Fairfax County Trying to Lure FBI to Virginia

County says it has a 70-acre site ready for development

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012  |  Updated 2:37 PM EDT
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Fairfax County is trying to lure the FBI out of the nation's capital.

Fairfax County is trying to lure the FBI out of the nation's capital.

For more than 37 years, the FBI has resided in the J. Edgar Hoover building at 9th and Pennsylvania Northwest.

But that could soon be changing, as Fairfax County is making a big push to get the longtime government agency to move to Virginia.

County Supervisor Jeff McKay says there’s a 70-acre federal warehouse site in Springfield that would be perfect for the FBI.

McKay says the site’s proximity to the Franconia-Springfield metro station is one of the big draws to the location.

“I have a dinosaur of a warehouse sitting next to a regional transportation center, and we need to be a lot smarter about where we locate workplaces.”

But the potential move is far from a done deal.

Years ago, FBI officials rejected the Springfield site for defense workers, instead settling on Alexandria’s Mark Center.

Residents are split over whether the move is a good idea.  Some think an additional 12,000 workers will bog down traffic, while others are excited about the potential business opportunities.

Fairfax County supervisors are also pitching financial relief.  They say the move could save the federal government more than $40 million a year.

But Fairfax County isn’t the only one trying to lure the Bureau.  Prince George’s and Loudoun Counties also have prime locations for the government agency.

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