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or other persons, nor any reorganization, dissolution, receivership, consolidation, foreclosure, or any other change in the status or obligation of any redevelopment company, partnership, or individual in any litigation or proceeding in any Federal or other court shall effect any release or any impairment or modification of the lease or terms of sale or of the project area redevelopment plan unless such consent or approval be obtained.

(b) Redevelopment corporations may be organized under the provisions of subchapter 4 of chapter XVIII of the Code of Law for the District of Columbia approved March 3, 1901, as amended (title 29, ch. 2 of the District of Columbia Code, 1940 edition); and said corporations shall have the power to be redevelopment companies under this Act and to acquire and hold real property for the purposes set forth in this Act and to exercise all other powers granted to redevelopment companies in this Act subject to the provisions, limitations, and obligations set forth in this Act.

(c) A redevelopment company, individual, or partnership to which any project area or part thereof is leased or sold under this Act shall keep books of account of its operations of or transactions relating to such area or part thereof entirely separate and distinct from its or his accounts of and for any other project area or part thereof or any other real property or enterprise; and no lien or other interest shall be placed upon any real property in said area to secure any indebtedness or obligation of the redevelopment company, individual, or partnership incurred for or in relation to any property or enterprise outside of said area.

MODIFICATIONS OF REDEVELOPMENT PLANS

Sec. 12. An approved project area redevelopment plan may be modified at any time or times: Provided, That any such modification as it may affect an area or part thereof which has been sold or leased shall not become effective without the consent in writing of the purchaser or lessee thereof: Provided further, That such modification may be effected only through adoption by the Planning Commission and subsequent submission to and approval by the District Commissioners, as hereinafter provided. Before approval, the District Commissioners shall hold a public hearing on the proposed modification, notice of the time and place of which shall be given by mail sent at least ten days prior to the hearing to the then owners of the real properties in the project area and of the real properties immediately adjoining or across the street from the project area. The District Commissioners may refer back to the Planning Commission any project area redevelopment plan, project area boundaries, or modification submitted to it, together with their recommendation for changes in such plan, boundaries, or modification, and, if such recommended changes be adopted by the Planning Commission and be in turn approved by the District Commissioners, the plan, boundaries, or modification as thus changed shall be and become the approved plan, boundaries, or modification.

LIMITATION UPON TAX EXEMPTION

SEC. 13. Nothing contained in this Act shall be construed to authorize or require the exemption of any real property from taxation. No real property acquired by the Agency under this Act shall be exempt from taxation by reason of such acquisition or by reason of the holding thereof by the Agency; and, in the case of any piece of real property, which, under the project area redevelopment plan, is designated to be used for Federal or District or other tax-exempt uses, the exemption of such real property from taxation granted by or in the Act entitled "An Act to define the real property exempt from taxation in the District of Columbia (Public Law 846, Seventyseventh Congress)”, or other statute, shall not commence until title thereto shall have been transferred from the Agency to the United States or the District of Columbia or to a Federal or District public agency as provided in section 7 of this Act or sold or leased to a public redevelopment company or other public corporation or tax-exempt agency and may thereby become exempt from taxation by reason of the provisions of statutes other than this present Act; the intention being that ownership or operation by the Agency in the exercise of its power under this present Act shall not, in and of itself, produce tax exemption.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENDITURE AND EMPLOYMENT

Sec. 14. The Agency is hereby authorized and empowered

(a) to procure services or make any purchase without regard to the provisions of section 3709 of the Revised Statutes, provided the aggregate amount involved is not more than $100;

(b) to secure planning, land economics and valuation services, and other expert services related to the acquisition and disposition of real property, by contract or otherwise, at rates of pay or fees not to exceed those usual for similar services elsewhere, and without regard to the Classification Act of 1923, and to section 3709 of Revised Statutes, as amended : Provided, That this exemption shall not apply to persons employed by the Agency on a permanent basis;

(c) to appoint and employ such officers and employees as it may find necessary for the proper performance of its duties under this Act and to prescribe their authorities, duties, responsibilities, and tenures and fix their compensations; such appointments and employments to be made in conformance with the civil-service laws and the Classification Act of 1923, as amended; and

(d) to make such expenditures, subject to audit under the general law, for the acquisition and maintenance of adequate vehicles, furnishings, equipment, supplies, books of reference, directories, periodicals, newspapers, printing and binding, and for such other expenses as may from time to time be found necessary for the proper administration of this Act.

