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Souse Bill No. 5239

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-195

AN ACT CONCERNING THE REVITALIZATION OF HOUSING PROJECTS OPERATED BY LOCAL HOUSING AUTHORITIES.

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

Section 8-64a of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 95-250, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

No housing authority which receives or has received any state financial assistance may sell, lease, transfer or destroy, or contract to sell, lease, transfer or destroy, any housing project or portion thereof in any case where such project or portion thereof would no longer be available for the purpose of low or moderate income rental housing as a result of such sale, lease, transfer or destruction, except the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development may grant written approval for the sale, lease, transfer or destruction of a housing project if the commissioner finds, after a public hearing, that (1) the sale, lease, transfer or destruction is in the best interest of the state and the municipality in which the project is located, (2) an adequate supply of low or moderate income rental housing exists in the municipality in which the project is located, AND (3) [the housing project or portion thereof which is to be sold, leased, transferred or destroyed has been or will be replaced with an equal number of dwelling units which will be used for the purpose of low or moderate income rental housing, provided such replacement units shall be newly constructed dwelling units or dwelling units created through the rehabilitation of any building which is neither currently nor was previously used for housing, or both, and (4)] any person who is displaced as a result of the sale, lease, transfer or destruction will be relocated to a comparable dwelling unit in the same municipality and will receive relocation assistance under chapter 135. The commissioner shall give the residents of the housing project or portion thereof which is to be sold, leased, transferred or destroyed written notice of said public hearing by first class mail not less than ninety days before the date of the hearing. Said written approval shall contain a statement of facts supporting the findings of the commissioner. This section shall not apply to the sale, lease, transfer or destruction of a housing project pursuant to the terms of any contract entered into before June 3, 1988. This section shall not apply to phase I of Father Panik Village in Bridgeport and Elm Haven in New Haven.

Approved June 7, 1996. Effective October 1, 1996.

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