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  • Conveyance of Certain Federal Property to Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska

    by Representative Don Young

    Posted on 2014-06-17

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    YOUNG of Alaska. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 3786) to direct the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, to convey certain Federal property located in the State of Alaska to the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska, as amended.



    The Clerk read the title of the bill.

    The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 3786 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. REAL PROPERTY CONVEYANCE.

    (a) In General.--As soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act and after completion of the survey and appraisal described in this section, the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, shall convey to the City by quitclaim deed for the consideration described in subsection (c), all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to a parcel of real property described in subsection (b).

    (b) Legal Description of Property.-- (1) In general.--The parcel to be conveyed under subsection (a) consists of approximately 9 acres and improvements located at 400 East Fortieth Street in the City that is administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

    (2) Survey required.--As soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act, the exact acreage and legal description of the real property to be conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined by a survey, paid for by the City, that is satisfactory to the Archivist.

    (c) Terms and Conditions.-- (1) Consideration.-- (A) In general.--As consideration for the conveyance of the property under subsection [[Page H5380]] (a), the City shall pay to the Archivist an amount not less than the fair market value of the conveyed property, to be determined as provided in subparagraph (B).

    (B) Appraisal.--The fair market value of the property to be conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined based on an appraisal that-- (i) is conducted by a licensed, independent appraiser that is approved by the Archivist and the City; (ii) is based on the highest and best use of the property; (iii) is approved by the Archivist; and (iv) is paid for by the City.

    (2) Pre-conveyance entry.--The Archivist, on terms and conditions the Archivist determines to be appropriate, may authorize the City to enter the property at no charge for pre-construction and construction activities.

    (3) Additional terms and conditions.--The Archivist may require additional terms and conditions in connection with the conveyance under subsection (a) as the Archivist considers appropriate to protect the interests of the United States.

    (d) Proceeds.--Subject to appropriations Acts, the net proceeds from the conveyance of property under subsection (a) shall be available to the Archivist for activities funded in annual appropriations Acts under the heading ``National Archives and Records Administration--Repairs and Restorations''.

    (e) City Defined.--In this section, the term ``City'' means the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from Alaska (Mr. Young) and the gentleman from Indiana (Mr. Carson) each will control 20 minutes.

    The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Alaska.

    General Leave Mr. YOUNG of Alaska. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on H.R. 3786, as amended.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Alaska? There was no objection.

    Mr. YOUNG of Alaska. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

    H.R. 3786, as amended, will direct the General Services Administration, on behalf of the National Archives, to convey property in Alaska to the city of Anchorage.

    I am pleased to be the sponsor of this legislation, which will bring savings to the taxpayer.

    The National Archives has determined that it no longer needs the property to be conveyed in the bill, and it wants to sell it as part of its efforts to shrink its space footprint. The bill will require fair market value for the property and will allow the National Archives to retain the proceeds to offset the costs of repairing other facilities. I urge my colleagues to support the passage of this legislation.

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