Auction Details Set for Sale of Pacific Point in Auburn, WA
August 6, 2021
GSA selling 129-acre parcel as Federal property needs change.
The Northwest/Arctic Region's home in Auburn is about to come to it's 50-plus year end as detailed plans for the sale of this 129-acre government complex have been publicly announced.
Now being marketed as Pacific Point, the site is home to GSA's Region 10 headquarters and several other buildings.
The site will be sold via an online auction that will start at 9 a.m. PDT Monday, Aug. 30 at RealEstateSales.gov. Each bidder is required to submit a bid registration of $500,000 and the minimum opening bid is $80,000,000 (USD).
The property will be open for tours by appointment only for registered bidders who have paid the refundable registration deposit.
After assessing the economic vitality and aging buildings, GSA determined that disposing of the entire site is the best solution for the federal government. It has been home to GSA's Northwest/Arctic Region regional headquarters for more than 50 years.
The new headquarters will be located at the Columbia Bank Center in Tacoma in early 2022.
"We are excited to offer this property for new development after it has served the federal government and its citizens so well for so many years," said Acting Regional Administrator, Chaun Benjamin. "This is a significant milestone to be able to offer this property back to the community to meet its needs."
The disposal of the site includes GSA's Northwest/Arctic Regional headquarters, the Social Security Administration building, childcare center, all warehouses, and ancillary buildings.
Originally purchased in 1944 by the United States Army as 435 acres of farmland, it was improved with over 20 dry storage warehouses for use during World War II.
In 1962, GSA took ownership of a 177-acre portion with multiple WWII vintage warehouses, three 1950s era warehouses, an administration office, and a water tower. The remaining U.S. Army property was sold to private developers.
During the 1990s, GSA donated land to the City of Auburn for a park and the Auburn City School Bus Depot. An additional 8.4 acres was donated to the City of Auburn for its municipal fire training center.
The disposal of the Auburn Complex is part of a larger strategy to evaluate underutilized assets and shrink the federal footprint.