Speak Out: Is BARC A Good Spot for a New FBI Headquarters?

BARC, Greenbelt Metro's North Core, and Metro's South Core have all been recommended as locations for a new FBI headquarters—and its thousands of jobs.

Councilmember Rodney Roberts told Greenbelt City Council last Tuesday that Prince George's County was grounds.

Now that the idea is out in the open, what do you think about it? Is it a good idea or is there another Greenbelt or county location that you think would be more fitting?

Roberts made it clear to council that he isn't keen on BARC's property being whittled down. But in an interview after the meeting, Roberts said he would love to see the FBI— along with its some 10,000 jobs— take up shop in the South Core of the . But he thinks developers want townhomes on the South Core instead.

The FBI moving is not a definite, but facing a long-derided structure that no longer meets its needs, it is considering alternative options—and one of them is relocating, according to the Huffington Post.

One thing is a definite, where the FBI settles, jobs will be created, which may play into the politics by the county and other local municipalities.

Would you like to see the FBI headquarters move to BARC, the South Core, North Core—or somewhere outside the county? Tell us what you think in the comments. 

Pat Blankenship June 05, 2012 at 07:03 PM
The FBI headquarters should not be located on BARC. The ideal location would be the north portion of the Metro site. Reasons 1) It would be right off the Beltway and right next to the Metro station, convenient access for employees. I should be just as secure as the current location at 935 Penn. Ave. NW. 2) It would be near Empirin Village and the new housing in the South Core. 3) the area is already saturated with retail which is scheduled for the North Core. 4) Most of the traffic would be Monday through Friday not all week long. And no mind boggling traffic jams at Christmas. One disadvantage, Greenbelt will lose tax money if a government entity occupies any part of the Metro site. But for less traffic and the preservation of BARC I believe it is a good trade off/
Donald James June 05, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I do think the better choice is actually the South core of the Greenbelt development rather than BARC. South Core is supposed to be predominately residential with some neighborhood serving retail. If the FBI relocated to the South core, this would keep BARC as open space, while also being able to use the North core for tax generating development (e.g. retail, office, and residential mixed uses). If the FBI is located on the North Core of Greenbelt Station, there won't be much room for any other development because of the strict security requirements.
Ed James June 06, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Rather than split forces and create a 3-way "race", I hope Greenbelters will first promote a united front to choose Greenbelt over Beltsville, should the FBI really decide to re-locate to one of these sites. I have always strongly supported bringing well-paying jobs to Greenbelt, rather than building more housing and increasing the need for more and more transportation. To me, "Smart Growth" is matching jobs with housing in a smaller locality, rather than building more roads, rails, etc.
Pat Blankenship June 06, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Everyone keeps talking about security requirements. The FBI is currently located on Pennsylvania Ave in downtown Washington DC. It is surrounded by offices and retail there is no reason the same could not be at the Metro Site. 10,000 jobs require Metro access and the south core is almost a mile from the station. Workers would have to walk along an access road from the south unless the FBI supplied shuttles. Do you want 10,000 more cars on the already crowded Beltway or on Greenbelt Road. North Core is the way to go.
Donald James June 07, 2012 at 02:26 PM
The security requirements were different when the J. Edgar Hoover building was built. 9/11 brought about a whole different set of security requirements for federal buildings. If you haven't seen what the PG planning department has proposed for the North Core of Greenbelt station if the FBI with their stringent security requirements were to locate there, it was very very little room for any other uses besides the federal buildings. Which means there won't be any type of taxable business adding to our local economy.


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