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Title 18. Health, Safety, and Housing
Chapter 55. Housing, Public Buildings, Urban Renewal, and Regional Housing Authorities
Section 520. Powers of the Corporation.
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AS 18.55.520. Powers of the Corporation.

In addition to all powers previously vested in or granted to the corporation by any other law, the corporation has all the powers necessary or convenient to carry out and effectuate the purposes and provisions of AS 18.55.480 - 18.55.960, including the following powers:

(1) to prepare or have prepared and to recommend redevelopment plans to the governing body of any municipality within its area of operation and to undertake and carry out redevelopment projects within its area of operation;

(2) to arrange or contract for the furnishing or repair, by any person or agency, public or private, of services, privileges, works, streets, roads, public utilities or other facilities for or in connection with a redevelopment project; and notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in AS 18.55.480 - 18.55.960 or any other provision of law, to agree to the conditions that it considers reasonable and appropriate that are attached to federal financial assistance and imposed pursuant to federal law relating to the determination of prevailing salaries or wages or compliance with labor standards, in the undertaking or carrying out of a redevelopment project, and to include a contract let in connection with a redevelopment project, provisions to fulfill any of these conditions it considers reasonable and appropriate;

(3) within its area of operation,

(A) to purchase, lease, obtain options upon, acquire by gift, grant, bequest, devise, eminent domain, or otherwise, any real or personal property or any interest in it, together with any improvements on it necessary or incidental to a redevelopment project;

(B) to hold, improve, clear, or prepare for redevelopment the property it obtains under (A) of this paragraph;

(C) to sell, lease, exchange, transfer, assign, subdivide, retain for its own use, mortgage, pledge, hypothecate, or otherwise encumber or dispose of any real or personal property or any interest in it;

(D) to enter into contracts with redevelopers of property containing covenants, restrictions, and conditions regarding the use of the property for residential, commercial, industrial, recreational purposes or for public purposes in accordance with the redevelopment plan and other covenants, restrictions, and conditions that the corporation considers necessary to prevent a recurrence of slum or blighted areas or to effectuate the purposes of AS 18.55.480 - 18.55.960;

(E) to make any covenant, restriction, or condition of the foregoing contracts a covenant running with the land, and to provide appropriate remedies for a breach of the covenant, restriction, or condition, including the right in the corporation to terminate the contract and the interest in the property created under the contract;

(F) to borrow money and issue bonds and provide security for loans or bonds;

(G) to insure or provide for the insurance of real or personal property or operations of the corporation against risk or hazard, including the power to pay premiums on this insurance;

(H) to enter into any contracts necessary to effectuate the purposes of AS 18.55.480 - 18.55.960; however, statutory provisions with respect to the acquisition, clearance, or disposition of property by another public body do not restrict the corporation or the other public body in these functions, unless the legislature has specifically so provided;

(4) to invest money held in reserves or sinking funds or any money not required for immediate disbursement, in property or securities in which savings banks may legally invest money subject to their control, and to redeem its bonds at the redemption price established in the bonds or to purchase its bonds at less than redemption price; and all bonds redeemed or purchased shall be cancelled;

(5) to borrow money and to apply for and accept advances, loans, grants, contributions, and any other form of financial assistance from the federal government, the state, municipality, or other public body or from any sources, public or private, for the purposes of AS 18.55.480 - 18.55.960, to give the security required and to enter into and carry out contracts in connection with the transaction; notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, the corporation may include in a contract for financial assistance with the federal government for a redevelopment project those conditions imposed pursuant to federal law that the corporation considers reasonable and appropriate and which are not inconsistent with the purposes of AS 18.55.480 - 18.55.960;

(6) to act through a member or another person designated by the corporation to conduct examinations and investigations and to hear testimony and take proof under oath at public or private hearings on any matter material for its information; to administer oaths, and to issue commissions for the examination of witnesses who are outside the state or unable to attend before the corporation, or excused from attendance; to make available to appropriate agencies or public officials, including those charged with the duty of abating or requiring the correction of nuisances or like conditions or of demolishing unsafe or unsanitary structures or eliminating slums or conditions of blight within its area of operation, its findings and recommendations with regard to any building or property where conditions exist that are dangerous to the public health, safety, morals, and welfare;

(7) within its area of operation, to make or have made all surveys, appraisals, studies, and plans necessary to carry out the purposes of AS 18.55.480 - 18.55.960 and to contract or cooperate with persons or agencies, public or private, in the making and carrying out of the surveys, appraisals, studies, and plans;

(8) to prepare plans and provide reasonable assistance for the relocation of families displaced from a redevelopment project area to the extent essential for acquiring possession of and clearing the area or parts of the area to permit the carrying out of the redevelopment project;

(9) to make expenditures that are necessary to carry out the purposes of AS 18.55.480 - 18.55.960, and to make expenditures from money obtained from the federal government and the state, without regard to any other laws pertaining to the making and approval of appropriations and expenditures;

(10) to exercise all or any part or combination of powers granted by this section;

(11) with the approval of the local governing body,

(A) before approval of an urban renewal or redevelopment plan, or approval of any modifications of the plan, to acquire real property in an urban renewal or redevelopment area, to demolish and remove any structures on the property, and pay all costs related to the acquisition, demolition, or removal, including any administrative or relocation expenses; and

(B) to assume the responsibility to bear any loss that may arise as the result of the exercise of its powers under this paragraph in the event that the real property is not made part of the urban renewal or redevelopment project;

(12) to prepare or have prepared and to recommend neighborhood development plans to the governing body of any municipality within its area of operation and to undertake and carry out neighborhood development projects within its area of operation.

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