CHAPTER 262

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 804

AN ACT TO AMEND VOLUME 57, CHAPTER 323, LAWS OF DELAWARE, RELATING TO THE CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF THE "PUBLIC BUILDING" IN WILMINGTON BY REPEALING SAME: AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF SAID BUILDING BY THE STATE FROM THE CITY OF WILMINGTON AND NEW CASTLE COUNTY AT FAIR MARKET VALUE AND MAKING A SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION THEREFOR.

WHEREAS, the Public Building located on the Square bounded King, Tenth, French, and Eleventh Streets in the City of Wilmington and formerly used by the City and New Castle County as an administrative headquarters has vacant space which could be used for courtrooms and the provision of other State services; and

WHEREAS, the Public Building is a significant landmark of unique architectural and historical importance and that its continued maintenance and preservation will help to maintain the traditional character and beauty of the Rodney Square area in Wilmington; and

WHEREAS, the continued provision of government services within this Building will be an emenity for all residents of the State of Delaware; and

WHEREAS, the fair market value of the Public Building land and improvements as described above has been determined to be $3,598,000 and the purchase of same for said fair market value would benefit the State by providing prime space for the location of courts and offices of State agencies, as well as providing a method for preserving the unique architectural and historic heritage which the Public Building embodies; and

WHEREAS, the conveyance of the Public Building to the State pursuant to this Act is deemed to be for a public purpose;

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Purchase by State Authorized. The Governor of the State of Delaware and his authorized representative, Secretary of Administrative Services, are authorized and directed to enter into an Agreement of Sale to purchase the Public Building from the City of Wilmington and New Castle County for the total purchase price of $3,598,000 under such terms and conditions as are mutually agreed to by and among the parties.

Section 2. Supplementary Appropriation Authorized. The sum of $723,000 is hereby appropriated to the Department of Administrative Services of the State of Delaware. Said sum shall be paid by the State Treasurer from General Fund monies not otherwise appropriated and shall be used for the payment of any installments or other charges and expenses, which may come due during fiscal year 1980 arising out of the sale of the Public Building by the City of Wilmington and New Castle County to the State of Delaware.

Section 3. Repeal of Laws of Delaware. Volume 57, Chapter 323, Laws of Delaware, is hereby repealed in its entirety.

Section 4. Inapplicability of Certain Code Sections. The provisions of Title 9, Section 1521 (e) and (f), Delaware Code, shall not apply to this sale.

Section 5. Reversion. Funds appropriated by this Act and remaining unexpended or unencumbered on September 30, 1980 shall revert to the General Fund of the State of Delaware.

Approved June 19, 1980