- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 8, 2005

The FBI says it is searching for a site to build a 1-million-square-foot office complex in Frederick County, Va., to house its records division.

And, it already has chosen a site on which to build a 165,000-square-foot field office called the Northern Virginia Resident Agency.

Together, the two buildings are planned to house up to 1,500 employees. No contract price on the projects was announced.

FBI officials describe the new buildings as a routine real estate deal rather than an anti-terrorism move, like the federal government’s relocation of military bases to suburban areas to be less vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

Nevertheless, the new buildings will be designed with setbacks from the road and other security features to discourage terrorists.

Construction of the FBI’s build-to-suit buildings is being arranged by the General Services Administration (GSA). After they are completed, the FBI will pay rent to the GSA.

The FBI’s records division currently is split between its downtown headquarters and a second building at an undisclosed Northern Virginia site.

“They’re trying to consolidate all that in one location,” said Cathy Milhoan, FBI spokeswoman. “Headquarters is only so big.”

Several sites are being considered for the 1,100-employee building.

“They have no idea where it will be,” Mrs. Milhoan said. “They’re still looking at sites throughout [Frederick] County.”

Frederick County is located in northwest Virginia, about 72 miles west of Washington.

The Northern Virginia Resident Agency, which will be used as an administrative and operations center by the FBI’s local field offices, is planned to be built on 15 acres at University Boulevard and Route 234 in Manassas. It will house 400 employees.

It is being relocated from leased office space at 7799 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church.

“The lease on that building is set to expire in July 2007,” Mrs. Milhoan said.

In other news:

• Thomas M. Stevens, a Realtor in Vienna, Va., last week became the first person from the Washington region since 1933 to head the National Association of Realtors after a vote by the association’s board of directors.

For most of his career, Mr. Stevens worked for Shannon & Luchs, beginning as a sales associate and becoming a division manager within seven years. When the Washington firm was sold, he purchased 11 Coldwell Banker offices to create Coldwell Banker Stevens, Realtors.

• JOSS Realty Partners last week announced it acquired two Washington office buildings, at 1776 Massachusetts Ave. NW and 2131 K St. NW.

The deal marks the entry of the New York firm into the Washington market.

“Our strategy is to target smaller commercial and residential properties in metropolitan markets, where land is scarce, but job growth and demographics are favorable,” said Steve Klein, a principal in the firm.

Tenants of the two Washington buildings include George Washington University, Worldwatch Institute and Princeton Review.

• Property Lines runs on Wednesdays. Please call Tom Ramstack at 202/636-3180 or e-mail [email protected]

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