How Do I Buy Surplus US Govt Property?

I need help with getting info from the Federal Government-GSA . I understand that the GSA is in charge of selling off surplus equipment and property. Not far from where I live, there is an abandoned US Airforce Radar station, which I would like to buy and renovate into a house-how can I find out if this property is for sale? Also, if you buy such property, are you liable for any environmental cleanup? Or are you protected by the standard disclosure clauses of any ordinary real estate transfer? This is really a nice piece of property-it appears to have been shut down for a long time.

Here you go…almost everything you need to know about at least the properties and how to buy…I can’t help with the environmental issues,…sorry.

I remember environmental concerns being one of the big hurdles with the sale of big hunks of Fort Ord in California. The firing ranges had been used for so many years, and they figure it would cost more to check it for unexploded ordinance and such then it would gain to selling it.

Using that as an example, I’d guess that they have to bring it up to some standard before the gov’t will allow the DOD to sell it. But, it might not be the same state-to-state.


“This is going to take a special blend of psychology and extreme violence.”

heh heh, Fort Ord? Ah, yes. Ive been there cause its nearby. They were concerned about the oil on the tarmack most of all. In other words, some oil on the driveways. lol.

Anyway, that’s true there is a lot of ordinance laying around there, sometimes people find it. They used the best area, the dunes near the beach for it too, sigh.

      • The sewage treatment plant for nearby Troy, Ill (IIRC) sits a mile or so from town; it was put on land that used to be a military radar installation. The mil site had been abandoned for years (decades, maybe); it was precisely the environmental isues that was the reason it wasn’t allowed to be sold to anyone else. It was a local teenager hang-out spot. There were a number of towers, above-ground buildings, underground tanks and underground buildngs that were removed and filled in; over the years the underground buildings had filled with water (numerous entrances were open), but nothing grew in the hazy gray water: no algae, no mosquitoes, no nuthin’. So it was definitely polluted. - As it was being taken apart we got to see that some of the underground tanks were railroad tankcars that had been buried intact (wheels and all) with only the top center hatches sticking above ground. Building the place must have been a quickie job.
  • Anyway, they put a bunch of sewage settling ponds on the land. - MC