The Machine Shop 25 Liberty Shipway: Sausalito - Office of Construction & Facilities Management
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The Machine Shop 25 Liberty Shipway: Sausalito

The Opportunity

The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking a development partner for an opportunity in Sausalito, California to redevelop the historic former Marinship Machine Shop site. The site includes an approximately 37,800 square foot vacant building, currently registered on the National Register of Historic Properties, on a 1.7- acre parcel. Acquired by the agency in 2006, VA is prepared to move aggressively to partner with a private-sector developer to redevelop this site.

Located at 25 Liberty Ship Way, there are two buildings located on the project site, including the historic former Machine Shop. As one of the first WWII-era buildings within the City of Sausalito and Marin County, the property is recognized by the California State Historic Preservation Office (CA SHPO) as a historic property and, as of December 2016, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Pursuant to Section 111, Title 54 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), VA has the authority to enter into out-lease or exchange agreements for historic properties in its portfolio that are no longer needed for current or projected agency purposes. VA may lease these historic properties to non-Federal entities for up to 99 years, or exchange any property for a comparable historic property. Any agreement made must be consistent with VA’s obligation to maintain the historic asset; and the agency must first determine that the out-leased or exchange agreement will adequately ensure the preservation of the historic asset’s status prior to entering into an agreement. VA has developed a Historic Reuse Program (HRP) managed by the Real Property Strategic Utilization service of the Office of Real Property to implement this authority. HRP will allow the agency to enter into partnerships with private-sector development entities to redevelop and re-activate historic real property assets.

The City of Sausalito and Marin County both stand to benefit from the adaptive re-use of this site due to the its location within the Marinship area of Sausalito, which is the city’s traditional commercial and industrial employment hub. The Machine Shop site also benefits from excellent proximity to the waterfront and its location within the Marinship District. There is a significant amount of beach access in the surrounding area and convenient ferry access approximately one mile away. The ferry provides Sausalito residents and tourists with direct access to the San Francisco Ferry Building, the city’s most famous landmark. Additional tourist attractions include nearby Muir Woods National Monument and its ancient coast redwood forest, Marin County hiking trails, and numerous other National Parks available for outdoor recreation such as the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  San Francisco proper is just a short drive away, including Fisherman’s Wharf, which, along with the Ferry Building, is one of the city’s most popular destinations among tourists.


Developer Selection
  • The solicitation process for the Machine Shop is complete and a selection has been made. Please see the press release for the official announcement.
Industry Day
  • Please visit the Solicitation page for more information from the Industry Day event.
  • The solicitation process for 25 Liberty Ship Way will have two phases. Phase I is an RFQ. Based on a review of qualifications in this phase of the solicitation process, VA will select qualified Offerors who will be invited to participate in Phase II. In the second phase of the solicitation process, Offerors deemed qualified in Phase I will be asked to submit proposals with more detailed project-specific information. Participation in both Phases I and II is a mandatory requirement in order to ultimately be the selected developer. Please see Solicitation for more information on the RFQ and the Machine Shop solicitation process.
  • Please see Resources for project due diligence materials.


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