H.R. 6548

General Services Administration Portfolio Enhancement Act of 2008 (Introduced in House)

110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6548

To authorize the Administrator of General Services to convey a parcel of real property in the District of Columbia.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 17, 2008

Mrs. MALONEY of New York (for herself, Ms. DELAURO, Ms. PRYCE of Ohio, Ms. KAPTUR, and Ms. NORTON) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To authorize the Administrator of General Services to convey a parcel of real property in the District of Columbia.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘General Services Administration Portfolio Enhancement Act of 2008′.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

In this Act, the following definitions apply:

(1) ADMINISTRATOR- The term ‘Administrator’ means the Administrator of General Services.

(2) CERCLA- The term ‘CERCLA’ means the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.).

(3) COMMITTEES- The term `Committees’ means the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate.

(4) MUSEUM- The term ‘Museum’ means the National Women’s History Museum, Inc., a District of Columbia nonprofit corporation exempt from taxation pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

(5) NORTHERN PORTION OF THE PROPERTY- The term `northern portion of the property’ means that portion of the property which the Administrator and the Museum deem appropriate for the museum facility.

(6) PROPERTY- The term ‘property’ means the property located in the District of Columbia, subject to survey and as determined by the Administrator, generally consisting of Squares 325 and 326, and the westerly portions of Squares 351 and 352, including the parcel and structure commonly known as the `Cotton Annex’. The property is generally bounded by 12th Street, Independence Avenue, Maryland Avenue, the James Forrestal Building, and L’Enfant Plaza, all in Southwest Washington, District of Columbia, and shall include all associated air rights, improvements thereon, and appurtenances thereto.

(7) SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE PROPERTY- The term ‘southern portion of the property’ means that portion of the property other than the northern portion of the property.

SEC. 3. CONVEYANCE OF PROPERTY.

(a) Authority To Convey-

(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to the requirements of this Act, the Administrator shall convey the northern portion of the property to the Museum, and shall have the authority to convey the southern portion of the property to the Museum, in each case on such terms and conditions as the Administrator considers reasonable and appropriate to protect the interests of the United States and further the purposes of this Act.

(2) AGREEMENT- As soon as practicable, but not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall enter into an agreement with the Museum for the conveyance.

(3) TERMS AND CONDITIONS- The terms and conditions of the agreement shall address, among other things, mitigation of developmental impacts to existing Federal buildings and structures, security concerns, and operational protocols for development and use of the property.

(4) SEPARATE CONVEYANCE OF NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN PORTIONS- Under the agreement, the Administrator may convey the northern portion of the property separately from and, if so agreed by the Administrator and the Museum, at a different time than the southern portion of the property (if such southern portion is conveyed).

(b) Purchase Price-

(1) IN GENERAL- The purchase price for the property shall be its fair market value based on its highest and best use as determined by an independent appraisal commissioned by the Administrator and paid for by the Museum.

(2) SELECTION OF APPRAISER- The appraisal shall be performed by an appraiser mutually acceptable to the Administrator and the Museum.

(3) TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR APPRAISAL-

(A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided by subparagraph (B), the assumptions, scope of work, and other terms and conditions related to the appraisal assignment shall be mutually acceptable to the Administrator and the Museum.

(B) REQUIRED TERMS- The following terms and conditions shall apply to the appraisal:

(i) The appraisal shall assume that the property does not contain hazardous substances (as defined in section 101 of CERCLA (42 U.S.C. 9601)) which require response action (as defined in such section).

(ii) The appraisal shall state a value for the property as a whole as well as separate values for the northern portion and southern portion of the property, taking into consideration the impact to value (if any) resulting from a conveyance of less than the entirety of the property.

(c) Application of Proceeds- The purchase price shall be paid into the Federal Buildings Fund established under section 592 of title 40, United States Code. Upon deposit, the Administrator may expend, in amounts specified in appropriations Acts, the proceeds from the conveyance for any lawful purpose consistent with existing authorities granted to the Administrator; except that the Administrator shall provide the Committees with 30 days advance written notice of any expenditure of the proceeds.

(d) Quit Claim Deed- The property shall be conveyed (in the case of the southern portion of the property, if at all) pursuant to one or more quit claim deeds (one for the northern portion of the property and one for the southern portion of the property).

(e) Use Restrictions-

(1) NORTHERN PORTION- The northern portion of the property shall be dedicated for use as a site for a national women’s history museum for the 99-year period beginning on date of conveyance of that portion to the Museum.

