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Bidding now open on former USDA property in Winter Haven

January 5, 2022

ATLANTA — The U.S. General Services Administration announces a public online auction sale of a former U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) property in Winter Haven, Florida. Bidding starts at $350,000.

The late 1950’s laboratory was used for food science research and consists of over 25k square feet of laboratory, office, storage and related use space on an approximately 2 acre site. The main building includes a basement and houses laboratory and office functions consisting of approximately 18,987 square feet. A 6,448 square foot equipment room houses constant temperature rooms, mechanical equipment, electrical equipment, chemical storage, and other support facilities. There is a 4-bay detached garage, storage shed, and storage building as well. The laboratory ceased operations in Aug. 2011.

Northwest corner of the building

“This property is a great example of GSA’s efforts to shed excess inventory and make these properties available for investment,” stated Kevin Kerns, Regional Commissioner for GSA’s Southeast Sunbelt. “Winter Haven has plenty of potential and we’re excited to work with prospective bidders on selling this property.”

Winter Haven is located in Polk County in central Florida situated between Tampa and Orlando, and is called the “Chain of Lakes City”.

The property is located in northwest Winter Haven near the southeast intersection of MLK Boulevard and U.S. 17 / 8th Street, NW and is across from Inman Park. The surrounding area is a mix of retail, residential, and commercial uses and is close to the Winter Haven central business district.

An inspection of the property will be held Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ET. If you plan to attend this inspection, you must pre-register. Contact Joe Crenshaw at to complete pre-registration.

This online auction is part of GSA’s ongoing efforts to dispose of excess properties, saving taxpayer dollars and making more efficient use of the government’s real estate assets. For more information on GSA’s online auctions of federally owned property, visit

About GSA: GSA provides centralized procurement for the federal government, managing a nationwide real estate portfolio of nearly 370 million rentable square feet and overseeing approximately $75 billion in annual contracts. GSA’s mission is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services across government, in support of the Biden-Harris administration’s priorities.

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Last Reviewed: 2022-01-12