Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Federal Funding for Renovations of Historic Downtown Building Clears the House

July 16, 1998

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today announced the House of Representatives approved the Treasury Postal Appropriations Bill which includes $29.7 million for the Appraisers Building, 630 Sansome Street, home to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Customs Service. "The Appraisers Building is a fixture of San Francisco's urban landscape and also home to 1,178 federal employees. The much needed renovations will make the building safer and more accessible and accommodate the expansion and consolidation of the INS," Pelosi said.

The impending relocation of the Forest Service to Marc Island and the expansion of the INS at the Sansome Street location are the driving factors behind the renovation. Eventually the General Services Administration expects to save on rent paid on 35,000 square feet of leased space once the INS offices are brought under one roof. "Completion of this project is critical for the important operations of the INS, especially considering it expanded responsibilities," said Kenn N. Kojima, Regional Administrator for the GSA's Region 9.

The architectural firm contracted for the project is San Francisco's Stone Marraccini and Patterson. Work is scheduled to begin in the fall of 1999 and should be completed by the summer of 2003. The Appraisers Building is a 16 story federal office building located in the heart of San Francisco's financial district. Built in 1944, it is adjacent to the turn-of-the-century Custom House, and has been nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Treasury Postal Appropriations bill now moves to the Senate.

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