May 23, 2022

Washington: “Sale of Seattle National Archives Property is Being Speeded Up. Attorney General Bob Ferguson Says He Will Sue”

From the Seattle Times:

For two months, an Oct. 1 decision to rush through the federal government’s controversial sale of the National Archives facility in Seattle went basically under the radar.

Instead of taking until July 2021 to sell the Sand Point Way NE facility, as previously announced by the archives, a real estate broker is to be awarded the contract by the end of December. The feds’ sale of the property will proceed this coming winter and spring.

On Friday, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, said he plans to sue “anyone in the decision-making in the sale of the property.”


The archives here has about a million boxes of documents. It is the repository of all federal records generated in the Pacific Northwest, and includes military, land, court, tax and census papers. They will be taken from Seattle to archives facilities in Riverside, California, and Kansas City, Missouri.

The archives has been digitizing documents, said Susan Karren, director of the Seattle facility. But, she said, “probably .001 percent” of the records were in electronic form.

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