(2) SOUTHERN PORTION- The southern portion of the property may be used for any purposes permitted by applicable laws and regulations.

(f) Reversion-

(1) BASES FOR REVERSION- The northern portion of the property shall revert to the United States, at the option of the United States, without any obligation for repayment by the United States of any amount of the purchase price for the property, if–

(A) that portion is not used as a site for a national women’s history museum at any time during the 99-year period referred to in subsection (e); or

(B) the Museum has not commenced construction of a museum facility on that portion in the 5-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, other than for reasons beyond the control of the Museum as reasonably determined by the Administrator.

(2) ENFORCEMENT- The Administrator may perform any acts necessary to enforce the reversionary rights provided in this section.

(3) CUSTODY OF PROPERTY UPON REVERSION- If any portion of the property reverts to the United States pursuant to this section, such property shall be under the custody and control of the Administrator.

(g) Closing-

(1) DEADLINE- Any conveyance pursuant to this Act shall occur not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act. The Administrator may extend that period for such time as is reasonably necessary for the Museum to perform its obligations under section 4(a).

(2) APPLICABILITY OF REQUIREMENTS- The requirements of this Act shall remain in full force and effect with respect to any portion of the property conveyed before the deadline established by paragraph (1) or any extension.

SEC. 4. ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS.

(a) Authorization To Contract for Environmental Response Actions- The Administrator is authorized to contract, in an amount not to exceed the purchase price for the property, in the absence of appropriations and otherwise without regard to section 1341 of title 31, United States Code, with the Museum or an affiliate thereof for the performance (on behalf of the Administrator) of response actions (if any) required on the property pursuant to CERCLA. Any officer or employee of the United States may contract for payment of costs or expenses related to any properties that are conveyed (or to be conveyed) under this Act.

(b) Crediting of Response Costs- Any costs incurred by the Museum or an affiliate thereof pursuant to subsection (a) shall be credited to the purchase price for the property.

(c) Relationship to CERCLA- Nothing in this Act may be construed to affect or limit the application of or obligation to comply with any environmental law, including section 120(b) of CERCLA (42 U.S.C. 9620(b)).

SEC. 5. INCIDENTAL COSTS.

(a) Responsibilities- Subject to section 4, the Museum shall bear any and all costs associated with complying with the provisions of this Act, including studies and reports, surveys, relocating tenants, and mitigating impacts to existing Federal buildings and structures resulting directly from the development of the property by the Museum.

(b) Relocation of Existing Tenants- The costs of relocating existing tenants (including the costs of related studies) shall be paid by the Museum up to an amount to be agreed upon by the Administrator and the Museum in the agreement entered into under section 3(a)(2), and any costs in excess of such agreed upon amount shall be credited to the purchase price for the property upon the closing on the portion of the property first conveyed.

SEC. 6. LAND USE APPROVALS.

(a) Existing Authorities- Nothing in this Act shall be construed as limiting or affecting the authority or responsibilities of the National Capital Planning Commission or the Commission of Fine Arts.

(b) Cooperation-

(1) ZONING AND LAND USE- Subject to paragraph (2), the Administrator shall reasonably cooperate with the Museum with respect to any zoning or other land use matter relating to development of the property in accordance with this Act. Such cooperation shall include consenting to applications by the Museum for applicable zoning and permitting with respect to the property.

(2) LIMITATIONS- The Administrator shall not be required to incur any costs with respect to cooperation under this subsection and any consent provided under this subsection shall be premised on the property being developed and operated in accordance with this Act.

SEC. 7. REPORTS.

Not later than one year after the date of enactment of this Act, and annually thereafter until the end of the 5-year period following conveyance of the northern portion of the property or until substantial completion of the museum facility (whichever is later), the Museum shall submit annual reports to the Administrator and the Committees detailing the development and construction activities of the Museum with respect to this Act.

2 Responses to “H.R. 6548”

  1. Dear Ladies,
    Thsnk you all for the hard work you are putting into aquiring National Women’s Museum.Please send me more information about this project.The Women’s Museum in Dallas Texas is a wonderful tribute to the many women whom have worked to accomplish outstanding goals.
    My name is Valarie (Hawkins)Green. My maiden name is “Evans”. I am an educator in the Lansing Public School District, in Lansing, Michigan. I strongly beleive women should receive the recognition we deserve for the hard work we have given to our communities and to our nation.
    Thank you again, and know that I wish to assist in this endeavor.

    Valarie J. Green
    Educator

  2. error correction “Thank”

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