FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA) -- According to the Office Of Fairfax County Board Chairman Sharon Bulova, on Tuesday the Board of supervisors unanimously approved the chairman and supervisor Jeff McKay's endorsement of putting the new FBI headquarters at the former General Services Administration warehouse site. That site is next to the Franconia/Springfield Metro Station.
Her office said in a statement released via email that the Senate Committee onEnvironment and Public Works "authorized the GSA to consolidate FBI offices into a new headquarters" in December. See the document here.
Among the reasons cited for the FBI to relocate its headquarters from Washington, D.C. to Virginia were that the cost of renovating or demolishing it and rebuilding it would cost more than$1 billion and the FBI needs more space, preferably near a Metro station and within 2.5 miles ofthe Beltway (see the joint board matter here). In addition,in the joint board matterit is also stated that"Redeveloping existing sites in DC would be extremely expensive, especially given the post-911 security features that are now required."
Also in the email was a statement from Chairman Sharon Bulova, which read: "The former GSA site not only meets the needs of the FBI, but gives Fairfax County a valuable new employer and new jobs. The area is located near Metro and the VRE, and prime for redevelopment, and this kind of project could spur that."
Now, Chairman Bulova will send a letter on behalf of the Board to the GSA, FBI andits federal delegation, according toFairfax County CommunicationsDirectorClayton Medford.