GSA and Veterans Affairs convey Highland Drive Property to the City of Pittsburgh
July 22, 2021
Historic property will become new training facility for emergency responders
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Health Care System (VAPHS) are pleased to announce the conveyance of the property at 7180 Highland Drive, Pittsburgh to the City of Pittsburgh for public benefit.
The Highland Drive property served area veterans for nearly 60 years and will continue serving the community as the future site of the City of Pittsburgh Law Enforcement and Emergency Management Training and Operations Center. The City applied for law enforcement and emergency management use of the property, which was approved by FEMA and the DOJ.
“We are very proud of the Highland Drive VA’s six decades of honorable service to Pittsburgh area Veterans and are honored to continue providing the care offered there at our University Drive and H.J. Heinz III campuses,” said Donald E. Koenig, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Director. “We are very pleased to hand this property over to our valued partners and friends of the City of Pittsburgh to be used in a way that will help them serve and protect our community.”
“We are pleased to see this great property find a new opportunity to serve the citizens of Pittsburgh,” stated Joanna Rosato, Acting Regional Administrator for GSA’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “Thank you to our partners at the VA, the City of Pittsburgh, FEMA, the Department of Justice and others who helped make this happen.”
The City’s plans are still being finalized. More information is available from the City of Pittsburgh.
About GSA: GSA provides centralized procurement for the federal government, managing a real estate portfolio of more than 370 million rentable square feet nationwide and overseeing approximately $68 billion in annual contracts. GSA’s mission is to deliver value and savings in real estate, acquisition, technology, and other mission-support services across government, in support of the Biden-Harris administration’s four priorities of climate change; COVID response; economic recovery; and diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.
About VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is one of the largest and most progressive VA health care systems in the nation. More than 4,000 employees serve nearly 80,000 veterans every year, providing a range of services from complex transplant medicine to routine primary care. VAPHS is a leader in virtual care delivery through telehealth technology; a center of research and learning with 118 research investigators and $13.2 million in funding; and a provider of state-of-the-art healthcare training to some 1,500 student trainees annually. VAPHS provides care at medical centers in Oakland and O’Hara Township in Pennsylvania and five outpatient clinics in Belmont County, Ohio, and Beaver, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties in Pennsylvania. Veterans can call 412-360-6162 to check eligibility or enrollment. Stay up to date at pittsburgh.va.gov and facebook.com/vaphs.