Greenbelt Council Votes to Support FBI Headquarters Near Metro

Two counties in Virginia are also vying for the building.

The Greenbelt City Council voted to support the relocation of the FBI headquarters from downtown Washington, D.C. to a site located near the Greenbelt Metro.

The majority of the council wants the building in the North Core of the Greenbelt Metro area, but Councilman Rodney Roberts would rather see it in the South Core.

"FBI employees should be able to walk from the Metro to the office," Councilwoman Leta Mach said. "They can't do that from the South Core."

Roberts supported the letter despite his preference for the South Core.

The council chose to not directly include its distaste for the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center as a possible Prince George's County option, but rather state that the Greenbelt Metro site was the only viable one.

"I want it to be a strong 'pro' letter," Mach said. "It muddies the waters to say where we don’t want to see it."

There are other sites up for consideration in Virginia. Loudoun County officials and some Fairfax County officials have urged the FBI to take up shop in their state.

Ryan McDermott January 16, 2013 at 06:56 PM
How do you guys feel about the feds dropping anchor in Greenbelt?
tcmitssr January 17, 2013 at 12:29 AM
As much as I respect Rodney, this is one issue where the entire City Councul should be on-board as well as each member ACTIVELY working, with particular assignments, towards the FBI relocating to Greenbelt.
tcmitssr January 17, 2013 at 05:02 AM
This should be a "NO-BRAINER!" Any Council member who does not fully support this, anywhere in Greenbelt, should not be re-elected. Jobs! A significant increase in the Greenbelt economy, you name it. It's the FBI, might even help make the city a safer place as the people working there use our shops, restaurants, etc. This is where EVERY council member should be putting their maximum personal efforts into making this happen.
greenbelter January 18, 2013 at 04:15 AM
Mr Robers is correct, the North Core is not the best location in Greenbelt for the FBI. We are deluding ourselves if we think that the 11,000 FBI employees are all going to take the metro to work. Most will drive, just as most of the people who work at the naval facility at the Branch Ave metro station do. The North Core is an ideal location for mixed use development, not a monolithic fortified compound. The BARC site, however, would be an ideal location for the FBI, and it would far cheaper for the federal government to relocate the FBI there than to buy land from a developer.
tcmitssr January 18, 2013 at 04:20 PM
The only thing "correct" in any of this is that Greenbelt desperately needs the FBI project to come to our city. There is a time and place to debate "space," green and otherwise. Greenbelt has an opportunity, maybe once in a decade or generation, to have a major job producer, significant new revenue streams and tax dollars, highly informed and educated residents,etc. to become a part of our community. I will be as clear as I can be. I have supported Rodney and several, not all, of the Council members for election and re-election through the years. Any one of them who does not get completely on-board with this project, in every way and wherever the FBI, Congressman Hoyer, and/or county, etc. wants to place it in order for Greenbelt to receive it; that council member will lose my vote until they cease being on the Council. This issue is THAT important to the future of Greenbelt.


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