253.395. 1. As used in this section, the following terms mean:
(1) "Historic properties" or "property", any building, structure, district, area, or site within a municipality's boundaries that is significant in the history, architecture, archaeology, or culture of this state, its communities, or this country, which is eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places;
(2) "Municipality", any town, city, or village that has by ordinance established a historic preservation revolving fund as authorized by this section.
2. Any town, city, or village in the state of Missouri may by ordinance establish a fund for the purpose of protecting and preserving historic properties, such fund to be known as the "Historic Preservation Revolving Fund". All expenses incurred in the acquisition of and all revenues received from the disposition of property as provided in subsections 3 and 4 of this section shall be paid for out of and deposited in the historic preservation revolving fund. Any moneys appropriated and any other moneys made available by gift, grant, bequest, contribution, or otherwise to carry out the purpose of this section, and all interest earned on, and income generated from, moneys in the fund shall be paid to, and deposited in, the historic preservation revolving fund.
3. From the moneys in the historic preservation revolving fund, such municipality may acquire, preserve, restore, hold, maintain, or operate any historic properties, together with such adjacent or associated lands within the municipality's boundaries as may be necessary for their protection, preservation, maintenance, or operation. Any interest in property acquired using the moneys in the historic preservation revolving fund shall be limited to that estate, agency, interest, or term deemed by such municipality to be reasonably necessary for the continued protection or preservation of the property. The moneys in this fund may be used to acquire the fee simple title, but where such municipality finds that a lesser interest, including any development right, negative or affirmative easement in gross or appurtenant covenant, lease or other contractual right of or to any real property to be the most practical and economical method of protecting and preserving historical property, the lesser interest may be acquired. Property may be acquired by gift, grant, bequest, devise, lease, purchase, or otherwise, but not by condemnation.
4. Such municipality may acquire or, in the case of property on which moneys from this fund have been expended, dispose of the fee or lesser interest to any historic property, including adjacent and associated lands, for the specific purpose of conveying or leasing the property back to its original owner or to any such other person, firm, association, corporation, or other organization under such covenants, deed restrictions, lease, or other contractual arrangements as will limit the future use of the property in such a way as to insure its preservation. In all cases where property on which money from this fund has been expended is conveyed or leased, it shall be subjected by covenant or otherwise to such rights of access, public visitation, and other conditions as may be agreed upon between the municipality and the grantee or lessee to operate, maintain, restore, or repair such property. Any conveyance or lease shall contain a reversion clause providing that, in the event the historic property is not operated, maintained, restored, and repaired in accordance with the provisions of this section or in such a way as to insure its preservation, title, and control of such property shall immediately revert to and vest in the municipality.
(L. 2002 S.B. 992)
Missouri General Assembly