Pr. George's council backs developer's efforts to lure federal offices

By Ovetta Wiggins
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 3, 2009; 2:57 PM

The Prince George's County Council approved legislation Tuesday that helps a developer in his attempt to lure federal offices to the county.

The council voted 8 to 0 to approve legislation that would allow the county to create a special taxing district for developer Peter N.G. Schwartz. Council member Tony Knotts (D-Temple Hills) was absent.

Schwartz submitted a federal bid requesting that offices of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- including the Health Resources and Services Administration -- that are now at the Parklawn Building in Rockville relocate to a proposed 11-acre development in Largo.

County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) asked the council to consider the legislation last month. Developers Carl Williams and Herschel W. Blumberg are also vying for HHS to become a part of their projects in New Carrollton and Hyattsville, respectively. An aide to Johnson told the council Tuesday that the county executive supports any effort that would bring federal offices to the county.

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