MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

2007 Regular Session

To: Public Property

By: Representative Weathersby

House Bill 1033

(As Sent to Governor)

AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION SHALL CONVEY TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY KNOWN AS THE OLD FARMERS' MARKET AND LOCATED IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI; TO REQUIRE THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER SHALL USE THE PROPERTY FOR A RESEARCH PARK; TO REQUIRE THAT A PORTION OF THE PROPERTY SHALL BE RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MISSISSIPPI INDUSTRIES FOR THE BLIND FACILITY AND THE STATE RECORDS CENTER; TO AUTHORIZE THE JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY EDUCATIONAL BUILDING CORPORATION, THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE STATE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING TO CONVEY CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY LOCATED ADJACENT TO JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS IN THE CITY OF JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, TO THE JACKSON REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY; TO CREATE A LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION; TO AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH TO TRANSFER TO THE CITY OF WAVELAND, CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY, AND ANY IMPROVEMENTS, RIGHTS AND APPURTENANCES THEREON, LOCATED IN WAVELAND, MISSISSIPPI; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

SECTION 1. Acting on behalf of the State of Mississippi, the Department of Finance and Administration shall convey to the University of Mississippi Medical Center certain state-owned real property, and any improvements, rights and appurtenances thereon, that is known as the old Farmers' Market and located in Jackson, Mississippi, subject to the conditions set forth in this section, which shall be specified with particularity in the conveyance document:

(a) The property shall be used by the University of Mississippi Medical Center exclusively as a research park, and if the property is not so used within five (5) years from the effective date of this act, then the title to the property and all improvements, rights and appurtenances thereon shall revert to and be vested in the State of Mississippi.

(b) A portion of the property, as approved by the Department of Finance and Administration, shall be reserved exclusively for the construction of the Mississippi Industries for the Blind facility and of the State Records Center, both of which have been authorized under Sections 97 through 118, Chapter 1, Laws of 2004 Third Extraordinary Session, as amended by Section 13, Chapter 538, Laws of 2006 Regular Session, and such portion of the property may not be used for any other purpose. Such reserved property being more particularly described as follows:

PARCEL ONE - BEING RESERVED FOR USE BY THE STATE RECORDS OFFICE AND MISSISSIPPI INDUSTRIES FOR THE BLIND:

A certain 1.66 acre tract of land, more or less, in the Southwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 and in the Southeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 27, Township 6 North, Range 1 East, City of Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, in the First Judicial District of Hinds County, Mississippi, and being wholly within the corporate limits of the City of Jackson, starting at a concrete monument that is the point of intersection of the north line of Woodrow Wilson Avenue and the west line of North West Street, as said avenue and street are now laid out and improved in the City of Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi; run thence N 00 degrees - 05 minutes W along said West line of North West Street for a distance of 827.00 feet to the point of beginning; run thence S 89 degrees - 37 minutes W along the north line of the Mississippi Farmers' Market for a distance of 1176.60 feet to a point on the east line of North Mill Street, as said street is now laid out and improved in the City of Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi; to the point of beginning:

Run thence N 12 degrees - 09 minutes E along said east line of North Mill Street for a distance of 200 feet to a stake; run thence N 89 degrees - 37 minutes E for a distance of 360 feet to a stake; run thence S 00 degrees - 05 minutes E for a distance of 198.00 feet more or less; run thence S 89 degrees - 37 minutes W along the north line of the Mississippi Farmers' Central Market to the place of beginning.

The above described land is subject to an easement for railroad spur tracks from the Mississippi Central (Farmers) Market to the Illinois Central Railroad.

PARCEL TWO - BEING RESERVED FOR USE BY THE STATE RECORDS OFFICE AND MISSISSIPPI INDUSTRIES FOR THE BLIND:

A certain 9.065 acre tract of land in the South 1/2 of Section 27, Township 6 North, Range 1 East, City of Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, being part of 20.04 acres known as the Old Central Farmers' Market, commencing at the intersection of the West line of North West Street and the North line of Woodrow Wilson Avenue, run North 00 05' 00" West along the West line of North West Street for a distance of 500.60 feet to a Point of Beginning; thence continue North 00 05' 00" West along the West line of North West Street for a distance of 326.40 feet to a point; thence South 89 37' 00" West for a distance of 1174.60 feet to a point on the East line of North Mill Street; thence South 12 04' 17" West for a distance of 334.26 feet along the East line of North Mill Street to a point; thence North 89 37' 00" East for a distance of 1244.98 feet to the point of beginning.

