Statements from Chairman

Posted on: August 31, 2017

CHAIR DAVIS SAYS COUNCIL APPLAUDS $256 MILLION, 15-YEAR FEDERAL LEASE AWARD TO PRINCE GEORGE'S

The Prince George’s County Council is elated by the announcement that the General Services Administration (GSA) has finalized the lease for the relocation of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) headquarters to the County’s developing Town Center at Camp Springs, near the Branch Avenue Metro station.

Prince George’s County is an ideal location for federal installations. While we celebrate the USCIS lease, the Council continues to advocate for the relocation of the FBI headquarters to one of the two excellent site options in Prince George’s County - Greenbelt or Landover.

In addition to giving our County yet another economic success to celebrate, the GSA decision to commit to this $256.6 million, 15-year lease, saves the federal government millions of dollars in leasing costs, and reduces the agency’s footprint with consolidation of the current five separate locations.

The USCIS headquarters will be built amidst one of the County’s most promising and growing transit-oriented development communities. This Council has measured the important benefits of Transit-Oriented Development, and remain committed to developing areas around the County’s 15 Metro stations. The Branch Avenue Metro Station area is among the County’s top priorities for future economic development.

We are excited for the many job opportunities this project will bring to County residents, and we look forward to welcoming nearly 4,000 federal employees to wonderful places to live, a world-class workspace and convenient access to high-quality amenities.

The Town Center offers housing with a host of amenities and vibrant, walkable communities, great restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Nearly all the apartment homes in the first of two-planned luxury residential buildings at the Town Center have been leased, and the coveted living space in the second building is expected to go just as quickly.

Prince George’s County is eager and ready to receive the new federal occupants at One Town Center in the year 2020.


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