Glenn to transfer Brookpark Road buildings to GSA
By Kevin Kelley
Web posted 3:00 pm May 28, 2010
NASA has decided to transfer
its property north of Brookpark Road to the federal government’s
General Services Administration.
(Ray) Lugo, acting director of NASA Glenn, announced the decision
Friday afternoon. He said the GSA was in a better position than
the space agency to handle the 19-acre property in a way that meets
Fairview Park’s long-term needs.
Two Glenn buildings
located on the north side of Brookpark Road, known as 500 and 501,
lie within Fairview Park’s boundaries. City officials had feared
the loss of several hundred thousand dollars of income tax revenue
if the remaining Glenn contractor was forced to relocate. Glenn
had planned to demolish the buildings.
Lugo said the
contractor, Arctic Slope Regional Corp., will remain in Building
500 until its contract with Glenn expires in September 2011.
Officials from Fairview Park had supported a
proposal by Geis Cos. to redevelop Building 500 for Arctic Slope.
The proposal involved Arctic Slope temporarily moving to Building
501 while 500 was redeveloped.
While the long-term future of the property still
remains uncertain, Mayor Eileen Patton said she was encouraged Arctic
Slope employees are not leaving this year.
the GSA website, the agency has several options for federal property
prescribes a process by which such properties are handled.
must first be made available to any other federal agency that needs
If no federal
agency needs it, the property may be
transferred at no cost to state and local governments, regional
agencies, or nonprofit organizations if put to public use. Examples
of such public use include education, law enforcement and incarceration
If this does not occur, GSA
can negotiate a sale at appraised fair market value with a state
or local government if the property will be used for another public
purpose. If state and local governments or other eligible nonprofits
do not wish to acquire the property, GSA can dispose of surplus
property via a competitive sale to the public, generally through
a sealed bid or auction.
GSA also leases available space in its properties
at market rates for private businesses as well as state and
Despite the legal prescriptions GSA must follow,
Lugo said that agency has much more flexibility in determining the
property’s future than NASA does.
Lugo said the most likely outcome is for the property to remain under
ownership of the federal government with private parties funding
Given the legal restrictions on the property,
Patton said it was “highly unlikely” the city would be able to acquire
the land and sell it to a developer.
“It’s a prime location,” the mayor said. “It would
likely pique the interest of a lot of people.”
Patton said the pending transfer to GSA provides
a great opportunity to redevelop the property. She said she hopes
its proximity to Glenn spurs some action.
“They’ve been saying for years that NASA Glenn
is the economic engine for Northeast Ohio,” the mayor said. “This
is an opportunity for that to really happen.”