Substitute Senate Bill No. 794

Public Act No. 01-172

AN ACT CONCERNING CONSULTANTS ON STATE PROJECTS, THE DEMOLITION OF STATE FACILITIES, THE CONNECTICUT CAPITOL CENTER COMMISSION AND THE CONNECTICUT CAPITOL CENTER MASTER PLAN.

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

Section 1. Subdivision (4) of section 4b-24 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(4) The commissioner may designate projects to be accomplished on a total cost basis for (A) new facilities to provide for the substantial space needs of a requesting agency, [or] (B) the installation of mechanical or electrical equipment systems in existing state facilities, or (C) the demolition of any state facility that the commissioner is authorized to demolish under the general statutes. If the commissioner designates a project as a designated total cost basis project, the commissioner may enter into a single contract with a private developer which [includes] may include such project elements as site acquisition, [if applicable,] architectural design and construction. All contracts for such designated projects shall be based on competitive proposals received by the commissioner, who shall give notice of such project, and specifications [therefor] for the project, by advertising, at least once, in a newspaper having a substantial circulation in the area in which such project is to be located. The commissioner shall determine all other requirements and conditions for such proposals and awards and shall have sole responsibility for all other aspects of such contracts. [If applicable, such] Such contracts shall state clearly the responsibilities of the developer to deliver a completed and acceptable [facility] product on a date certain, the maximum cost of the project and, as a separate item, the cost of site acquisition, if applicable. No such contract may be entered into by the commissioner without the prior approval of the State Properties Review Board and unless funding has been authorized pursuant to the general statutes or a public or special act.

Sec. 2. Subsection (g) of section 4b-55 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(g) "Project" means any state program requiring consultant services if (1) the cost of such services is estimated to exceed fifty thousand dollars or, in the case of a constituent unit of the state system of higher education, the cost of such services is estimated to exceed three hundred thousand dollars, [or] and (2) the construction costs in connection with such program are estimated to exceed five hundred thousand dollars; or, in the case of a constituent unit of the state system of higher education, other than The University of Connecticut, the construction costs in connection with such program are estimated to exceed two million dollars.

Sec. 3. Subsection (d) of section 4b-51 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(d) (1) Notwithstanding any [provisions] provision of the general statutes to the contrary, the Commissioner of Public Works shall select, subject to the provisions of this subsection, consultants for projects authorized under subsection (b) of this section from a list approved by said commissioner. Fees for such consultant services shall not exceed fifty thousand dollars, except that, in the case of a project of a constituent unit of the state system of higher education, fees for such services shall not exceed three hundred thousand dollars. As used in this subsection, "consultant" means "consultant" as defined in section 4b-55, and "consultant services" means "consultant services" as defined in section 4b-55.

(2) Individuals may apply to the commissioner to be included in the list of consultants. Such application shall be on such form as the commissioner prescribes. At least twice a year, the commissioner shall invite requests for inclusion in the list by advertising in (A) one or more newspapers having a circulation in each county in this state and (B) publications that are marketed to small businesses in this state.

Sec. 4. (NEW) (a) There is established a Connecticut Capitol Center Commission. The commission shall consist of (1) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or the secretary's designee; (2) the Commissioner of Public Works, or the commissioner's designee; (3) the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, or the commissioner's designee; (4) the executive director of the State Commission on the Arts, or the executive director's designee; (5) one member appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; (6) one member appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (7) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (8) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (9) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (10) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (11) the chairperson of the Hartford Commission on the City Plan; (12) one member appointed by the mayor of the city of Hartford; and (13) one member from the South Downtown Neighborhood Revitalization committee.

(b) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or the secretary's designee, shall serve as chairperson of the commission. The chairperson shall schedule the first meeting of the commission which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(c) The commission shall review the master plan for the development of the Connecticut Capitol Center in Hartford and make recommendations in accordance with section 4b-66, as amended by this act.

Sec. 5. Section 4b-66 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) There shall continue to be a master plan for the development of the Connecticut Capitol Center in Hartford within the following-described area to be known as the Capitol Center District: All of the land within the city of Hartford bounded by Bushnell Park, Wells Street, Main Street, Buckingham Street, Wadsworth Street to Cedar Street following the rear property lines of property fronting on Buckingham Street, Cedar Street, a line extended east from Grand Street, Grand Street, Oak Street, the parcel at the southwest corner of Russ Street and Oak Street, Russ Street, Broad Street, and the right-of-way of the New Haven Railroad to Bushnell Park. The Capitol Center District shall, where feasible, be the location of the central offices, and their ancillary facilities, of the three branches of the state government. The district shall also contain those noncentral offices, and their ancillary facilities, which serve the Hartford area and which can feasibly fulfill their functions at this location, except that this shall not prohibit the construction or leasing by the state of courts and courthouses outside of the Capitol Center District. Nongovernmental uses, [such as] including, but not limited to, social, cultural, residential, [retailing and so forth,] and retail uses may be incorporated in the area as ancillary uses.

(b) The master plan shall include, but need not be limited to, the following: Land use, property acquisition, business and residential relocation, street system alignments and dimensions, internal circulation systems, parking facilities, utilities and services systems, landscaping, lighting and amenities, and building space use priorities, including programming, controls and restrictions, provided such master plan shall not provide for the acquisition of the property known as the Horace Bushnell Memorial without prior certification by the board of trustees of the Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall Corporation that the acquisition by the state of said property is in conformance with the plans of the corporation. As an integral part of the master plan, there shall be a capital improvements program, both short range and long range, indicating recommended scheduling of the various phases of construction and estimated costs therefor in order that the development of the Connecticut Capitol Center may be undertaken in an orderly and logical way and so that the needs of the central offices of state government can be met in a timely manner.

(c) Not later than January 1, 2003, and every five years thereafter, the Connecticut Capitol Center Commission established pursuant to section 4 of this act shall (1) review the master plan, and (2) submit a report on its findings and proposed changes to the master plan to the Governor and to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations, government administration and finance, revenue and bonding.

Approved July 6, 2001