HARRY FLOOD BYRD, VA., CHA
RUSSELL B. LONG, LA. JOHN J. WILL DEL.
GEORGE A. SMATHERS, FLA. FRANK CARLSON, KANS.
CLINTON P. ANDERSON, N. MEX. WALLACE F. BENNETT, UTAH
PAUL H. DOUGLAS, ILL. CARL T. CURTIS, NEBR.
ALBERT GORE, TENN. THRUSTON B. MORTON, KY. "} f e *ib d Z o at
HERMAN E TALMADGE, GA. EVERETT MCKINLEY DIRKSEN, ILL I vl t? t f o i
EUGENE J. MCCARTHY, MINN.
VANCE HARTKE, IND.
J. FULBRIGHT, ARK. COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
ABRAHAM RIBICOFF, CONN.
ELIZABETH B. SPRINGER, CHIEF CLERK
June 21, 1965
Mr. H. E. Wolfe
Exchange National Bank
P. 0. Box 1361
St. Augustine, Florida
For your further information, I am enclosing
a self-explanatory letter from the Administrator
of the General Services Administration.
I was not pleased by the reply, and while I am
not sure what else can be done, you may be sure we
will look into every possibility.
With kindest personal retards, I remain
/6eorg A Smathers
Unit States Senator
GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
JUN 15 1965
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Honorable George A. Smathers
United States Senate
Washington, D. C. 20510
Dear Senator Smathers:
This is in further reference to our letter of March 31 in which
we informed you that we had our Atlanta Regional Office to make
a detailed study of the Federal space situation in St. Augustine
with particular attention to future use or disposition of the present
Post Office and Customhouse.
As a result of the regional report, we have concluded that the old
building should be disposed of when the Post Office Department
moves its operation to its new facility in December.
We would be pleased to accommodate the people of St. Augustine
in their quadricentennial celebration by allowing the Commission
to use the building. There are some difficulties involved, however,
as the Commission needs space by September 8 and the new postal
facility will not be completed until December.
To make space available in the East Wing to the Commission by
September 8, two Department of Agriculture employees would have
to be moved to other space in the building and space outside the
building must be located for Bureau of Customs and Federal Bureau
of Investigation employees. This can be done if the Commission is
prepared to pay the cost involved for the moving and lease cost.
The East Wing space occupied by the Postmaster and Assistant
Postmaster cannot be made available to the Commission until the
new postal facility is completed.
When the Post Office Department vacates the building, space on the
first floor can be made available to the Commission until we dispose
of the building. However, as the bulk of the building would then be
used by the Commission, it would be necessary to make arrangements
for the Commission to pay maintenance and operating costs. As soon
thereafter as suitable housing arrangements can be made for the
activities remaining on the second floor of the building, the property
will become available for disposal.
We have asked the Secretary of the Interior to determine whether
the building has national historical significance in view of his
responsibility for administering the Historic Sites Act of 1935.
If the building is not transferred to the Department of the Interior
for maintenance as an historical site and there is no further Federal
requirement for its use, it will become available for disposal in
accordance with the authorities and procedures outlined in the
Si merely yours,
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Lawson B. Knott,: