Conveyance of Certain Federal Property to Municipality of Anchorage, Alaskaby Representative Don Young
Posted on 2015-06-01
YOUNG of Alaska. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and
pass the bill (H.R. 336) 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.
The Clerk read the title of the bill.
The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 336 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 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 Avenue in the City that is administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.
(2) Survey required.--As soon as practicable after the date of 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 (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).
[[Page H3618]] (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) Preconveyance 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 preconstruction 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) 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 Washington (Mr. Larsen) 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 to include extraneous material on H.R. 336.
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.
Mr. Speaker, H.R. 336 would 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 wants to sell it as part of its efforts to shrink its space footprint and reduce costs to the taxpayer.
The bill will require fair market value for the property based on an independent appraisal.
I urge my colleagues to support the passage of this legislation, and I yield back the balance of my time.