FBI Wooed By Fairfax County Supervisors | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

FBI Wooed By Fairfax County Supervisors

Play associated audio
The J. Edgar Hoover building in downtown D.C. is considered inadequate to the current needs of the FBI.
Chirag Shah: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chirag_dshah/89537676/
The J. Edgar Hoover building in downtown D.C. is considered inadequate to the current needs of the FBI.

One member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is trying to persuade the Federal Bureau of Investigations to move its headquarters from the J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown D.C. to Springfield, Virginia.

Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay has a deal for the FBI: abandon that old, inefficient J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue NW and move to Virginia -- Springfield, in particular. McKay wants the agency to consider the site of an old warehouse owned by the General Services Administration near the Franconia-Springfield Metro station.

"From a regional standpoint, I can't think of a better site for transportation access, for security, for transit access, for revitalization benefit," says McKay.

Several years ago, McKay made a similar pitch to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission to locate the Washington Headquarters Service here, but the Department of Defense chose the Mark Center in Alexandria instead. Now leaders in Springfield say the GSA site offers an ideal way for the FBI to consolidate its sprawling workforce.

Nancy-jo Manney is executive director of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. She says the GSA site is in need of revitalization.

"The whole thing is a wooden structure," says Manney. "One misplaced match, and the whole thing could come down. Low density on a very valuable piece of land, due to its proximity to the Metro station and the Interstate."

Fairfax County isn't the only local jurisdiction with its eye on the bureau, however. Last month, Prince George's County officials touted their county as the perfect place for the FBI to relocate.

The FBI declined to comment, but forwarded a partially redacted document that described the downtown headquarters as poorly designed and inadequate for its current needs.

NPR

Ellar Coltrane Speaks Of Growing Up On Screen In 'Boyhood'

Film director Richard Linklater's latest movie, Boyhood, was shot over 12 years. NPR's Tamara Keith speaks with the star of the film, Ellar Coltrane, who's spent over a decade shooting the movie.
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
NPR

What Can $100 Million Buy You — Besides An Election In Kentucky?

Campaign spending on the Kentucky Senate race could reach $100 million. So what can that get you in the Bluegrass State? NPR's Tamara Keith finds out when she calls up some local business owners.
NPR

Tech Week: Google's World Cup Play, Amazon Sued And Kids Tracked

Also in this week's roundup, a tech company that may not exist, using sensors to keep your plants alive and what the debate over sandwich taxonomy teaches us about innovation.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.