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Congressman Young Passes Legislation to Permit Sale of Excess Archives Lands to Municipality of Anchorage

Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today unanimously passed legislation introduced by Alaskan Congressman Don Young that would allow for the sale of unused National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) property, approximately 9 acres, to the Municipality of Anchorage. The legislation, H.R. 3786, specifically addresses the sale of federally owned land at 400 East Fortieth Street for no less than fair market value.

Congressman Young on the passage of H.R. 3786, legislation which would allow for the sale of NARA land to the Municipality of Anchorage (Click here or above to watch).

 “I’m happy to announce today the passage of H.R. 3786, which will allow for the transfer of Archives lands to the city of Anchorage – roughly 9 acres,” said Congressman Don Young. “This was long overdue. This land was no longer of use to the Archives. The city of Anchorage requested this land be made available and the city council passed a resolution thanking me for supporting this legislation. I’m very excited to get this land into the hands of the city of Anchorage for development purposes. Along those lines, I would like to get more lands across the state from federal and state lands into the hands of the private individual so we can keep the state growing. We can’t stay stagnant.”

“This is a small step orward to ensuring this land is available for the city of Anchorage. Strongly supported by Mayor Dan Sullivan, supported by the city council, the city of Anchorage can do well with this land. I’m happy to announce that the bill was passed today unanimously, which I think is a great step forward for the state of Alaska.”

Congressman Young unanimously passing H.R. 3786 on the House floor (Click here or above to watch).

H.R. 3786, which aims to bring saving to the taxpayers by relinquishing the federal governments growing footprint of unused properties, would require fair market value in exchange for the property. In addition, the bill allows the National Archives to retain the proceeds of the sale to be used for internal purposes. This is of particular Alaskan interest following the closure of the Anchorage NARA facility, as sale proceeds could free up internal funds to be used to streamline the digitization process of records across the country, an issue that remains important to Congressman Young.

Today’s legislation builds upon Congressman Young’s effort to develop lands across Alaska for the betterment of its people. In recent months, Congressman Young introduced legislation to streamline development on Point Spencer, AK by transferring federal lands to state and local interests. Additionally, Congressman Young included language within the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 that supports economic development on unused Coast Guard property in Womens Bay, AK.

H.R. 3786 is the fourth stand alone bill passed by Congressman Young in the 113th Congress. His previously passed legislation includes:

 H.R. 3786 will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

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