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35 bidding for FBI headquarters

Stafford, Spotsylvania and Caroline counties face more than 30 competitors in their individual bids to become the FBI’s new home. 

The General Services Administration received about 35 submissions from localities and developers interested in hosting the agency’s headquarters. “There is significant interest from the private sector,” a GSA spokesman said in an email.

The FBI’s base is now the deteriorating J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. The GSA asked for candidates for a new headquarters that could include about 2 million square feet of office space and hold about 11,000 workers. Monday was the deadline for submissions.

The GSA has suggested that it could swap the Hoover building for a new headquarters campus. It has said that the ideal site would have up to 55 acres and be close to a Metro station and the Beltway.

Competition has been fierce as localities around all sides of Washington have thrown their names into the hat, including Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford. The GSA is expected to ask for more detailed proposals at some point, though the timing is unclear.

Bill Freehling: 540/374-5405