ANNUAL REPORT

SEC. 15. On or before the last day of September of each year the Agency shall make an annual report to Congress of its operations and expenditures for the immediately preceding fiscal year, said report to include a financial balance sheet of its entire operations hereunder, and a recital in such particularity as is feasible of what the Agency proposes to do during the next succeeding fiscal year. The Agency

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shall make such other and further reports, in such form and at such times as the Congress by concurrent resolution shall require.

APPROPRIATIONS AUTHORIZED

Sec. 16. (a) There is hereby authorized to be appropriated, out of any moneys in the Treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated, whatever amounts are necessary to the Planning Commission, in addition to other funds which may be appropriated to it or private funds made available to it (the acceptance of which is hereby authorized), for the making or modification of a general or comprehensive plan and the making or modification of project area redevelopment plans and for surveys as authorized in this Act, and other administrative expenses in connection therewith. The Commission is also authorized to receive any grants that the Congress may appropriate for said purposes to the various States and municipalities and the District of Columbia.

(b) There is further authorized to be appropriated out of any moneys in the Treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $20,000,000, which sum shall be placed to the credit of a special trust fund to be established for the purposes hereinafter set out. There shall be deposited in the Treasury of the United States and credited to said special trust fund all revenues, rentals, proceeds, and other funds received by the Agency. The said special trust fund is hereby made available to the Agency for the purpose of acquiring real property and performing any act required or authorized by this Act. The Agency shall from time to time submit to the District Commissioners estimates of amounts for the reasonable and necessary expenses of the Agency, including personal services, and such amounts as may be approved by the District Commissioners shall be available from the said special trust fund for such expenses.

(c) As of the last day of the tenth fiscal year beginning after approval of this Act, or as of such later date as may be fixed by the Congress, there shall be transferred and credited to miscellaneous receipts of the United States the balance in the said special trust fund after deducting (a) such amount as may be necessary for the completion of any approved project the acquisition of which has been begun and (b) such amount for operating expenses of the Agency for one year as may be approved by the District Commissioners. If the balance so transferred and credited be insufficient to reimburse the United States for appropriations made pursuant to paragraph (b) of this section, then an amount equal to 50 per centum of the deficit shall be payable to the United States from revenues of the District of Columbia in installments of equal amounts for each of ten years. The District Commissioners shall include in their annual estimates of appropriations items for the payment of such installments. The aforesaid deficit shall be determined by deducting from the total of said appropriations an amount equal to (a) the fund transferred and credited to miscellaneous receipts of the United States, (b) the cost to the Agency of the real property owned by it on said date, and (c) the reserve for completion of approved projects. All subsequent proceeds, revenues, and rentals from said real property shall be credited to the said special trust fund, to be disposed of as the Congress may direct,

· ACQUISITION UNDER DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ALLEY DWELLING ACT Sec. 17. From and after the termination of the period of one year, beginning with the date of the approval of this Act, all authority granted by the Act known as the District of Columbia Alley Dwelling Act, approved June 12, 1934, as amended, to acquire, by purchase, condemnation, or gift, lands, buildings and structures, or any interest therein, is hereby transferred to and vested in the Agency created by this Act. During said one-year period said authority may be exercised by the National Capital Housing Authority only for projects that shall have been approved by the Planning Commission and the District Commissioners: Provided, however, That failure of the Planning Commission or the District Commissioners to approve or disapprove in writing within sixty days after the submission by the National Capital Housing Authority shall be equivalent to a formal approval. Nothing contained in said Alley Dwelling Act or in this Act shall be interpreted as precluding the inclusion at any time of any alley or inhabited alley or alley dwelling or dwelling or square containing an inhabited alley in a project area to be planned, acquired, and disposed of under the provisions of this Act. Any real property acquired by the Agency under the authority of the Alley Dwelling Act may be transferred or may be sold or leased by the Agency as provided in this Act for real property acquired for a project area redevelopment. The National Capital Housing Authority is hereby declared to be a redevelopment company and is hereby granted the power to purchase or lease redevelopment areas or parts thereof from the Agency in accordance with the provisions of this Act. The National Capital Housing Authority shall keep regular books of account in accordance with standard auditing practices, covering all properties operated by it, showing detailed construction costs, management costs, repairs, maintenance, other operating costs, rents, subsidies, grants, allowances and exemptions; such books shall be subject to annual audit by the General Accounting Office; and the annual report of the National Capital Housing Authority shall include a summary of all transactions covered by such books and shall be made available to the public upon request.

