By Steve Neavling
The search for a site for a new FBI headquarters may have hit yet another snag after the General Services Administration dramatically increased the number of parking spaces needed.
The Washington Post reports that planning officials are asking the GSA to reconsider its decision to require thousands more spaces than originally planned.
The GSA has narrowed the location of the new headquarters to three sites – at Greenbelt, Springfield or Landover.
The GSA, after reviewing the three sites, dramatically increased the number of parking spaces and said it would not consider proximity to public transportation as a determining factor for choosing the location.
Planning officials said they’re worried about the ramifications of the new parking plan on traffic and the environment.
“I am writing to express concerns about GSA’s approach to parking for the new headquarters, which may have implications for local and regional transportation goals, environmental goals, and overall project costs,” National Capital Planning Commission Executive Director Marcel Acosta wrote to the GSA’s Mary Gibert.