Box 9, Folder 26, Document 10

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Box 9, Folder 26, Document 10

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An Amendment
To amend title I of the Housing Act of 1949 to authorize
financial assistance for urban renewal projects involving the
central business district of a community i·1ithout · regard to certain
requirements otherwise applicable.
That title I of the Housing Act of 1949 is amended by adding
at the end thereof a new section as follows:
"SEC. 118.
community determines
In any case where the governing body of a
(1) that there exists in the central business
district of such community conditions which (A) impose severe
public, economic, or social liabilities, (B) impair, arrest, or
prevent the sound growth, development, or redevelopment of the
community, or (C) constitute a serious and growing threat to the
public health, safety, morals, and welfare of the community, and
(2) that the undertaking of an urban renewal project in such
district will alleviate or remove such conditions and promote the
public welfare and the proper development of the community, the
Administrator is authorized to extend financial assistance under
this title for such project without regard to the requirements
in sec tion 110 with respect to the predominantly residential
character or predominantly residential r euse of urban renewal
In contracting for any such project, the Administrator
shall consider the need to plan for, and carry out undertakings
with respect to, a sufficiently large area to accomplish the
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objectives of this title, and (i) the necessity for staging the
project undertakings and activities on a functional rather than
geographic basis, (ii) the provision of increased opportunities for
effecting the relocation of displaced individuals and business concerns, and (iii) the greater amount of time that may be required
for achieving such objectives through selective and coordinated
Site improvements and supporting facilities which are
peculiarly appropriate to the revitalization and renewal of the
central business district of the community involved, when provided
by a public body or entity, shall be eligible as part of gross project cost and as a local grant-in-a id in connection with a ny such
urban renewal project.
Upon appr oval by t he Secretar y a n d subject t o s uch
co n d i tions as he may determin e to be in th e public int erest , t h e
loc a l
p ublic agency may a c qui r e struc tur e s situa ted i n any u r b a n
r ene wal a rea approved fo r a project unde r subsection (a) whi ch ar e
d e t e rmi n e d to be of unu s u a l s ignifi c anc e f o r histo r ic a l
or other
reasons, restore or rehabilitate t hem, and make a vail able the
restored or r e hab il itat e d structure s t o any n onpro f it c o rp o rat ion
o r ass oc iation, or pub l i c b o dy o r age nc y , f o r p u rchase at fair
value f or nonpr o prietary uses in t he publ i c i n t erest.
As used in th i s section, the term 'central business
district' means the administrative, commercial, financial, governmental : and cultural center of a community, including its support ing service areas."

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