H.R. 687 (104th): To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain lands in the Sam Houston National Forest in ...

...the State of Texas to the current occupant of the lands, the Gulf Coast Trades Center.

104th Congress, 1995–1996. Text as of Jan 25, 1995 (Introduced).

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HR 687 IH

104th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 687

To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain lands in the Sam Houston National Forest in the State of Texas to the current occupant of the lands, the Gulf Coast Trades Center.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 25, 1995

Mr. WILSON introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources


A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain lands in the Sam Houston National Forest in the State of Texas to the current occupant of the lands, the Gulf Coast Trades Center.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. LAND CONVEYANCE, SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL FOREST, TEXAS.

    (a) FINDINGS- Congress finds the following:

      (1) The Gulf Coast Trades Center (in this section referred to as the ‘Center’), a private nonprofit organization chartered by the State of Texas, occupies a 46.7 acre former Job Corps site under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture in the Sam Houston National Forest near New Waverly, Texas.

      (2) The Center has expended over $400,000 in performing necessary repairs and maintenance to buildings and improvements on the site and has replaced dilapidated buildings on the site with new structures at a cost to the Center of over $1,500,000.

      (3) The residual value of the buildings and improvements owned by the United States is a minor contributory portion of the value of the site.

      (4) The Center operates a residential vocational training program on the site and has provided training for approximately 8,000 disadvantaged youth since 1971.

      (5) The Center also provides educational, social, and support services, preemployment and work maturity instruction, group counseling, and instruction in substance abuse prevention and transitional living skills at the site.

    (b) CONVEYANCE REQUIRED- Subject to valid existing rights, the Secretary of Agriculture shall convey to the Center by quitclaim deed all right, title, and interest of the United States in a parcel of National Forest System land, including all buildings and improvements owned by the United States on the parcel, consisting of approximately 46.7 acres and containing the former New Waverly Job Corps Center in the Sam Houston National Forest, Texas, which is currently occupied by the Center under a special use permit. The parcel to be conveyed is identified upon a map entitled ‘Gulf Coast Trades Center Exchange’, dated September 1994, and available for inspection in the offices of the Supervisor of the National Forests in Texas and the Chief of the Forest Service.

    (c) CONSIDERATION-

      (1) PAYMENT OF FAIR MARKET VALUE- As consideration for the conveyance under subsection (b), the Center shall pay to the Secretary of Agriculture an amount equal to the fair market value of the parcel to be conveyed, as determined by the Secretary under paragraph (2).

      (2) VALUATION- The Secretary of Agriculture shall appraise the parcel to be conveyed under subsection (b) to determine the fair market value of the federally owned lands and interests in the parcel; except that the Secretary shall--

        (A) limit the appraised value to the value of the land and the contributory value of the infrastructure, including the water and sewer systems; and

        (B) exclude from the appraisal the value of all buildings on the parcel and all improvements made by the Center on the parcel.

      (3) DEPOSIT OF PAYMENT- The Secretary of Agriculture shall deposit amounts received under paragraph (1) into the special fund in the Treasury into which funds are deposited pursuant to the Act of December 4, 1967 (16 U.S.C. 484a), commonly known as the Sisk Act. Upon appropriation, the amounts deposited shall be available to the Secretary until expended for the acquisition of lands and interests in lands in the State of Texas that are suitable for inclusion in the National Forest System.

      (4) CONVEYANCE COSTS- The Secretary and the Center shall share equally in the costs of preparing and executing the conveyance required by subsection (b), including the costs of conducting the appraisal under this subsection.

    (d) CONDITION OF CONVEYANCE- The conveyance under subsection (b) shall be subject to the condition that the Center (or any successor in interest to the Center) use the conveyed lands for nonprofit educational and training purposes.

    (e) RIGHT OF REENTRY- If the Secretary of Agriculture determines that the conveyed parcel is not being used in accordance with subsection (d), then, at the option of the Secretary, the United States shall have a right of reentry with regard to the property.

    (f) ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS- The Secretary of Agriculture may require such additional terms and conditions in connection with the conveyance under subsection (b) as the Secretary considers appropriate to protect the interests of the United States.