifer Daniell Pentrack, Helen McConnell Copeland, Malcolm D. McConnell and Richard S. McConnell, at a cost of twenty-two thousand five hundred dollars, the 0.741 acre parcel of land in the town of Litchfield which is located on the easterly side of the land owned by said individuals and the northerly side of Mt. Tom State Park Road. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall convey said parcel of land subject to the conditions that (1) the state of Connecticut shall retain all development rights to the parcel, and (2) no structures of any kind may be placed on the parcel by said individuals or their heirs, successors or assigns. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Environmental Protection. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 12. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the town of Wethersfield a parcel of land located in the town of Wethersfield, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 35.8 acres and is identified as the parcel of land located on the southeasterly side of present Two Rod Highway and the westerly side of present Highland Street. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Wethersfield shall use said parcel of land for open space and passive recreational purposes. If the town of Wethersfield:

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 13. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the town of Newington the following four parcels of land located in the town of Newington, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance: (1) Parcel no. 1, having an area of approximately 8.23 acres and located on the westerly side of present Main Street (Conn. Route 176); (2) parcel no. 2, having an area of approximately 9.08 acres and located on the easterly side of present Willard Avenue (Conn. Route 173); (3) parcel no. 3, having an area of approximately 40.3 acres and located on the westerly side of present Willard Avenue (Conn. Route 173) and the easterly side of present Maple Hill Avenue; and (4) parcel no. 4, having an area of approximately 16.3 acres and located on the westerly side of present Maple Hill Avenue. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Newington shall use said parcels of land for open space and passive recreational purposes. If the town of Newington:

(1) Does not use any said parcel for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of any said parcel; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of any said parcel,

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcels of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 14. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the town of Manchester a parcel of land located in the town of Manchester, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 4.15 acres, is shown on the town of Manchester Tax Assessor's Map 72 and is bounded and described as follows:

NORTHERLY: By land now or formerly of the State of Connecticut, 420 feet, more or less;

EASTERLY: By the former Tolland Turnpike, 295 feet, more or less;

SOUTHERLY: By land now or formerly of the Town of Manchester, 497 feet, more or less;

WESTERLY: By land now or formerly of Consolidated Rail Corp., 560 feet, more or less.

The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Manchester shall use said parcel of land for open space purposes. If the town of Manchester:

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 15. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey a parcel of land consisting of the former Bridge Street in the town of Manchester, which has an area of approximately .24 acre, as follows: (1) To the owner or owners of land that abuts former Bridge Street and is now or formerly of Gerard F. and Kathryn A. Thibodeau, the portion of said former Bridge Street located between the extension of the side boundaries of said land across said former Bridge Street, (2) to the owner or owners of land that abuts former Bridge Street and is now or formerly of Stephen M. and Kelly Larkin, the portion of said former Bridge Street located between the extension of the side boundaries of said land across said former Bridge Street, (3) to the owner or owners of land that abuts former Bridge Street and is now or formerly of George H. and Anna L. Fischer, the portion of said former Bridge Street located between the extension of the side boundaries of said land across said former Bridge Street, (4) to the owner or owners of land that abuts former Bridge Street and is now or formerly of Michael P. Weir, the portion of said former Bridge Street located between the extension of the side boundaries of said land across said former Bridge Street, and (5) to the owner or owners of land that abuts former Bridge Street and is now or formerly of Ester A. Stuart, the portion of said former Bridge Street located between the extension of the side boundaries of said land across said former Bridge Street. Each such conveyance shall be made for a cost of one dollar and shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of each such conveyance not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. Each said portion of said parcel of land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyances.

Sec. 16. The conveyance to the Town of Prospect by Prospect Grange No. 144, Inc., doing business as Prospect Grange No. 144 and also known as Prospect Grange Company, Incorporated, of certain real property situated at 23 Center Street, Prospect, Connecticut, by deed executed and delivered by its Master and by its Vice President and Chairman of the Executive Committee on October 28, 1999, is validated.

