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Why FBI’s Departure from Pennsylvania Avenue Would Boost Region

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The demolition of the Hoover Building would create $28 million in additional tax revenue for Washington D.C. and provide much needed aesthetic relief for people who have to see the hulking building every day, the Washington Post wrote in an editorial today.

The move to another building also makes sense regionally, the Post argued. It would bring about 11,000 jobs – about half of which are scattered across various buildings in the District and Virginia – to one building.

“Consolidating them in a modern facility is important for an agency that has grown fast since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks,” the Post wrote. “Given the land requirements for a new headquarters — at least 40 acres — suburban sites with access to Metro are the logical place to look.”

 

FBI’s Hoover Building “Bursting at Seams”

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has swelled so much in size since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that the D.C. headquarters is bursting at the seams.

The Government Accountability Office has determined that FBI headquarters at the J. Edgar Hoover Building is deteriorating and in need of repair, much of attributable to staff growth since Sept. 11, says a blog post from the Washington Post. The Announcement on Tuesday said the FBI is in need of a new headquarters.

Before Sept. 11, 9,700 headquarters staffers worked at seven locations; now there are about 17,300 employees and contractors at 40 sites across the nation, 22 in the Washington area, according to the Post.

“A new consolidated FBI headquarters facility is urgently needed and we view this as one of our highest priorities for the foreseeable future,” FBI Assistant Deputy Director T.J. Harrington wrote in the report.

The report also noted long standing concerns about the Hoover building’s security. While vehicle barriers and a dry mote protect the building, the building is bounded closely on all sides by busy DC streets–9th, 10th and E Streets and Pennsylvania Ave.

Four potential responses were given: remain in the Hoover building and take no action; renovate the Hoover building and consolidate leases on other FBI buildings; demolish and rebuild the Hoover building at the same site; or build a new headquarters at a completely new location.

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