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Feds Seek FBI Headquarters Sites in D.C. Area

The current FBI headquarters.

The current FBI headquarters.

Nearly a year after releasing a plan to move the Federal Bureau of Investigations from the J. Edgar Hoover Building, the General Services Administration today formally kicked off the process to find a new site for the FBI's headquarters.

The GSA, which serves as the landlord for federal government properties, issued a solicitation today for landowners with sites that might be suitable for a new headquarters in a swap for the obsolete Hoover Building. According to GSA spokesman Dan Cruz, the GSA will consider sites in D.C.; Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland; and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the cities and towns of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Herndon, Vienna, and Manassas in Virginia. Sites must be within two miles of a Metro station and either inside or within 2.5 miles of the Capital Beltway.

Sites should accommodate up to 2.1 million rentable square feet of office and related space, which the GSA anticipates will require about 50 acres. They must also be able to meet the federal government's top-level security requirements.

The GSA will accept site proposals until Dec. 17. It expects to whittle those proposals down to a shortlist in March, to issue a solicitation for development proposals in April, and to award the project to a developer by summer 2015.

Update: As a smart commenter points out, Loudoun County is well more than 2.5 miles outside the Beltway, as are Prince William County, Herndon, Fairfax, and Manassas. That would imply that these jurisdictions are out of contention.

"These counties are identified in the solicitation because they are part of GSA’s National Capital Region; however, all sites must comply with the transportation criteria presented in the advertisement," Cruz clarifies in an email. "The delineated area requires sites be within 2 miles of a Metrorail station, and either inside the Capital Beltway or within 2.5 miles of a Capital Beltway interchange."

This post has been updated to include additional information about the schedule for the FBI headquarters.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • DailyQuibbler

    quibble - there is no town of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church or Manassas. All those are cities, which in Va are independent of Counties. Towns (like Vienna and Herndon) are parts of Counties (fairfax county in those cases)

  • DailyQuibbler

    there are also no parts of Loudoun (or PWC?) within 2.5 miles of the beltway, so including them was silly.

  • Typical DC BS

    How can there not be several locations in Prince George's County? Forget Greenbelt - knock down all the low-rise crap around the Metro stops on the Orange or Green lines in PG County. Branch Avenue Metro stop is a NATURAL for this type of use.

  • SEis4ME

    @Typical, here here!

    There is nothing around Branch but a wasteland...and apartment communities.

  • Hillman

    There are tons of locations in NE DC that would meet these criteria. And be on relatively inexpensive land.

    And could be a catalyst for development all around the new location.

    IF they could figure out how to make the transit from the metro to the facility safe.

  • Smart Urbanist

    I hope DC lets the FBI go. It's largely just a bunch of thick-soled suburbanites who brownbag it to work. Who needs those jobs, if they don't spend any money in DC? Let them move to Teapartyville, VA where they can all drive. Instead of tying up its land with a non-texpaying federal agency, DC could have more density, mixed use development and upscale wine and tapas bars.

  • Chris hauser

    Ain't enuf land in ne.

    Springfield, landmark or poplar point, the horse in the dark.

  • Hillman


    That hasn't been my experience at all.

    Granted I've only known maybe half dozen FBI agents, but all of them lived in DC.

    True we don't get to tax the facility but we do get a massive job center that if done right could revitalize any number of blighted areas in DC.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AdamLDC Adam L


    I know several FBI employees who are DC residents as well, but they work for the local FBI field office, not the HQ. I imagine HQ has far more suburban employees.

    That said, I think the FBI should still stay in DC if a suitable location can be found. The problem is 50 acres?! You can get 2.1 million square feet in a considerably smaller area, but the securicrats are running wild again. For comparison, the White House complex sits on about 40 acres.

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  • Calvin H. Gurley

    The new FBI building can "only" be relocated on the Walter Reed Army Hospital grounds.

    1) To preserve the green space that always been associated with that tranquil area of N.W.

    2) FBI presence will surely reduce the amount of crime that has suddenly overridden the neighbor. Uniform police of the FBI will patrol the perimeter of the Walter Reed grounds and that include the Takoma Metro that is less than four blocks away.

    3) Most importantly, the 3,000 or so employees, administrators, support staff and security police force will bring and expand retail commerce on Georgia Avenue, N.W. That would mean jobs and a new retail face of stores, shops and restaurants.

    There is only one way to have an H Street, N.E. renaissance of new cafes, restaurants and eateries on Georgia Avenue – and that’s to have the FBI anchor at Walter Reed Hospital. Developers know that the plan for 200 to 300 family housing can’t financially sustain and bring new restaurants and commercial changes to Georgia Avenue. The families would just travel up Georgia Avenue to City Place and to Adams Morgan. But, the 3000 plus FBI employees, staff and support personnel will bring the same "Downtown F Street, N.W." restaurants, hotels and night entertainment spots quickly to Georgia Avenue.

    This is a win-win for Ward 4, the community and the Georgia Avenue corridor.

    Calvin Gurley
    Council Candidate 2014

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  • Mimi

    Greenbelt for sure, PG county needs a boost... helps even out the value of properties compare to other counties... it way over due... it will control crime....

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