Vacant Government Buildings

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by Craig Cheatham

KMOV.com

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 19 at 8:23 PM

(KMOV.com) -- The Obama administration says the federal government is spending $190 million a year maintaining vacant government buildings. Here's a link to an interactive map on the White House website.

News 4 is looking at local buildings in St. Louis. According to the General Services Administration, the Heartland Region of GSA manages 61 federally-owned buildings in Missouri, insisting that, "only five of these are underutilized." Here's a look at GSA-owned buildings in Missouri that are at least 50 percent empty. The descriptions were provided by the GSA.

2312 E Bannister Rd, Kansas City, MO
148,615 usable square feet
100 percent vacant

A U.S. Marine Corps IT data center currently occupies space connected to the 2312 facility. The USMC is currently evaluating long-term options, which includes obtaining 2312. The building was vacated March 2012.

9700 Page Blvd., Overland, MO
Building 100
867,280 usable square feet
62 percent vacant (542,822 sq ft)

The National Archives and Records Administration previously occupied Building 100. NARA should complete their move out the facilities by the end of the year or early 2013. GSA is currently pursuing backfill options. It also intends to begin a retention and disposal analysis in 2013.

Building 101
36,348 usable square feet
100 percent vacant

GSA is currently evaluating options to include redevelopment (transfer or sale) or demolition. Decision expected in 2013. The building was vacated November 2010.

Charles F Prevedel Federal Building
277,154 usable square feet
64 percent vacant (178,298 sq ft)

GSA signed a 155,000 square foot agreement with Veterans Benefits Administration in November 2010. VBA is expected to move in 2016.

4300 Goodfellow, St. Louis, MO
Building 101
73,502 usable square feet
100 percent vacant

GSA is currently pursuing backfill options. It also intends to begin a retention and disposal analysis in 2013. The building was vacated November 2008.

The General Accountability Office, also known as the GAO, has repeatedly questioned the way the federal government manages these buildings. Although Congress passed legislation that was supposed to make things better, there are still huge problems with the amount of vacant space and its cost to taxpayers.

 

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