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Government may sell 8 Garfield County federal buildings

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Obama administration has introduced federal legislation aimed at selling off 12,000 “excess” buildings and structures nationwide that are costing the government money.

The list includes eight properties in Garfield County.

“These properties range from sheds to underutilized office buildings and empty warehouses,” according to a page on the White House website, set up to give the public a chance to see what may be on the auction block.



According to the website, the list of structures for sale on the Western Slope are spread out from Mesa Verde National Park to Hayden, and from Dillon to Bedrock.

There are no prices attached to any of the properties at this point, at least not that are evident from the website.



According to U.S. Forest Service public information officer Matt Herrick, the plan to sell off the properties does not involve the sale of land.

Within Garfield County, according to the website, there are four properties in Rifle, one in Silt, and three in Carbondale. All eight of the listed properties belong to the White River National Forest.

The Rifle properties are listed as either “excess office” or “excess family housing” on the website.

The two office properties are around 700 square feet in size, while the two housing properties are listed as containing 2,560 square feet and 2,700 square feet.

The Silt property is a 580-square-foot building in the forest to the northeast of the Harvey Gap Reservoir, along the West Elk Creek Road.

The three properties in Carbondale are all part of the former Sopris Ranger District office complex, at the corner of Main Street and Weant Boulevard. The complex includes two office buildings, one containing 1,239 square feet and the other 4,784, as well as warehouses containing 2,200 square feet of space.

The Carbondale complex was formally shut down about five years ago, when cost-cutting measures forced the agency to merge the Aspen and Sopris districts into the Aspen offices, although forest officials say the Carbondale facilities are still partially used by the agency.

Other properties listed in the sale in the Roaring Fork Valley area include buildings in Aspen and El Jebel.

The legislation, which was introduced in Congress on Thursday, figured in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union message in January, when he mentioned plans to reduce the “real estate footprint of the federal government,” according to a blog posted on the White House website by Jeff Zients, chief performance officer and deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.

The sale of property is expected to save taxpayers “at least $15 billion,” Zients wrote.

jcolson@postindependent.com


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