LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for a new home and Prince George’s County has officially thrown its hat into the ring.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III and County Council Chair Andrea Harrison sent a letter Tuesday to the FBI formally expressing interest in luring the government agency to the Maryland suburbs.
In the letter — which was addressed to Dan Tangherlini, acting administrator of the General Services Administration — the county explained why a 78-acre plot of land near the Greenbelt Metro station “can meet all the real estate, logistical and security needs of a new FBI headquarters.”
The county calls the location “a superior site that offers many outstanding attributes, including immediate access to Metro and the Capital Beltway, the ability to support a high quality consolidated, secure, office campus, and access to attractive retail and other amenities.”
In addition to being centrally located near multiple forms of transportation — including Metro, MARC, the Capital Beltway, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, and Interstate-95 — the county also touted the Greenbelt Metro’s proximity to the University of Maryland, College Park’s advanced research campus, as well as Joint Base Andrews.
Earlier this month, 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 — which it did — sparking the offer from the county.
Metro’s committee members said the deal was not an endorsement of the FBI moving there, although they acknowledged a move to Greenbelt would provide some relief to its system by encouraging a reverse commute out of the District for thousands of employees.
Fairfax County, which has proposed moving the FBI headquarters near the Franconia-Springfield Metro station in Springfield, said at the time of the deal that Metro was giving Prince George’s County an unfair advantage in the bidding war to land the bureau’s headquarters.
The GSA announced plans last year 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 FBI’s new headquarters ideally should be located on at least 40 acres near a Metro station and the Capital Beltway.
WNEW’s George Mesthos contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.
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