AMENDMENT TO DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ALLEY DWELLING ACT

Sec. 18. (a) Section 4 (b) of the Act known as the “District of Columbia Alley Dwelling Act”, approved June 12, 1934, as amended, is further amended to read as follows:

“(b) On and after July 1, 1955, it shall be unlawful to use or occupy any alley building or structuré as a dwelling in the District of Columbia.”

(b) Section 6 of such Act, as amended, is further amended by striking “1947” and inserting in lieu thereof “1955”.

ENCOURAGEMENT AND AID TO PRIVATE LENDING INSTITUTIONS Sec. 19. (a) To provide for and to facilitate the improvement of housing and other improved real estate in the District of Columbia, Federal savings and loan associations of the District of Columbia and building associations and building and loan associations operating under the laws of the District of Columbia are authorized, notwithstanding any other provision of law, to make loans for the improvement of homes or other improved real estate in the District of Columbia without security: Provided, That no such loan without security shall be made in a sum in excess of $2,000.

(b) Any financial institution or other lending organization operating under the laws of the United States or the District of Columbia is authorized, notwithstanding any other law or regulation, to make loans to redevelopment corporations to finance the improvement of any project area as provided in this Act. Any life-insurance company organized under the laws of the District or formed or organized under an Act of Congress is authorized, notwithstanding any other provision of law, to make loans or advances for the purpose of making repairs, alterations, additions, or improvements to homes or other buildings on improved real estate upon which it then holds a first lien to secure a loan previously made, without additional security: Provided, That no such loan or advance shall be made in a sum in excess of $2,000: And provided further, That the amount of such loan or advance when added to the balance due on the original indebtedness shall not exceed the amount originally secured by the first lien.

EFFECT UPON EXISTING STATUTES

Sec. 20. (a) In the making and approval of project area redevelopment plans, the Planning Commission and the District Commissioners shall not be limited or bound by the provisions of sections 7–108, 7-117, 7-122, and 7–301 of the District of Columbia Code (1940 edition) (Act of March 2, 1893, 27 Stat. 532, ch. 197, sec. 1; Act of May 31, 1900, 31 Stat. 248, ch. 599, sec. 2; Act of March 4, 1913, 37 Stat. 949, ch. 150; Act of March 3, 1901, 31 Stat. 1429, ch. 854, sec. 1608, as amended) relating to width, location, and length of streets and highways. No department, instrumentality, agency, or official of the Federal Government or of the District of Columbia shall have any power to release or modify or depart from any feature or detail of an approved redevelopment plan or part thereof unless such release, modification, or departure be adopted by the Planning Commission and approved by the District Commissioners in accordance with the provisions of section 12 of this Act or unless the modification or departure be approved by Act of Congress.

(b) Any power granted the District Commissioners or any District or Federal agency by the District of Columbia Code or by any statute may, in addition to the purposes now specified, be exercised in furtherance of the protection or carrying out of any redevelopment plan or modification made and approved under this Act.

SEPARABILITY OF PROVISIONS

Sec. 21. If any provisions of this Act or the application thereof to any body, agency, situation, or circumstances be held invalid, the remainder of the Act and the application of such provision to other bodies, agencies, situations, or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.

SEC. 22. This Act shall take effect ninety days after the date of its approval.

Approved August 2, 1946.

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