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Featured News

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Praises GSA for Boat Procurements

GSA Personal Property Management recently received extensive praise from the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge of the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), for saving them money and resources.  The refuge is comprised of over 36,000 acres within parts of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The customer wrote a powerful testimony, stating, “As a land manager of National Wildlife Refuge, I have been involved in the reuse of excess Federal property and supplies for about 25 years. So much has been accomplished for wildlife and people as a result of the allocations by GSA to my similarly situated peers elsewhere in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Honestly, there are so many successes that are directly attributed to the GSA allocations that actually allow us to ‘do more with less’ financial and human resources.”

FWS had originally put together a request for a potential $188,000 FY15 equipment purchase, because they were in need of a boat to support their activities. Soon after, GSA was able to allocate them two boats, for free, to satisfy all of their needs.  Both boats will be used by FWS employees in support of National Wildlife Refuge System objectives, including continued Hurricane Sandy disaster relief and recovery work.

FWS was also the beneficiary of some excess pressure treated lumber via GSAxcess, which enabled them to construct a 1.2 mile long universally accessible birding and nature trail. The trail was officially opened on October 25, 2014, via elevated walkways through very irregular topography.  It is very popular, and received the 2014 Paul Winske Access Award from the Stavros Center for Independent Living for “going the extra mile in offering access to persons with disabilities.”  

The customer says this project would not have been possible without the lumber transfer by GSA.

 

News Around the Region

GSA to Sell Appraisers’ Stores

Official Press Release

February 4, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced its plan to sell the Appraisers’ Stores building in Baltimore, Maryland.  The sale will open for bids starting March 2015 and GSA will hold Open Houses and site viewings at the facility on:

• Wednesday, March 25     2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
• Thursday, March 26         9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, April 22       2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
• Thursday, April 23          9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, May 20     2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
• Thursday, May 21         9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


“GSA is actively working with federal agencies to identify and timely dispose of unneeded properties,” said Sara Manzano-Diaz, Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator. “Moving properties into the disposal process makes more efficient use of the government’s real estate assets.  The sale of this property has the potential to help spur new development.”
In 2014, GSA sold or transferred 342 facilities across the country, generating more than $42.7 million in sales.  This is a 60% increase in the volume of disposals from 2013.

The Appraisers’ Stores is located at 103 South Gay Street in the Baltimore’s Central Business District (CBD) and just blocks away from the Inner Harbor, at the intersection of Lombard and South Gay Streets.  The Appraisers’ Stores is an Art Deco architectural style building constructed in 1934.  It is an eight-story, 169,801 gross square foot structure situated on approximately 0.387 acre.  The total rentable area is 147,272 square feet.  The building was constructed for the U.S. Customs Services and the primary intended use was to provide space for storing, appraising, and inspecting imported merchandise brought through the Port of Baltimore.  The building does not provide onsite parking, but street parking is available and two large privately-owned parking garages are located adjacent to the site.  The building was initially constructed as examination/laboratory space for the United States Customs Service in conjunction with the nearby Customs House. The Customs Service vacated the Appraisers’ Stores in 1983 and made it available for use by other federal agencies as office space.

Those planning to attend the open house should arrive early.  Additional information is available through a search for Maryland properties at propertydisposal.gsa.gov or by emailing vitaliya.dashevskaya@gsa.gov.