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Baker Says Greenbelt Has Most Potential For FBI Headquarters

The bureau's potential move is shaping up as a battle between Maryland and Virginia, according to the county executive.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker told WTOP recently that Greenbelt has the most potential in the county for a new FBI headquarters, saying "we're pushing very hard."

But Baker is not alone in the bid for the federal institution: he told the station it's coming down to a battle across the Beltway between Maryland and Virginia.

Loudoun County officials are salivating at the prospect of wooing a $1.2 billion complex and nearly 12,000 jobs its way, according to the Washington Post. And some Fairfax County officials have urged the FBI to take up shop in a General Services Administration-owned building next to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station.

Facing a long-derided structure that no longer meets its needs, the FBI is considering other options, including relocation. But the idea of having the institution  of the Beltsville Agricultureal Research Center had some Greenbelt residents and officials .

If BARC was out of the picture, would citizens welcome the FBI to Greenbelt proper? 

In May, Greenbelt Councilmember Rodney Roberts expressed strong opposition to the FBI taking up a BARC location. But he was not ruffled by the idea of having its headquarters in town.

"I would love to have [the FBI] on the South Core of the Metro stop," Roberts told Patch, referring to the jobs the move would bring.

What do you think about the prospect of the FBI moving its headquarters to Greenbelt? Tell us in the comments.

Jay Friedman July 18, 2012 at 02:57 PM
HEY FOLKS!. by the way, there are no agreements in place with GSA to actually build a new FBI headquarters. Yes, a new building is needed. However, with the current budget stalemate, and no cost projections out, we are not looking at getting this done anytime in the next many years. Mr. Baker is to be commended for doing his job to promote the County. But I suspect it will be 2--3 years before the dirt flies on the new site!
HyattsvilleCouldBeBetter July 18, 2012 at 03:38 PM
That is unfortunately the situation with all potential developments, which is why it is important for the local leaders to facilitate the process as quickly and easily as possible. The less red tape, the faster we can see positive change in our community. I'd already have a gazebo and fenced in garden on my property if it didn't require a permit.
HyattsvilleCouldBeBetter July 18, 2012 at 04:02 PM
John Krouse, you bring up valid concerns but if there were 12000 people suddenly working in a secure facility next to the Greenbelt station, it seems like they would most likely delegate at least a portion of the site to restaurants. At lunch time there would definitely be spill over into the local restaurants as well, which could help fund the revitalization of existing shopping centers. If I was working at that location and had a car, I would take the freeway, 1 exit to the IKEA shopping center. As far as terrorist risks, one could argue that DC is still a greater target. If for instance, the terrorist had a nuclear bomb, they'd probably detonate it at the mall. Any smaller attacks aimed specifically at the FBI would most likely not reach the local community unless a terrorist were to bomb a local restaurant filled with FBI agents. ugh. If I recall correctly, some of the terrorists involved in 9-11 were living in Laurel right under the nose of the NSA, but their target was NYC and the Pentagon. Ultimately, there weren't any local civilian casualties in the pentagon attack.
OverlyOptimistic August 15, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Don't expect the move to bring federal jobs. Most people who work at the FBI are not from D.C., Maryland, or Virginia--they relocated from other states. And federal employees are used to long commutes so don't expect them to pick up and move to Greenbelt either, especially if they have a spouse that does not work nearby. If the employees already live in Howard, Montgomery, and Fairfax County--they are most likely going to commute. This project is at least eight years away.
Workerbee February 20, 2013 at 08:23 PM
OverlyOptimistic and John Crouse have good points. Why are you moving a federal building into an highly populated crime area? Its not going to change anything, the only thing it will do will put the employees at risk. Virginia is a much better option, and plus alot of the federal employees who work at the FBI DO NOT reside in Maryland, they reside in VA and Pennsylvania, as well as Philly. Everyday on the news is some shooting or attack in Prince George County.

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