GUAM HARMON PROPERTY DEED TO ARRIVING

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CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD Delegate from Guam U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE July 1, 2002

Congressman Robert A. Underwood announced that the transfer deed for the Harmon Communications Annex No. 1 property, totaling 862 acres, the largest of the 22 parcels specified in the Guam Excess Lands Act, P.L. 103-339, will be delivered to the Ancestral Lands Commission today.

"I received confirmation from the General Services Administration's Property Disposal Division in San Francisco, that the deed and attachments for the Harmon Cliffline property were sent by Federal Express on Friday (EST) and should be arriving in Guam this evening," the Congressman said.

"This is good news for the people who have been waiting and waiting. Their hopes will soon be realized."

At Congressman Underwood's urging, the GSA expedited the appraisal and federal screening. GSA has been in communication with both the Air Force on Guam and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to acquire retracement survey maps for the property and other critical information needed to complete the deed document.

"Last summer, after the Army Corps of Engineers turned the land over to GSA, I sought GSA's cooperation to move as quickly as possible to make the transfer," the Congressman said, adding that the transfer process, as governed by the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act, is a cumbersome one. The mandated 180-day review period ended on May 27. All seven of the required Congressional committees received notice of the transfer from GSA last year and Congressman Underwood worked successfully with the committee chairmen and ranking members to secure approval of the transfer.

Upon receipt of the deed, GovGuam must respond with an acceptance letter, paving the way for the parcel's official conveyance next month. This clears the way for GovGuam to return the land to original stakeholders and their descendants.

GSA's appraisal pegs the value of the acreage at $13.6 million.

For additional information, contact: Cathy Gault at 671-477-4272

Washington office: 2418 Rayburn Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Tel: 202-225-1188 Fax: 202-226-0341 Email: guamtodc@mail.house.gov 

Guam office: 120 Fr. Duenas Ave., Ste 107 Hagatna, GU 96932 Tel: 671-477-4272 Fax: 671-477-2587

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