2M square feet of government buildings to be sold

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Public Works plans to dispose of 14 government-owned buildings in the National Capital Region in the coming years, according to an internal government report.

That represents more than two million square feet, or 10 per cent of the space inside the federal government’s Crown-owned assets, as well as those controlled under lease-purchase agreements.

A list of the specific properties - nine office buildings and five non-office structures - was redacted from a draft of Public Works’s National Capital Area 2012 portfolio strategy before it was released to OBJ under access-to-information legislation. The draft report was dated July 12, 2011.

Meanwhile, another 5.2 million square feet of government owned and lease-purchase space will undergo major renovations over the next decade.

Government documents also show the federal government will require 3.14 million square feet of new office space in Ottawa-Gatineau between 2011-13 to:

- Replace Crown-owned space (1.02 million square feet)

- Replace existing leases (1.36 million square feet)

- Accommodate new programs and priorities  (760,000 square feet)