EASEMENT DESCRIPTION - BEING RESERVED FOR USE BY THE STATE RECORDS OFFICE AND MISSISSIPPI INDUSTRIES FOR THE BLIND:

A certain 1.787 acre tract of land in the South 1/2 of Section 27, Township 6 North, Range 1 East, City of Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, being part of 20.04 acres known as the Old Central Farmers' Market, commencing at the intersection of the West line of North West Street and the North line of Woodrow Wilson Avenue, run North 00 05 00" West along the West line of North West Street for a distance of 438.40 feet to a point of beginning; thence continue North 00 05 00" West along the West line of North West Street for a distance of 62.20 feet to a point; thence South 89 37' 00" West for a distance of 1244.98 feet to a point on the East line of North Mill Street; thence South 12 04' 17" West for a distance of 63.70 feet along the East line of North Mill Street to a point; thence North 89 37' 00" East for a distance of 1258.39 feet to the point of beginning.

However, if either the State Records Office or the Mississippi Industries for the Blind finds a more suitable facility or location in the City of Jackson based on construction costs, financing costs and time for occupancy that, acting through the Department of Finance and Administration, such entity either purchase or lease purchase, then the land reserved for that entity under this act and authorized under Sections 97 through 118, Chapter 1, Laws of 2004 Third Extraordinary Session, as amended by Section 13, Chapter 538, Laws of 2006 Regular Session, shall be transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center under the terms included herein.

(c) After the conveyance of the property, the Department of Finance and Administration shall have jurisdiction over the enforcement of all laws of the State of Mississippi on the property and shall provide the security personnel and equipment necessary to maintain safety and order on the property.

(d) The State of Mississippi shall retain all mineral rights in the property.

SECTION 2. The Jackson State University Educational Building Corporation is hereby authorized and empowered to convey to the Jackson Redevelopment Authority, the urban renewal agency of the City of Jackson, Mississippi, created pursuant to Section 43-35-1 et seq., Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, by donation or otherwise, all real property owned by it located in the area adjacent to the Jackson State University campus in the City of Jackson, Mississippi, within the area defined by Lynch Street as the southern boundary, Dalton Street as the western boundary, the Metro Parkway as the northern boundary and Terry Road as the eastern boundary, for the purpose of assisting the development of workforce housing, student housing, academic facilities, community service facilities, retail facilities, parking facilities and related improvements.

SECTION 3. The Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration is hereby authorized and empowered to convey to the Jackson Redevelopment Authority, the urban renewal agency of the City of Jackson, Mississippi, created pursuant to Section 43-35-1 et seq., Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, by donation or otherwise, all real property owned by it located in the area adjacent to the Jackson State University campus in the City of Jackson, Mississippi, within the area defined by Lynch Street as the southern boundary, Dalton Street as the western boundary, the Metro Parkway as the northern boundary and Terry Road as the eastern boundary, for the purpose of assisting the development of workforce housing, student housing, academic facilities, community service facilities, retail facilities, parking facilities and related improvements. The property to be conveyed may include, but shall not be limited to, the lands and real property described in instruments of record in the Office of the Chancery Clerk of Hinds County, Mississippi, in the following Deed Books and at the following respective pages of the land records of said clerk:

Deed Book 5214 at page 412;

Deed Book 5858 at page 121;

Deed Book 6033 at page 304;

Deed Book 6033 at page 307.

SECTION 4. The Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning, for and on behalf of Jackson State University, is hereby authorized and empowered to convey to the Jackson Redevelopment Authority, the urban renewal agency of the City of Jackson, Mississippi, created pursuant to Section 43-35-1 et seq., Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, by donation or otherwise, all real property owned by it located in the area adjacent to the Jackson State University campus in the City of Jackson, Mississippi, within the area defined by Lynch Street as the southern boundary, Dalton Street as the western boundary, the Metro Parkway as the northern boundary and Terry Road as the eastern boundary, for the purpose of assisting the development of workforce housing, student housing, academic facilities, community service facilities, retail facilities, parking facilities and related improvements. The property to be conveyed may include, but shall not be limited to, the lands and real property described in instruments of record in the Office of the Chancery Clerk of Hinds County, Mississippi, in the following Deed Books and at the following respective pages of the land records of said clerk:

Deed Book 5938 at page 369;

Deed Book 5938 at page 437.

