House OKs area study of federal facilities Space needs in region last assessed by GSA in 1988

August 02, 1996|By John M. Biers | John M. Biers,STATES NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON -- A House panel approved yesterday a General Services Administration study of federal facilities and space needs in the Baltimore region.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin's request that the GSA perform its first appraisal of federal facilities in the region in eight years.

The GSA will assess the size of the agencies in the region, whether they are growing and the cost of consolidating several bTC in one building or keeping them in their current quarters, said GSA Regional Administrator Paul Chistolini.

Chistolini, who oversees federal facilities in the Baltimore area for the GSA, estimated the study will be completed in six months and will cost less than $50,000.

In his request to the committee, Cardin, a Baltimore Democrat, noted that after the previous study -- known as an 11-B after a 1959 statute -- changes were made in the federal landscape in the region. He pointed to the City Crescent Building in downtown Baltimore, which includes the Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies, and the new Health Care Financing Administration headquarters in Woodlawn.

In addition, the previous study called for consolidation of the region's Internal Revenue Service offices into the Fallon Federal Building and renovations at the Garmatz Courthouse.

A Cardin staffer mentioned the courthouse as one structure that would likely require additional renovations. The staffer said the study probably would point to other areas of need, as the 1988 study did.

Pub Date: 8/02/96

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