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Fairfax County trying to lure FBI HQ to Springfield

FBI director Robert Mueller. Would he be willing to brave the Springfield Mixing Bowl every day? The new HOT lanes? (Chris O'Meara/AP)

UPDATE, Monday: The FBI released formal details of what it’s seeking, including 2.1 million square feet of office space, and Capital Business’s Jonathan O’Connell has the full details here. And here is the link to the actual Request for Information from possible interested parties, to include making a swap for the current J. Edgar Hoover building, if that’s something you need.

ORIGINAL POST: The FBI wants out of downtown D.C., so why not beautiful bustling Springfield? Specifically. some of the large federally owned warehouse space near the Franconia-Springfield Metro station, Fairfax County officials hope and dream.

Fairfax officials tell Kali Schumitz in the Fairfax County Times that the Springfield site matches Congress’s description for a new FBI headquarters “to a T.” It’s not only near Metro but the VRE and some certain very major highways.

“We will do our own full court press from a lobbying standpoint as to why this site is so superior,” Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee) said. Prince George’s County, with its own Metro stations and major highways, is thought to be the major competition.

But Fairfax does NOT want the FBI moving into a place like the vast, soon to be vacant Exxon-Mobil campus on Gallows Road in Merrifield. That would remove about $2.5 million in annual tax revenue, because the feds wouldn’t pay taxes. The rest of Schumitz’s story is here.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.


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