The Metro stop was a crucial factor in the Bureau of Alcohol,Tobacco and Firearms' decision to relocate its headquarters to thearea, now filled with vacant lots and derelict warehouses.Developers and property owners in the area say the ATF announcementgave a huge boost to development, which high-tech companies arepioneering. XM Satellite Radio has moved into the neighborhood, andQwest Communications has leased space nearby.

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Rep. Ernest J. Istook Jr., chairman of the House AppropriationsSubcommittee on the District, said the vote didn't compromisefunding for the Metro stop or any DC government operations.

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Doug Jemal, who is redeveloping a warehouse into an officebuilding at New York and Florida Avenues, said he believes Congresswill eventually fund the project. "I think it's going to get there.It's fair, amicable and it will benefit everybody. It makes nosense for it not to happen," he says.

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