Sec. 17. Notwithstanding a certain restriction contained in a Quit Claim Deed from the State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation to the Town of Vernon, dated April 19, 1985, and recorded in the Town of Vernon Land Records in volume 550, page 342, that the parcels of land described in said deed shall be used for "Highway Purposes Only", said restriction may be released, relinquished and have no further force and effect, the Town of Vernon may convey said parcels free of said restriction and the parcels may be used for other than highway purposes.

Sec. 18. Section 10-321d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The commission may, using such funds as may be appropriated to it or available from any other source, acquire by gift, grant, bequest, devise, lease, purchase or otherwise historic structures or landmarks, including such adjacent land as may be necessary for the comfort and safety of the visiting public, which the commission determines to be of national or state historical importance and to be of such concern to the public at large that they should be held forever in good condition for visitation by the public and for the protection of the heritages of the people of this state and nation. The commission may restore, maintain and operate, or may lease to private organizations or municipalities for the purpose of restoring, maintaining and operating, such properties in such a condition as to render them suitable for public visitation and to inform the public of the historic event or circumstance connected therewith. The commission may charge reasonable visitation or special event fees, and operate or contract for the operation of gift shops at such properties and use funds received to help defray the cost of maintenance and operation of such properties and to replenish stock. The commission may cooperate with the Department of Environmental Protection and any other appropriate municipal, state or federal agency or private organization in carrying out functions under this section and may enter into agreements for such purposes.

Sec. 19. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Public Works shall convey to the town and city of Hartford a parcel of land located in the town and city of Hartford, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 678 square feet and is bounded and described as follows:

Beginning at a point in the easterly street line of Clinton Street, which point is 172.02 feet northerly of the point of intersection of the said easterly street line of Clinton Street and the northerly street line of Capitol Avenue;

Thence running N 20_ 12' 22" E, along land of the State of Connecticut, 112.00 feet to a point;

Thence running S 69_ 47' 38" E through land of the State of Connecticut, .50 feet to a point;

Thence running southerly through land of the State of Connecticut along a curve to the left having a radius of 36.50 feet, central angle of 25_ 03' 27", 15.96 feet to a point;

Thence continuing southerly through land of the State of Connecticut along a curve to the right having a radius of 48.50 feet, central angle of 25_ 03' 27", 21.21 feet to a point;

Thence running S 20_ 12' 22" W through land of the State of Connecticut, 40.00 feet to a point;

Thence continuing southerly through land of the State of Connecticut along a curve to the right having a radius of 48.50 feet, central angle of 25_ 03' 27", 21.21 feet to a point;

Thence continuing southerly through land of the State of Connecticut along a curve to the left having a radius of 36.50 feet, central angle of 25_ 03' 27", 15.96 feet to a point;

Thence running N 69_ 47' 38" W through land of the State of Connecticut, .50 feet to a point on the east line of Clinton Street at the point and place of beginning.

The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town and city of Hartford shall use said parcel of land for sidewalk relocation. If the town and city of Hartford:

(1) Does not use said parcel for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of said parcel; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of said parcel,

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from The Department of Public Works. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Public Works shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 20. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Public Works shall convey to the Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall Corporation a parcel of land located in the town and city of Hartford, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 2,983 square feet or .069 acre and is bounded and described as follows:

Beginning at a point in the easterly line of Trinity Street, which point is the southwesterly corner of the property herein described and is marked by a merestone;

Thence running North 15_ -55' -12" East along the easterly line of Trinity Street a distance of eighteen and twenty one-hundredths (18.20) feet to a point;

Thence running South 72_ -55' -33" East a distance of one hundred sixty-three and eighty-nine one-hundredths (163.89) feet to a point;

Thence running South 15_ -31' -56" West along the property of The Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall Corp. a distance of eighteen and twenty one-hundredths (18.20) feet to a point.

Thence running North 72_ -55' -33" West along the property of The Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall Corp. a distance of one hundred sixty-four and one one-hundredths (164.01) feet to the point and place of beginning.

