GSA Administrator & Rep. Meeks Highlight Investment for New York in President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
Will support investment in New York infrastructure
NEW YORK - Today, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Denise Turner Roth and Congressman Gregory W. Meeks outlined how the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request for GSA invests in federal infrastructure, including an $8.5 million request for a repair and alteration project for the modernization of the Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Office Building. The proposed project builds on the agency’s commitment to be an economic catalyst and stimulate job growth in communities across the nation.
The Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Office Building, constructed in 1989, is a 12-story office building in Queens, NY, currently occupied by the Social Security Administration (SSA) . The project will reconfigure space to allow for the consolidation of SSA operations on the lower floors within the building. The consolidation of SSA operations will allow for the eventual build-out of office space for future federal tenants This project also includes the design of some shell office space for future backfill tenants. The modifications to the Addabbo Federal Office Building will promote economies of scale and will provide opportunities for maximizing space efficiency, operational flexibility, and sharing special support spaces and building amenities.
“Federal buildings can either promote or hinder community development. Sites like Addabbo can be anchors for development, bringing hundreds of federal workers every day to buy lunch, spur retail, and support public transit; or, if poorly maintained, can be islands walled off from the community. By partnering with local stakeholders like Rep. Meeks, we can ensure we maximize federal investments to create an exceptional national resource,” said Administrator Roth.
“If fulfilled, the $8.5 million request would renovate the Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, thereby benefiting the surrounding community and Jamaica-Queens. In addition to improving the building, this federal investment would create jobs, stimulate our economy, and provide new opportunities for local businesses. Administrator Roth, local elected officials, and I know how significant this could be for our community and I thank them for joining me. I will work with Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand to include this smart federal investment in a final budget passed by Congress and ultimately signed by President Obama,” Congressman Gregory W. Meeks said.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is an independent agency of the U.S. government whose mission is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people. The agency’s Public Buildings Service is one of the largest and most diversified public real estate organizations in the world. Its portfolio consists of 376.9 million rentable square feet in 8,721 active assets across the United States, in all 50 states, 6 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
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