Carmel Church Station developer seeks FBI HQ

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 8:42 am

The developers of Carmel Church Station are trying to get the federal government interested in relocating the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. to Caroline County.

Litt Thompson, one of the Carmel Church Station developers, submitted the site to the General Services Administration for consideration, according to a published report.

Monday was the deadline to submit sites for consideration. The GSA is expected to ask for more detailed proposals in the future.

There are a lot of other sites on the GSA list. For example, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties also have been seeking to attract the FBI headquarters.

Carmel Church Station is still in the early planning stages. It will be located on about 1,100 acres near the Carmel Church interchange of Interstate 95. The project includes a proposed train station and commercial and residential development.

Thompson noted that Carmel Church Station would provide the FBI a safe location outside Washington, lower development costs, room for future growth, access to the planned train station, less traffic congestion, and the opportunity for economic development in  rural county, according to a report in another media outlet.

The GSA has been asking developers and localities to submit candidate sites for a new headquarters that would include about 2 million square feet of office space for about 11,000 workers.

The ideal location, according to the agency, would be close to a Metro station and the Beltway.

The District of Columbia and localities in Virginia and Maryland have been competing to attract the FBI headquarters.

The FBI headquarters is contained in the J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown Washington.

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