Move the FBI to Poplar Point?

February 22, 2013

Putting the FBI at Poplar Point would mean foregoing dreams of grand tax-generating development. (Alexandra Garcia/washingtonpost.com)

City leaders have long made big plans for the 110-acre tract of federal parkland at Poplar Point, the Anacostia River promontory just across from Nationals Park. Most recently, it was possibly a soccer stadium and hotel anchoring hundreds of thousands of square feet of mixed-use development. Now, according to the Post’s Jonathan O’Connell, Mayor Vincent C. Gray is ready to pitch the site as the next location of FBI headquarters. The upside is keeping thousands of jobs and a prestigious federal tenant inside the city. The downside is giving up big but complicated dreams of tax-generating private development for a high-security federal compound. But with the G-men needing 40 acres or more, Poplar Point might be the least bad of all the possible D.C. locations for the agency. Question is, how hard will Gray, the D.C. Council and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton fight to actually make it happen?

In other news:

Millicent Williams is the fifth person charged in connection with Harry Thomas Jr. theft (PostLoose LipsExaminer)

Jim Graham goes to court to stave off council reprimand (PostExaminerDCistBladeWAMU-FMWJLA-TV)

Reprimand isn’t tough enough, says Jonetta Rose Barras (Examiner)

Judge: Hunger-striking Albrecht Muth is too infirm to represent himself at March trial (Crime SceneHomicide Watch)

Mark Segraves goes inside the D.C. General shelter (WRC-TV)

FEMS answers burning questions about heart-attack victim’s death (WRC-TV)

On the tremendous ironies of the FBI potentially relocating to a site where Jeffrey Thompson owns property (Loose Lips)

Guy who paid nearly a million dollars for a Trinidad rowhouse calls it a “no-brainer” (UrbanTurf)

Sequestration could mean closed National Zoo exhibits (Post)

How should Vince Gray spend his $100 million affordable housing investment? (DCFPI)

Channel 9 scouts bad cab drivers for hack inspectors (WUSA-TV)

As noted in Graham opinion, ethics board can’t touch elected officials who behaved badly pre-July 2012 (Examiner)

Vince Gray’s headed to spring training this weekend (Examiner)

MPD isn’t giving up David Gregory gun investigation documents (WaTimes)

Task force co-chairs differ on focus of regulatory reform push (WBJ)

The politics of a D.C. personal injury verdict (GGW)

Chemical weapons is sufficient reason to get a break on your property taxes (WBJ)

LivingSocial CEO insists the company isn’t about to go under (WBJ)

Washington Harbour employee can’t recover lost wages from their employers’ landlords (WBJ)

For the fifth time ever, $4-a-gallon gas in D.C. (Post)

Do we need a Wilson Building on wheels? (DCist)

See a pic of Jack Evans’s dad (G’town Dish)

Inside a local “boutique ice company.” Barf. (Young & Hungry)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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