SHAHEEN SECURES GSA COMMITMENT TO LEAVE MCINTYRE BUILDING

GSA Will Negotiate Transfer to City of Portsmouth

May 29, 2014

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today welcomed the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) decision to vacate the McIntyre Federal Building in Portsmouth and to work with the City of Portsmouth to transfer the facility out of federal ownership. The agency made the announcement in a letter delivered to Shaheen this morning.

“This is great news for the City of Portsmouth,” Shaheen said. “I am looking forward to continue working with the GSA in whatever way possible to help the City of Portsmouth obtain the McIntyre Building once federal agencies have relocated so we can start developing the jobs and economic revenue from this long-awaited transition.”

Shaheen has repeatedly pressed the White House and the GSA about the transition of the McIntyre Building to the City of Portsmouth. The GSA will “immediately begin working with the current tenants in McIntyre to develop updated requirements, incorporating new, efficient standards that should allow them to reduce their overall space needs …  [and] will engage with the City of Portsmouth to find a mutually beneficial path forward for divesting the McIntyre building,” according to the letter. 

The full text of the GSA’s letter to Shaheen is available here.