General Services Administration
With thousands of federal properties located throughout the country, the General Services Administration (GSA) is partnering with communities to target underused federal properties. GSA works to expedite federal property reuse, promoting tools such as Early Transfer Authority and fixed price remediation contracts.
GSA reviews and identifies underused federally-owned brownfields that are potentially available for redevelopment. Brownfields transactions are primarily real estate deals, and in the case of available federal properties, GSA can serve as the “honest broker” in these transactions, bringing the right resources and people to the table to get the deal done. To carry out this role, GSA is:
- Developing a toolkit to help foster the partnerships
- Educating potential federal property developers on the federal real property disposal process
- Coordinating a campaign to educate states and communities engaged in brownfields revitalization about innovative disposal methods, such as Early Transfer Authority and the privatization of remediation.
- Works with local communities to determine how underused or surplus federal properties can support — targeted to local communities.
GSA’s Brownfields Redevelopment Initiative identifies and redeploys underutilized federal properties. Within each of its brownfields project locations, GSA works with state and local planners, economic development officials and community groups to effectively match underused federal property holdings with local revitalization objectives. GSA, guided by local objectives, focuses and prioritizes the disposal of underutilized real property.
Eligibility Requirements: To address potential federal brownfields, GSA has targeted 39 diverse project locations. Project locations were chosen based upon existing partnerships among federal, state and local organizations already working to better the economic and social well-being of these communities. For a list of all project locations, please check the Brownfields Redevelopment Initiative Web site.
Availability: Assistance is provided to local officials, community stakeholders, and state and federal agencies.
Uses/Applications: Grants and technical resources can be used for brownfields related activities including:
- Ensure that underutilized federal properties are a productive component in local revitalization and livability efforts
GSA formed a National Brownfields Team comprised of key individuals from its regional Property Disposal office to coordinate with state and federal representatives to ensure that the identification of underutilized federal properties incorporates the latest state and federal revitalization initiatives. GSA integrated this information using a geographic information system (GIS).
Los Angeles, California
The City of Los Angeles, California, is targeting brownfields located along the Alameda Corridor, a 20-mile route between the Los Angeles/Long Beach ports and rail distribution yards, for assessment, cleanup and redevelopment. The combined ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach comprise the largest U.S. port complex and link the American and Pacific Rim markets. A study conducted by the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in South Central Los Angeles found 344 potentially contaminated sites within a three-mile radius. Because these sites are located on industrially zoned property near major transportation routes, their economic potential is exceptional. The city successfully partnered with the General Services Administration (GSA) to develop a GIS to identify potential surplus federal property within in the Corridor for revitalization.
Lee Anne Galanes
General Services Administration
Office of Real Property Asset Management
Property Disposal Division (PVB)
18th and F Streets NW, Room 4233
Washington, DC 20405
Main Website: http://www.gsa.gov
Office of Property Disposal:http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/105035