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Former USDA Research Site Hits GSA Auction Block

August 24, 2016

Bidding now open for 631 acre site in Fresno

CHICAGO – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announces the public sale for the North Appalachian Experimental Watershed Research Facility in Fresno, Ohio, in an effort to find a new owner for the property while creating the greatest possible value for taxpayers.

“This auction is an example of GSA’s intent to remove properties that are no longer needed in the federal inventory,” said GSA Great Lakes Regional Administrator Ann P. Kalayil. “By making this former research facility available for sale to the public, GSA will reduce our federal footprint, create valuable savings for the government, and will help create an economic development opportunity in Coshocton County.”

The former USDA research facility in Coshocton County was built in the 1930s to study water conservation. The property consists of approximately 631 acres and 21 buildings totaling 70,000 square feet, and is a mix of forest, crop, and pasture lands.

About the Auction

  • As part of GSA’s role in removing excess federal facilities off of our books while creating the greatest possible value for taxpayers, GSA is offering the property to the public through an online auction, which started on August 15, 2016.
  • Interested bidders will need to complete an online registration form and submit a registration deposit of $25,000.
  • The starting bid is $500,000.
  • Additional information on the property and the auction can be found at

In Fiscal Year 2015, GSA partnered with agencies to dispose of 173 assets government-wide and generated $66 million in proceeds.


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