Feds May Move NOAA Out of Gloucester
April 24, 2012
An amendment to a proposed federal spending plan for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would close the agency’s Northeast regional office of the National Marine Fisheries Service in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and move the bulk of fisheries management, administration and law enforcement to Maryland, according to an article in the Gloucester Times.
Federal lawmakers from Massachusetts vowed a fight to keep the office in Gloucester, which was privately developed and built to specs provided by the General Services Administration. The edifice, NOAA’s newest and spiffiest regional headquarters among eight, sits in Blackburn Industrial Park, is assessed at nearly $13 million, and brings the city $169,185 a year in taxes.