Denham Statement on Latest GSA Proposal to Redevelop Los Angeles Courthouse Complex

Dec 10, 2012 Issues: Government Waste

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock), Chairman of the Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee, today addressed the redevelopment plan released by the General Services Administration (GSA) for the Los Angeles Courthouse Complex.  The GSA has released a notice of intent for a proposed swap of the historic Spring Street Courthouse facility in exchange for the construction of a new federal building on federal property at 107 S. Broadway in Los Angeles. 

“With millions of square feet of expensive leased space in the LA area, we need to continue to shrink and consolidate the federal footprint,” continued Denham. “Spring Street is one more step in ridding the federal government of unneeded property. Our Committee will continue to follow this project to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent properly and looks forward to working with the Administration to further reduce our nation’s debt by enacting the Civilian Property Realignment Act into law.”

Denham and the Transportation Committee have held hearings since the beginning of 2011 in valuable but empty and underutilized federal buildings – including the Edward R. Roybal Courthouse in Los Angeles – across the country and in Washington, DC.  Today’s GSA proposal is the latest example of the Committee actions pressuring the agency into long-delayed positive movement on these assets.

Denham introduced H.R. 1734, the Civilian Property Realignment Act, passed by the House earlier this year, which would significantly improve federal real property management, and create savings by shrinking the federal footprint and selling or redeveloping underutilized buildings through a BRAC-like process.

Additional Committee hearings focusing on GSA’s mismanagement of the federal government’s real estate include:

  • August 17, 2012: Hearing in Los Angeles on a proposed but unnecessary new courthouse, the construction of which would create another empty federal building
  • August 6, 2012: Hearing at the empty David W. Dyer Courthouse in Miami
  • June 19, 2012: Hearing at the empty Georgetown Heating Plant
  • March 22, 2012: Hearing at the empty Cotton Annex
  • February 9, 2012: 2nd Hearing at the empty Old Post Office Annex
  • February 10, 2011: 1st Hearing at the empty Old Post Office Annex