Chet Holifield Federal Building:

GSA's Decision To Renovate and Retain Appears Appropriate

GGD-87-47: Published: Apr 20, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1987.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO studied the economic advisability of the General Services Administration's (GSA) proposal to renovate and retain the Chet Holifield Federal Building in Laguna Niguel, California.

GAO found that the GSA decision to renovate and retain the Holifield Building, rather than sell it, was an appropriate decision because: (1) the estimated cost to repair the building was $42.1 million, while the cost to sell the building and relocate the tenants into leased space would be $100.4 million; and (2) officials of the 11 tenant agencies stated that the building was suitable for their use. GAO noted that: (1) the building has an estimated 17 acres of excess parking, valued at $6.7 million; and (2) GSA was unable to determine the number of parking spaces necessary for the building's tenants.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GSA undertook a master plan to review space needs in Orange County, California. GSA concluded that, due to unanticipated federal growth in the use, the Holifield Building and its parking lot should be retained for future development.

    Recommendation: The Administrator of General Services should determine the actual amount of parking that will be needed at the Holifield Building and initiate action to dispose of any excess parking capacity.

    Agency Affected: General Services Administration


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