The FBI is moving its national headquarters from Washington, D.C., to Greenbelt, Maryland, according to The Washington Post.
Maryland leaders had been pushing federal officials to choose the Prince George’s County location for several years, saying it would be an investment in the historically underfunded and predominantly Black community.
The new complex will be located on a 61-acre plot near the Greenbelt Metro Station, The Washington Post reported. The headquarters would be surrounded by apartments, a hotel and retail stores that could potentially enrich the county by billions of dollars.
Washington, D.C., leaders had been advocating for the headquarters to remain in the city and Virginia officials had lobbied for the headquarters to be built in Springfield, Virginia.
A statement from Maryland lawmakers including Gov. Wes Moore, Rep. Steny Hoyer and Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks celebrated the selection of Greenbelt as the new headquarters.
“We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure the FBI has the best possible headquarters in the quickest timeframe so that we can facilitate a smooth transition to Prince George’s County,” the statement said. “We look forward to building a strong, productive partnership with the Bureau and its staff.”
Last year, the College Park City Council endorsed the FBI relocating its headquarters to Greenbelt.
“Selecting the Greenbelt metro station for the new FBI headquarters will make an important statement that the Biden Administration prioritizes equity in making agency location decisions,” a letter from the council on Sept. 6, 2022 said.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story’s photo showed the Washington, D.C., FBI Field Office. This story’s photo has been updated.