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Prince George's County eyes new FBI headquarters

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Soon the FBI will say goodbye to the deteriorating J. Edgar Hoover building, hoping to trade the old place for a new, bigger location.

Now the agency handling the move is now asking the public for ideas.

In a statement, the General Services Administration said:

An exchange of the FBI headquarters not only saves money, but it also promotes efficiency by consolidating staff into a single state-of-the-art facility, shrinking the federal real estate footprint and eliminating multiple leases.”

The request has piqued the interest of both Prince George’s and Fairfax counties. Both say they’ve got the space to house more than 11,000 FBI workers.

“It would really help us so yeah, I’m for it,” says Douglas Cureton of Clifton, Md.

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker says they plan to aggressively go after the deal. About 60 percent of residents there are government workers.

“We’re going to do what is within reason to get the FBI headquarters, because we think it fits right in with the economic development of the county,” says Baker.

Fairfax County is crossing their fingers too. In a statement, Chairman Sharon Bulove said:

This move would present great revitalization and economic development opportunities for Fairfax County. Having the FBI headquarters within Fairfax would serve as an important nucleus for attracting private sector jobs wishing to locate near the FBI.

There are also strict guidelines. The new location must be at least two-million square feet and within two miles of the Metro and the Beltway. The deadline for proposals is March 4.

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