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GSA Public Auction Saves Taxpayer Dollars

Former Stanley Mickelsen Safeguard Complex Up For Sale

Oct. 25, 2012

GRAND FORKS, ND — The U.S. General Services Administration, in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers, announced Wednesday that the public sale by auction of the former Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex is now open. This property consists of five facilities that span 600 acres located in Cavalier, Ramsey, and Walsh Counties, North Dakota. Brokers, as well as other interested parties, are encouraged to view the properties in person during weekly GSA site tours and/or place a bid online.

“GSA’s mission is to make the government more efficient and to save money,” said Sylvia Hernandez, Acting Regional Administrator for GSA’s Greater Southwest region. “Part of that mission is to effectively manage our real estate assets and dispose of underutilized properties so we can save taxpayer dollars.” In the past year, GSA has sold or transferred more than 100 excess properties.

The auction consists of five sites including a Missile Site Radar site and four Remote Site Launch sites. The MSR site offers approximately 431 acres including about 201 acres of vacant land that includes a chapel, a community center, an office building and more totaling more than
258,000 square feet. The Missile Site Radar Building, also known as “The Pyramid,” is the focal point of the MSR site.

The four RSL sites are located in Ramsey, Cavalier, and Walsh Counties. Each site offers 35-40 acres that include an access sentry station, remote launch operations building and sprint missile launch stations. All missiles have been removed from the site and the missile silos were
closed.

This sale represents a unique opportunity to acquire a “piece of history.” SRMSC is the United States first anti-ballistic missile complex developed to preserve the country’s capability against Soviet nuclear missile attacks. Certain tactical facilities were built of hardened concrete to accomplish specific war fighting functions that are unique in design and architectural features. No other examples of these tactical facilities were constructed in the free world, making the SRMSC a distinctive and significantly architectural style. The site became operational in 1975 and was deactivated in 1976.

For more information about tours and this auction, contact William Rollings at (817) 978-4324 or William.rollings@gsa.gov. Bids may be submitted at GSA's auction website.

The Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex in North Dakota was the first U.S. anti-ballistic missile site.  

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