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Acquisition of property
Municipal Housing Authorities (MHA) CHAPTER ROOT, ARTICLE 5
* § 69. Acquisition of property. 1. When an authority has determined
that unsanitary or substandard housing conditions exist in a section or
sections of the municipality, it may secure options on real property in
such areas or elsewhere. No authority may purchase or condemn or
obligate itself to purchase or condemn real property except in
connection with a project approved, if a federal project, by the federal
government, or if a non-federal project, by the mayor, and in case of
counties, by the county executive, and by the comptroller of the
municipality. But an authority may purchase or obligate itself to
purchase specific real property for proposed projects prior to such
approval if such purchase is consented to in writing by the federal
government in the case of a proposed federal project, or by the mayor or
county executive and the comptroller in the case of a proposed
non-federal project. An authority may, with the approval of the federal
government, lease or acquire by purchase, eminent domain or otherwise,
any property, real or personal, which it may deem necessary for any
project or housing plan or undertaking of the federal government, and
may, upon such terms and conditions as it may deem advisable, with or
without consideration, lease, transfer, assign, convey, or deliver such
property or possession thereof to such government.

2. In connection with projects located within their respective
territorial boundaries, a municipality or government may, upon such
terms, with or without consideration, as it may deem advisable, grant,
sell, convey or lease any of its property to an authority or to a
government, or render services or provide and maintain parks, sewage, or
other facilities adjacent to or in connection with a project. A
municipality may enter into an agreement with an authority or a
government, upon such terms as it shall determine, with or without
compensation, to open, pave, install, close or change the grade of
streets, roads, roadways, alleys, sidewalks, or other places, to change
the municipal map, to plan, replan, zone of rezone any section of the
municipality. In connection with the exercise of this power a
municipality may, if it deems advisable, incur the entire expense of any
such public improvements located within its territorial boundaries
without assessment against abutting property owners. Any statute,
charter, local law or ordinance to the contrary notwithstanding, any
grant, sale, conveyance or lease may be made by a municipality or
government to an authority or government, in connection with a project,
without appraisal, public notice, advertisement or public bidding.

* NB The text of Article 5 of the former State Housing Law (cited
herein as the "Municipal Housing Authorities Law"), as such article
existed immediately prior to its repeal pursuant to section 227 of
Chapter 808 of the Laws of 1939, is provided here for ease of reference
and historical purposes as such text continues to be applicable for the
New York City Housing Authority pursuant to the provisions of section
401 of the current Public Housing Law.