Begins Soon; Transit-Oriented Development Delivers Federal Jobs to County
The Prince George’s County Council welcomes an
important new neighbor. The United
States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) headquarters, an agency of
the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is relocating from multiple lease
locations in Washington, D.C., to its new, soon-to be-built site near the
Branch Avenue Metro in Camp Springs, one of our County’s most important
transit-oriented development communities.
The decision to choose Prince George’s County as
its next home, with a commitment to a 15-year lease, will centralize this
federal agency’s headquarters for the first time in USCIS history. Construction is slated for completion in
Fiscal Year 2020.
This week, my Council colleagues and I participated
in the agency’s ceremonial groundbreaking, formally announcing the construction
of this $256 million project that will boost Prince George’s County’s regional
competitiveness to create jobs and grow the economy. What a privilege to be in this incredible
This project portends remarkable things for Prince
George’s County, the growing and thriving community of Camp Springs, and our
region. The USCIS headquarters
relocation brings 3,700 new federal employees, who will benefit from their
proximity to the Branch Avenue Metro, and new housing and retail amenities in
the neighborhood. Given the magnitude of
this project, there were a few fits and starts, but in a reaffirmation of our
shared commitment to create transit-oriented opportunities, the County emerged
The transit-oriented site that struggled with the
impact of the Great Recession just a few years ago, is now primed to become a
major economic destination for a major federal agency. This Council is filled with hope, excitement
and certainty about our County’s future and we are grateful to everyone –
federal, local and community partners - who set out on the path that brought us to
success. We look forward to continuing
our work together, and to welcoming the new federal occupants at One Town
Center at Camp Springs.
I salute the leadership and tenacity of my Council
colleagues and County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. We have worked hard together and it is
certainly appropriate to celebrate how far we have come, but our journey is not
over. There are at least 15 places
across Prince George’s County, where transit-oriented economic development and
projects like USCIS can happen.
Congratulations Prince George’s County! The best is yet to come.