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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. 

Terpalum98 June 04, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Bringing thousands of jobs to the area, leasing all of the office unused space on Ivy Ln with federal contractors, raising property values, filling vacant apartments with federal employees, area hotels being filled on a regular basis with visitors, new businesses in the area, increase in business of the already existing stores, new federal grants and money for the area, increase in tax income for local governments. I don't see where the problem is. Come on Greenbelt, get with the times. Laurel and Bowie are growing by leaps and bounds due to annexation and construction. Hyattsville is building new homes and businesses along Rt. 1. What's Greenbelt doing?
Glenn Harris June 04, 2012 at 04:19 PM
For us local residents, any of the 3 choices would have advantages and disadvantages. But I suspect that the bureau itself, as well as many of its employees would rather stay in DC or in nearby Arlington-Crystal City.
Mary Ann Canter June 04, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I am against developing the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center except on the Rt 1 site of the Agricultural Library. That building is failing, almost emplty and practically unusable. Give it to the FBI so thay can demolish it and build the facility they want. That piece of land is large and close to the beltway and to metro.
Doug Love June 04, 2012 at 09:16 PM
It would close BARC to us ordinary citizens.
robert snyder June 05, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I beg to differ with Terp-98.. Much of the overbuilt housing in Hyattsville along Rt. 1 and University Town Center is still vacant. Bowie and Laurel have also over built. Some new strip mall storefronts remain empty. No doubt a result of the recession and slow recovery. If Greenbelt is to have a new FBI facility it should be located at the South Core or North Core sites, which have been partially cleared and are zoned for development, despite a number of Greenbelt and area citizens on record as opposed to these developments. FBI facilities should NOT be placed in BARC lands. We don't need to chip away (develop) the additional open space and green space surrounding Greenbelt, which includes BARC lands. We have lost most of the original 'greenbelt' bit by bit over the years. Let's not lose more !!
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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