(A) The Ohio building authority may:
(1) Acquire, by gift, grant, or purchase, and hold and mortgage, real estate and interests therein and personal property suitable for its purposes, provided that no land used by the authority pursuant to section 152.05 of the Revised Code shall be mortgaged by the authority;
(2) Purchase, construct, reconstruct, equip, furnish, improve, alter, enlarge, maintain, repair, and operate buildings, facilities, and other properties for the purposes set forth in section 152.04 of the Revised Code. The authority shall construct, operate, and maintain its buildings, facilities, and other properties in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.
(3) Issue revenue bonds to secure funds to accomplish its purposes, the principal of and interest on and all other payments required to be made by the trust agreement or indenture securing such bonds to be paid solely from revenues accruing to the authority through the operation of its buildings, facilities, and other properties;
(4) Enter into contracts and execute all instruments necessary in the conduct of its business;
(5) Fix, alter, and charge rentals and other charges for the use and occupancy of its buildings, facilities, and other properties and enter into leases with the persons specified in section 152.04 of the Revised Code;
(6) Employ financial consultants, appraisers, consulting engineers, architects, superintendents, managers, construction and accounting experts, attorneys-at-law, and other employees and agents as are necessary, in its judgment, and fix their compensation;
(7) Provide for the persons occupying its buildings, facilities, and other properties, health clinics, medical services, food services, and such other services as such persons cannot provide for themselves; and, if the authority determines that it is more advantageous, it may enter into contracts with persons, firms, or corporations or with any governmental agency, board, commission, or department to provide any of such clinics or services;
(8) Pledge, hypothecate, or otherwise encumber such of its rentals or other charges as may be agreed as security for its obligations, and enter into trust agreements or indentures for the benefit of its bondholders;
(9) Borrow money or accept advances, loans, gifts, grants, devises, or bequests from, and enter into contracts or agreements with, any federal agency or other governmental or private source, and hold and apply advances, loans, gifts, grants, devises, or bequests according to the terms thereof. Such advances, loans, gifts, grants, or devises of real estate may be in fee simple or of any lesser estate and may be subject to any reasonable reservations. Any advances or loans received from any federal or other governmental or private source may be repaid in accordance with the terms of such advance or loan.
(10) Conduct investigations into housing and living conditions in order to be able to purchase, construct, or reconstruct suitable buildings and facilities to fulfill its purpose, and determine the best locations within the state for its buildings, facilities, and other properties;
(11) Enter into lawful arrangements with the appropriate federal or state department or agency, county, township, municipal government, or other political subdivision, or public agency for the planning and installation of streets, roads, alleys, public parks and recreation areas, public utility facilities, and other necessary appurtenances to its projects;
(12) Purchase fire, extended coverage, and liability insurance for its property, and insurance covering the authority and its officers and employees for liability for damage or injury to persons or property;
(13) Sell, lease, release, or otherwise dispose of property owned by the authority and not needed for the purposes of the authority and grant such easements across the property of the authority as will not interfere with its use of its property;
(14) Establish rules and regulations for the use and operation of its buildings, facilities, and other properties;
(15) Do all other acts necessary to the fulfillment of its purposes.
(B) Any instrument by which real property is acquired pursuant to this section shall identify the agency of the state that has the use and benefit of the real property as specified in section 5301.012 of the Revised Code.
(C) Any person may possess a firearm in a motor vehicle in the parking garage at the Riffe center for government and the arts in Columbus, if the person's possession of the firearm in the motor vehicle is not in violation of section 2923.16 of the Revised Code or any other provision of the Revised Code. Any person may store or leave a firearm in a locked motor vehicle that is parked in the parking garage at the Riffe center for government and the arts in Columbus, if the person's transportation and possession of the firearm in the motor vehicle while traveling to the garage was not in violation of section 2923.16 of the Revised Code or any other provision of the Revised Code.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.190, HB 495, §1, eff. 3/27/2013.
Effective Date: 10-26-1999 .