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Eleanor Holmes Norton: GSA, D.C. Consider Land Swap for DHS St. Elizabeths HQ

Eleanor Holmes Norton
Eleanor Holmes Norton

The government of the District of Columbia and the U.S. General Services Administration have entered into negotiations regarding the Department of Homeland Security‘s move to the St. Elizabeths campus.

GSA proposed to exchange an underutilized federal property for D.C.’s construction services to rehabilitate the streetscape of DHS’ future office complex on Martin Luther Avenue, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s office said Tuesday.

“In the process of moving a DHS priority, GSA has found a way to dispose of the long-underutilized 49 L Street SE by exchanging it for construction services from the District,” Norton said.

The D.C. government would take ownership of the GSA property and plans to construct sidewalks and crosswalks, expand roadways and re-stripe pathways near St. Elizabeths.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has called on Congress to approve the White House’s request for a $323 million fiscal 2015 fund to support the DHS HQ consolidation.

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