RESERVING unto the State of Connecticut, the right, privilege and easement to enter upon the premises herein conveyed (but excluding any buildings now or hereafter located thereon) for the purpose of maintaining, repairing and replacing any buildings or improvements located on the land of the state located to the north of the premises herein conveyed, so long as such maintenance, repair or replacement does not cause damage to, or unreasonably interfere with the use of, the buildings and improvements now or hereafter located on the premises herein conveyed.

The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall Corporation shall use said parcel of land for expansion of the Bushnell Theater. If said corporation:

(1) Does not use said parcel for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of said parcel; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of said parcel,

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Public Works. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Public Works shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 21. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to New Milford Affordable Housing, Inc. a parcel of land located in the town of New Milford, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately .51 acre and is bounded and described as follows:

NORTHEASTERLY By present Blue Bonnet Knoll, 140 feet;

SOUTHWESTERLY By present Blue Bonnet Knoll, 140 feet;

The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) New Milford Affordable Housing, Inc. shall use said parcel of land for affordable housing purposes. If New Milford Affordable Housing, Inc.:

(1) Does not use said parcel for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of said parcel; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of said parcel,

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 22. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Public Safety may contract with the Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Association, Inc. for a project for the construction of a building on a parcel of land having an area of approximately one-half acre on the easterly side of property under the care and control of the Department of Public Safety, known as the Col. Leo J. Mulcahy Complex, which is located in the city of Meriden.

(b) Before the Commissioner of Public Safety decides whether to proceed with the project described in subsection (a) of this section and enter into a contract with the Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Association, Inc., said association shall provide said commissioner with all information concerning the project that the commissioner deems necessary for making such decision, including, but not limited to, information regarding the creditworthiness and financial stability of said association.

(c) If the Commissioner of Public Safety decides to proceed with the project, the contract described in subsection (a) of this section shall include, but not be limited to, provisions authorizing (1) the Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Association, Inc. to construct and then donate to the Department of Public Safety a building on land at the Col. Leo J. Mulcahy Complex, (2) the Commissioner of Public Safety to have final approval of all aspects of the project in accordance with this section, (3) the state of Connecticut to lease said land to said association during development of the project, (4) said commissioner to require compliance by said association with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations, and (5) said commissioner to require said association to post a performance bond and provide adequate insurance during development of the project.

(d) The Commissioner of Public Safety may accept on behalf of the Department of Public Safety the donation of the building to be constructed under this section.

Sec. 23. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the city of New Britain a parcel of land located in the city of New Britain, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately .04 acre and is identified as Lot 101 on city of New Britain Tax Assessor's Map D6c. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The city of New Britain shall use said parcel of land for municipal purposes. If the city of New Britain:

(1) Does not use said parcel for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of said parcel; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of said parcel,

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 24. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, the Commissioner of Transportation shall, not later than March 1, 2001, convey to the town of Manchester a parcel of land located in the town of Manchester, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 22.2 acres and is identified as the parcel of land described in Department of Transportation File #132-97-27. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Manchester shall use the forested floodplain portion of the parcel of land adjacent to the Hockanum River, consisting of approximately twelve acres, for open space purposes and the remainder of said parcel of land, consisting of approximately ten acres, for recreational purposes. If the town of Manchester:

(1) Does not use said parcel for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of said parcel; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of said parcel,

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut. The town of Manchester shall coordinate the site specific details of such forested floodplain with the Department of Transportation.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 25. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the state shall not convey any interest in any portion of a parcel of land located in the city and town of Milford, having an area of approximately 2.24 acres and identified as Parcel 43 in Block 812 on city and town of Milford Tax Assessor's Map 90, until final resolution of the case entitled McQuillan et al. v. Engelman et al., Superior Court, Judicial District of Waterbury, Docket No. X06 CV-99-01534825 through settlement, withdrawal or final judgment, and exhaustion of all appeals.

Sec. 26. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to Orem's Diner of Wilton, Inc. a parcel of land located along Route 7 in the town of Wilton, at a cost equal to the fair market value of said parcel of land, as determined by two separate appraisals. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 1.5 acres. The conveyance agreement shall include a provision that Orem's Diner of Wilton, Inc. accepts the property in its current condition. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 27. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved May 26, 2000