The Office of the Architect of the Capitol has acquired 12 acres of land in Prince George's County, Md., that was previously owned by the District of Columbia, which it will use as an off-site mail-sorting facility.
The deal caps a land swap mandated by the 2006 Federal and D.C. Government Real Property Act, which called for the transfer of nearly 200 federal acres in D.C. to the local government for redevelopment.
One part of the 200 acres is a 67-acre property along the western shore of the Anacostia River at the southeastern end of Capitol Hill. Its handoff from the General Services Administration to the District hinged on whether the District could strike a deal with the AOC, according to a 2008 Government Accountability Office study of the land transfer.
But since the deal for the 12-acre parcel was completed Sept. 1, the transfer of the 67-acre property followed on Friday.
The District is planning a $1.5 billion mixed-use waterfront community with up to 3,000 housing units and up to 2.1 million square feet of retail and office space, according to the office of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), who sponsored the land-swap act.
Supply and Demand
In an effort to help more small and minority-owned businesses get federal contracts, the House Administration Committee will host a vendor diversity procurement webinar Sept. 22.
The session will focus on the contracts available from the Architect of the Capitol, the General Services Administration, the Chief Administrative Officer and the Small Business Administration.
"This seminar will teach you how to qualify for the small and minority business contract lists that some agencies maintain," according to a committee press release.
AOC Chief Administrative Officer David Ferguson and Lawrence Toperoff, CAO procurement director, will be among the speakers.
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