The Navy has scuttled its plan to transfer 18,000 of its employes from leased offices in Northern Virginia to the Navy Yard in Southeast Washington, Sen. John W. Warner and Rep. Frank R. Wolf said yesterday.
The two Virginia Republicans, who have fought the plan for the past two years, declared that the proposal was "dead" after the Navy withdrew its request for moving funds from the fiscal 1984 budget.
Warner, who had helped place many of the offices in Arlington while he was Navy secretary in the Nixon administration, said he had "received assurances" from Navy Secretary John Lehman that the service would not pursue any further efforts to move. "We have done battle with this issue for the last time," Warner asserted.
Wolf, who represents Arlington, said the Navy's proposed move was "cumbersome, ill conceived" and an "ogre . . . I am delighted by the Navy's decision to kill it," he said.
The move would have stripped Arlington of about 11 percent of the county's work force and left vacant nearly 2.4 million square feet of office space, most of it in Crystal City.
The Virginia congressional delegation torpedoed an authorization bill last August that would have eventually given the Navy $280 million over the next five years to consolidate personnel in Northern Virginia -- including 16,500 who work in Arlington -- into current or future Navy-owned facilities in the District.
The issue surfaced again Saturday when an Arlington County Board member said he and his colleagues had "every reason to believe the Navy is going to raise this issue again." The board then reiterated its opposition to the plan.
An analysis by the board's staff of a Navy environmental impact study of the move attacked the study as being "skewed and biased [in favor of the move] . . . [frequently] unsubstantiated and ill-conceived."