POTUS Signs Bill Authorizing Transfer of Land to City of Norwalk
Washington, DC- Today President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes an amendment that facilitates the transfer of a portion of the U.S. Air Force Norwalk Defense Fuel Supply Point, also known as the Norwalk Tank Farm, to the City of Norwalk.
The amendment was introduced as a stand-alone bill by Rep. Linda Sánchez (CA-38) earlier this year and then later included as part of the NDAA legislation. Today’s passage is the final step in a long process to have fifteen of the fifty-one acres at the site designated for public use and transferred to the City of Norwalk free of cost.
“Today’s news means the people of Norwalk can look forward to enjoying a new recreational space in their community,” said Rep. Sánchez. “For over 20 years, local leaders have tirelessly advocated for an opportunity to transform the blighted space. I am pleased that my staff and I were able to provide the support necessary to have their efforts come to fruition. I look forward to continuing to work with the City of Norwalk as we explore options to transform the 15 acres of land into a space our community can enjoy.”
The Norwalk Defense Fuel Supply Point was used by the U.S. Air Force to store jet fuel supplies from the 1950’s until 2001. For years, the City of Norwalk has advocated to have a portion of the land allocated as open space for the community. Under Rep. Sánchez’ legislation, the City of Norwalk gains ownership of the 15 acres of land and the ability to move forward with plans to designate the site as a public park and recreation area.