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Metro’s Land Offering Intensifies FBI Headquarters Bidding War

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The J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C.  (Credit: JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — As D.C., Maryland and Virginia all try to convince the FBI to call them home, Prince George’s County picked up a new selling point this week that has a Fairfax County official fuming.

On Thursday, Metro’s real estate committee gave the developer of 78 acres it owns near the Greenbelt Metro station the all-clear to hand over the property to Prince George’s County, if the FBI is interested in moving there.

The property is one of the sites where the bureau could relocate its headquarters.

Metro’s committee members said the deal was not an endorsement of the FBI moving there, although Metro acknowledges a move to Greenbelt would provide some relief to its system by encouraging a reverse commute out of the District for thousands of employees.

But a Fairfax County official says Metro is giving Prince George’s County an unfair advantage in the bidding war to land the bureau’s headquarters. Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff C. McKay criticized the deal in a letter, claiming that Metro is steering the FBI toward a particular jurisdiction.

Fairfax County has proposed moving the FBI headquarters near the Franconia-Springfield Metro station in Springfield.

Last year, the General Services Administration announced plans for the FBI to leave the aging J. Edgar Hoover Building in D.C. Since then, several jurisdictions in the Washington area have tried luring the bureau and its thousands of jobs to its area.

The GSA says the new headquarters ideally should be located on at least 40 acres near a Metro station and the Capital Beltway.

WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.

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