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Prince George's County passes Greenbelt resolutions as it tries to woo FBI

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Local,Maryland,Matt Connolly,Prince Georges County

The Prince George's County Council adopted a pair of resolutions meant to improve development in Greenbelt as the county pitches it as an FBI landing site.

The resolutions are meant to increase pedestrian access, bring in retail and parking space and make zoning in the city flexible for a potential federal tenant.

That federal tenant, officials hope, will be the FBI, which is looking to move its headquarters out of D.C.'s J. Edgar Hoover Building. County Executive Rushern Baker and Council Chairwoman Andrea Harrison, D-Bladensburg, wrote a letter to the General Services Administration endorsing Greenbelt in February.

"We strongly believe that the proposed location at the Greenbelt Metro Station is a superior site that offers many outstanding attributes, including immediate access to Metro and the Capital Beltway, the ability to support a high quality consolidated, secure, office campus, and access to attractive retail and other amenities," the letter says,

The county is also pushing for state funding to increase transit-oriented development around the site.

Prince George's is competing for the headquarters against Virginia, which has proposed multiple sites including a federally owned warehouse in Springfield, and D.C., which is pitching Poplar Point, a site on the Anacostia River currently used by the U.S. National Park Service and the U.S. Park Police.

mconnolly@washingtonexaminer.com

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