PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA-A commitment from the Prince William County Board of Supervisors has paved the way for the development of a facility to serve as the new site of the FBI’s Northern Virginia Resident Agency. Signing an assignable option agreement, the board committed to selling a 15-acre parcel of land in the county’s in Innovation@Prince William Technology Park to the US General Services Administration, moving along plans for the new 199,100-sf office structure.

Currently the Northern Virginia Resident Agency makes its home in nearby Fairfax County. The GSA will spend just over $2.6 million to acquire the parcel, which constitutes just a fraction of the land contained within the 1,600-acre business park, and an additional $30 million will be invested to construct the new building.

The FBI’s new digs will sit at a three-road intersection involving Highway 234, University and Discovery boulevards, which has not yet been built. The transfer of the property is expected to be officially complete by June 2006, soon after which the GSA will turn the property over to a yet-to-be chosen private developer that will build the structure and, upon its completion, lease the class A office space back to the GSA for the FBI’s use.

“This is the first major GSA announcement in Prince William County and continues our path from being a bedroom community for the federal government to being a place of employment for both the public and private sectors,” says Sean T. Connaughton, board chairman of the Prince William County Department of Economic Development. As for further details on the building, the federal property will be designed to adhere to new FBI and US Department of Defense standards regarding facility security. The building will sit 100 yards away from the street and will be absent of parking underneath the office structure. GSA officials expect the property to be ready for occupancy by the end of 2007.

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