Feds mistakenly list building for sale

Published on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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The federal government has announced plans to sell off unused property across the country, but the single federal building listed as unused in Blaine no longer exists.

The 33,000-square foot property in Blaine stood as the Custom and Border Protection inspection and administration facility until it was torn down last year. The 34-year-old building was replaced by the new facility, which opened in July. Part of the footprint of the old building now contains inspection lanes.

On May 4, the White House sent legislation to Congress that would allow the federal government to sell an estimated $15 billion in excess property. The White House released data on thousands of federal real estate holdings across the country, which includes various houses and dormitories in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest near Glacier, and organized them into an interactive map.

The General Services Administration (GSA) manages the vast majority of the excess property. Ross Buffington, the public affairs manager for the GSA in Auburn, Washington, said his office will inform the GSA office in Washington D.C. that the demolished border inspection building has been mistakenly listed.