St. Elizabeths Hospital:

Real Property Issues Related to the West Campus

GAO-01-434: Published: Apr 16, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2001.

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The west campus of St. Elizabeths hospital is a unique property that is generally acknowledged to be in poor condition. GAO concludes that a significant sum of money and much work would be needed to prepare the west campus for reuse. This work would include stabilizing and mothballing the buildings for the period of time when the excess and disposal process will take place, developing plans for protection and maintenance, addressing environmental and historic preservation issues, studying potential uses for the property, and identifying user(s). The historic significance of the property, as well as the economic implications of its reuse for the District of Columbia will be key factors to be considered in determining the property's future. A successful outcome that is agreeable to all the interested stakeholders and is in the government's best interest will be a challenging and complex task.

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