Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III recently published an OP-Ed in the Washington Post regarding the relocation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters. The County has two sites reserved for the new FBI headquarters, both have been chosen as finalists by the General Services Administration, along with a site in Springfield, Virginia.
The 82-acre Greenbelt site has a trove of Metro parking and is easily accessed by metrorail, metrobus and train. Both the Greenbelt and Landover sites are located in the suburbs, with a capacity to accommodate a 2.1-million-square foot campus and 11,000 employees. Maryland has worked to secure $390 million in 2015 and in December another $255 million for the project.
On Friday, the General Services Administration announced that Congress would need to approve funding for the proposed FBI headquarters, before the $2 billion project could move forward.
“Appropriations are necessary in order for us to make an announcement and move forward with the next critical steps … and ultimately make an award,” the GSA statement said.
After the announcement members of the Maryland delegation expressed concern.
“We recognize the urgent need to select a site, and are concerned that the continued delays will have a negative impact on the safety and security of our nation,” Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Steny H. Hoyer and Anthony G. Brown said in a joint statement.
To read the full Op-Ed by County Executive Baker, click on the following link: http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?aid=675