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College Park and Neighboring Cities to Support FBI Move to Greenbelt

At last night’s worksession, the Council approved a Four cities resolution supporting a new FBI headquarters at the Greenbelt Metro Station.

The Four Cities Coalition consists of College Park and its neighboring 3 cities – Berwyn Heights, New Carrollton and Greenbelt.

The resolution will cite several benefits for choosing the location, which include

(1) the site meet security standards and it be close to the Capital Beltway and a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) rail station (Metro); and
(2) studies have shown that in the Washington metropolitan region, Prince George’s County has the least amount of leased federal office space, but the highest number of federal employees in the region
(3) the Greenbelt Metro Station in Prince George’s County can be developed to house the FBI headquarters
(4) the Greenbelt Metro Station site meets the GSA’s criteria of providing a secure location adjacent to a Metro station and the Capital Beltway
(5) the Greenbelt Metro site would be a model of Smart Growth and transit-oriented development with the FBI headquarters being within a one-quarter mile walk of the station; and
(6) the Greenbelt Metro site is less than five (5) miles from the flagship University of Maryland College Park campus which is home to outstanding criminology and cyber security programs; and
(7) the site also is adjacent to a MARC railway station and has easy access to highways, such as Interstate 95 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, which provides easy travel throughout the Mid-Atlantic Corridor; and
(8) the site is located in the City of Greenbelt and proximate to College Park, Berwyn Heights, and New Carrollton, communities with award-winning schools, outstanding recreation amenities, and a great sense of community.

The Council will also discussed a request for proposals for a videographer to produce a 9-11 minute video promoting the Greenbelt Metro Station as the desired site for a new FBI facility. The video will demonstrate that the Greenbelt Metro Station site and its surrounding area is the ideal location for FBI employees and contractors to work, live, play, and fully participate in a vibrant community life while furthering the mission of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The tone of the video will be a positive one supporting this site and will not degrade other sites.

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