Pr. George's chief works with developers to lure HHS

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By Ovetta Wiggins
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 2, 2009; 4:44 PM

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson is working with all three developers who are vying to lure federal Health and Human Services offices to Prince George's County.

Johnson (D) asked the County Council last month to consider a proposal that would create a special taxing district for One Largo Metro, offering developer Peter N.G. Schwartz a better shot at getting HHS to relocate its offices in Rockville's Parklawn Building, which include the Health Resources and Services Administration, to Schwartz's proposed 11-acre development near the Largo Metro Station.

James Keary, a spokesman for Johnson, said Monday that Johnson wants to ensure that the county wins the bid. It does not matter which developer gets it, he said.

The Carl Williams Group, one of the developers that has submitted a bid, asked the council last week to consider an amendment that would create similar special taxing districts for its New Carrollton site and for Herschel W. Blumberg's University Town Center in Hyattsville.

Keary said the council cannot amend the bill because the bond bill has to be site-specific.

The council is expected to discuss the measure Tuesday.

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