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Va., Md. Counties in Competition for FBI Headquarters

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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)- Just one day after Prince George’s County officials sent a letter formally expressing interest in luring the FBI to the Maryland suburbs, the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development submitted a list of eight sites for the government agency to consider in its quest to find a new headquarters.

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.

Loudoun County says the sites are located on or near the future path of the Silver Line Metro rail.

“Loudoun offers not one or two, but at least eight qualified sites for an FBI headquarters,” according to Scott York, chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. “These greenfield sites offer the lowest cost per square foot, and the highest flexibility, of any sites under consideration for the new FBI headquarters.”

In the letter sent by Prince George’s County — which was addressed to Dan Tangherlini, acting administrator of the General Services Administration — Executive Rushern Baker III and County Council Chair Andrea Harrison 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 letter 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.”

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