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Gray Supports FBI Relocation to Southeast

2/22/2013, 1:08 p.m.

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray wants the FBI to relocate to Southeast D.C. near the Anacostia metro station in a few years when the agency leaves the dilapidated J. Edgar Hoover building in downtown.

FBI officials are looking to make the move from the 900 block of Pennsylvania Ave. in Northwest, across the river after citing poor conditions at the current location. Reports further state that the FBI's new home needs to be near a Metro site, but that the transit agency shouldn't become involved in the debate.

"We really do not pick sides when it comes to this stuff," Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said in a recent interview.

In addition to the District, Maryland -- which expressed interest for the bureau's relocation to Prince George's County two years ago -- and Virginia are also hoping to attract the FBI.

According to reports, the bureau's move to Southeast -- in the vicinity of I-295 and the Anacostia River -- would appear to have several advantages, including that the site would comply with criteria listed by both the FBI and the General Services Administration.

The 110-acre waterfront property which is already owned by the federal government, would also offer easy highway access.