SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- Virginia's two U.S. Senators and the entire Northern Virginia delegation is now backing one site for the new FBI headquarters: the Springfield site, as new options concerning private land have opened up.
"We're going to fight on the merits, not the politics and we're a united delegation," said Rep. Gerald Connolly, ( D) District 10.
The Springfield location is next to I-95 and the former Springfield Mall that's being rebuilt. It's also adjacent to a federally-owned GSA warehouse, which contains security-related materials.
"As long as it's a fair and above board process I am sure the FBI will chose Virginia as its location," said Senator Mark Warner.
It's near the Springfield Metro and VRE stations, and FBI employees will be able to use the new Express Lanes now under construction to get to Quantico where the FBI lab is located.It's the same site that was pitched for the BRAC realignment six years ago, but now, the GSA warehouse doesn't have to move or even be included in the project.
That's because a public-private partnership is being proposed.
Boston Properties is the owner of a 40-acre parcel adjacent to the GSA building and the Northern Virginia Community College Medical Campus on Springfield Center Drive.
The private landowner would likely be able to swap the Springfield land for the FBI's famous Hoover building in D.C.
The Virginia site's major competition is the site in Greenbelt now back by Maryland leaders. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority owns the 78-acre Greenbelt site and would hand it over for the project.
Maryland leaders say their Greenbelt site is the best due to security, transportation, and proximity to its FBI employees.
The Virginia leaders say a majority of FBI employees live in the Commonwealth.
The GSA along with the FBI will make the decision, expected in the coming months.