SECTION 5. There is created a Legislative advisory committee to consult with the Department of Finance and Administration with regard to the property described in Section 1 of this act and to the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning with regard to the properties described in Sections 2 through 4 of this act, which shall be composed of the following members:

(a) The respective chairmen of the Public Property Committees and the Universities and Colleges Committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate;

(b) Two (2) members of the House of Representatives, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; and

(c) Two (2) members of the Senate, to be appointed by the Lieutenant Governor.

The respective Chairmen of the Senate and House Public Property Committees shall serve as cochairmen of the committee. All members of the advisory committee shall be notified in writing of all meetings, such notices to be mailed at least five (5) days prior to the date on which a meeting is to be held. Members of the committee shall be paid from the contingent expense funds of their respective houses in the same manner as provided for committee meetings when the Legislature is not in session.

SECTION 6. (1) In consideration for the property described in subsection (2), the Department of Mental Health is authorized to transfer to the City of Waveland certain real property, and any improvements, rights and appurtenances thereon, located in the City of Waveland, situated on two (2) parcels of land, which is comprised of approximately 3.28 acres, being more particularly described as follows:

PARCEL ONE:

Commencing at the Southwest corner of Section 35, Township 8 South, Range 14 West, Hancock County, Mississippi; Thence South 89 50' East 50.00 feet along the South line of said Section to a point; Thence North 4 56' East 358.00 feet to the Southwest corner of Block 138 of the Bay St. Louis Land and Improvement Company's Subdivision of the Bay St. Louis Land and Improvement Company's First Addition to the City of Bay St. Louis and Waveland, for the Point of Beginning; Thence North 4 56' East 288.00 feet along the West line of said Block 138 to a 1/2" iron rod at the Northwest corner of said Block; Thence South 89 50' East 257.43 feet along the North line of said Block 138 to a 1/2" iron rod at the Northeast corner of said Block; Thence South 4 56' West 288.00 feet along the east line of said Block 138 to the Southeast corner of said Block; Thence North 89 50' West along the South line of said Block 138 to the Point of Beginning; Containing 1.70 acres, more or less, and being all of Lots 1 thru 20, inclusive, of Block 138, of the Bay St. Louis Land and Improvement Company's Subdivision of the Bay St. Louis Land and Improvement Company's First Addition to the City of Bay St. Louis and Waveland, and being part of the Southwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 35, Township 8 South, Range 14 West, Hancock County, Mississippi.

PARCEL TWO:

Commencing at the Southwest corner of Section 35, Township 8 South, Range 14 West, Hancock County, Mississippi; Thence South 89 50' East 50.00 feet along the South line of said Section to a point; Thence North 4 56' East 40.00 feet to the Southwest corner of Block 139 of the Bay St. Louis Land and Improvement Company's Subdivision of the Bay St. Louis Land and Improvement Company's First Addition to the City of Bay St. Louis and Waveland, for the Point of Beginning; Thence North 4 56' East 268.00 feet along the West line of said Block 139 to a 1/2" iron rod at the Northwest corner of said Block; Thence South 89 50' East 257.43 feet along the North line of said Block 139 to a 1/2" iron rod at the Northeast corner of said Block; Thence South 4 56' West 268.00 feet along the east line of said Block 139 to the Southeast corner of said Block; Thence North 89 50' West along the South line of said Block 139 to the Point of Beginning; Containing 1.58 acres, more or less, and being all of Lots 1 thru 20, inclusive, of Block 139, of the Bay St. Louis Land and Improvement Company's Subdivision of the Bay St. Louis Land and Improvement Company's First Addition to the City of Bay St. Louis and Waveland, and being part of the Southwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 35, Township 8 South, Range 14 West, Hancock County, Mississippi.

(2) After the transfer of the property described in subsection (1), the City of Waveland shall arrange, facilitate and coordinate the transfer of an appropriate parcel of property, subject to approval of the Department of Mental Health, for the construction of two (2) group homes within the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region.

SECTION 7. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.