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Sec. 8-294. Disposition of property by urban rehabilitation agency.

      Sec. 8-294. Disposition of property by urban rehabilitation agency. (a) Upon acquisition of real property by the urban rehabilitation agency under section 8-293, the urban rehabilitation agency shall publish at least twice a notice in a newspaper having general circulation in the municipality that such property is available. Such notice shall include the estimated purchase price, the qualifications of the applicant, procedures for bidding on the property and the closing date for such bidding. The second notice shall be published not less than two weeks before such closing date.

      (b) Within thirty days after the closing date for bidding, the urban rehabilitation agency shall recommend to the legislative body the transfer of abandoned property to a qualified applicant under such terms and conditions as are determined by the agency, provided the applicant shall be selected in accordance with priorities established under section 8-295.

      (c) The legislative body may, by resolution, vote to transfer the urban rehabilitation property with or without compensation to the person selected pursuant to subsection (b) of this section. Such transfer shall be made pursuant to a contract of sale and rehabilitation which shall provide among other things that (1) the property transferred be rehabilitated predominantly for industrial or commercial use and be brought into and maintained in conformity with applicable health, housing and building code standards; (2) that the rehabilitation shall commence and be completed within a period of time as determined by the urban rehabilitation agency; (3) prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the building official, no transfer of the property or any interest therein, except a transfer to a bona fide mortgagee or similar lien holder, may be made by the rehabilitator without the approval of the urban rehabilitation agency, provided any such transfer may only be made for a consideration not in excess of the cost of the property to the rehabilitator together with the costs of any improvements made thereon by the rehabilitator; (4) in the sale or rental of the property, or any portion of such property, no person shall be discriminated against because of such person's race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression or national origin; (5) representatives of the urban rehabilitation agency, representatives of the municipality, and if state or federal assistance is involved, representatives of the federal and state governments shall be allowed access to the property during normal business hours for the purpose of inspecting compliance with the provisions of this subsection.

      (P.A. 77-503, S. 5; P.A. 86-403, S. 19, 132; P.A. 06-196, S. 193; P.A. 11-55, S. 6.)

      History: P.A. 86-403 made technical change in Subsec. (b); P.A. 06-196 made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (c), effective June 7, 2006; P.A. 11-55 amended Subsec. (c)(4) to prohibit discrimination on basis of gender identity or expression.

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