GSA To Announce Notices of Availability, Public Sale of Historic Lighthouses
April 6, 2007
Contact: MaryAnne Beatty (202) 501-1231
Washington –The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will soon issue Notices of Availability (NOAs) for 17 historic lighthouses located across the country.
“GSA takes its stewardship responsibilities very seriously,” said David L. Winstead, Commissioner of GSA’s Public Buildings Service. “We recognize the cultural, recreational and educational value associated with these historic lighthouses and are committed to working with our federal partners and other interested stakeholders to preserve these treasured assets.”
GSA, the federal government’s property management and procurement agency, will work with the Departments of Homeland Security’s U.S. Coast Guard and Interior’s National Park Service to facilitate the transfer of excess historic lighthouses. These lighthouses are transferred at no cost to qualified federal agencies, state and local governments or non-profit organizations under the authority of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000 (NHLPA).
This legislation amended the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 by establishing a National Lighthouse Preservation Program.
Additionally, GSA collaborates with State Historic Preservation Officers to ensure historic preservation measures are in place to protect the lighthouses. If no steward is identified through the NOA and application process, GSA will sell the lighthouses through a competitive public auction.
The complete list of projected Notices of Availability as well as information on the NHLPA process is at: http://www.cr.nps.gov/maritime/nhlpa/nhlpa.htm. Lighthouses scheduled for public sale will be listed in local newspapers and on GSA’s public Web site at http://propertydisposal.gsa.gov/property. Interested parties with questions on how the NOA or the public sale process operates may contact GSA’s Office of Property Disposal at (202) 501-2287.
Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government. GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,300 government-owned or leased buildings and 170,000 vehicles. GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 420 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and e-travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.
Did You Know? GSA transferred 35 historic light stations out of Coast Guard ownership through the NHLPA.