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FBI Could Trade Hoover Building for New Site

One of the least-beloved, most imposing federal complexes in the District—the Federal Bureau of Investigations headquarters in the J. Edgar Hoover Building on a prime stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue NW—may not be with us for much longer.

The General Services Administration released a plan today to move the FBI to a new campus somewhere else in the D.C. region, which would free up the Hoover building for redevelopment.

According to The Washington Post's Jonathan O'Connell, GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini is proposing to swap the FBI's current site for a consolidated campus in response to a directive from President Barack Obama to cut real estate costs. The GSA's plan includes a call for private developer partners for the Hoover building and the 22-acre area south of the National Mall that it terms "Federal Triangle South."

The GSA's move today follows a Friday report from the Washington Business Journal that the agency was looking to move the FBI to a new 2.1 million-square-foot headquarters in D.C., suburban Maryland, or Northern Virginia.

According to that report, the GSA may need to form a public-private partnership to keep development costs down. A private developer might build the new campus and lease it to the federal government.

“At a time when doing more with less is an absolute imperative, GSA is aggressively working to find new and innovative ways to save money and increase efficiency,” Tangherlini said in a statement. “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."

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  • Alf

    The relocation of the FBI HQ -- and eventual demolition of the ugly J. Edgar building, reopening of the street grid and commercial redevelopment of the site -- will be one of the best things to happen to downtown in quite a while.

    I do hope that Washington, DC can find a site for the bureau so it doesn't decamp completely to the burbs.

  • http://www.theoverheadwire.com The Overhead Wire

    This is another case where the Feds are making a stupid 1980's car culture mistake. While this may cause short term costs for the feds to be reduced, it absolutely raises costs for the people who work there. You can't tell me that raising worker's VMT and need to own a car will lower their costs. This is another example of the transfer of wealth that happens all the time from employees to employers.

  • er

    the overhead wire,

    isn't the proposed new space metro accesible? what are the additional costs that employees will take on?

  • Typical DC BS

    If Prince George's County (or any other location with a Metro stop and land available for redevelopment to the tune of 2.1 million sf) can't develop something that can handle this type of density, they should just throw in the towel. You won't get a better opportunity than this!

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