The proposed special legislation for the city of Pennock would authorize Pennock to acquire
a closed convenience store and convey the store to a private entity to be continued to be operated as
a convenience store. The authority of statutory cities like Pennock is largely restricted by statute,
primarily chapter 412, and even though statutory cities are authorized to acquire real estate for
various purposes under that chapter, are authorized to sell or lease property no longer needed for city
use, and even have authority in chapter 469 to convey city owned land to encourage business and
industry, it is unclear whether or not a statutory city may acquire real property for the sole purpose
of conveying it to a private entity. This special legislation would authorize Pennock to do so, and
is similar to authority granted to larger cities either under a home rule charter, an economic
development or port authority, or an HRA.
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