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County Exec: Fed Decision Not to Tap Prince George’s County ‘Extremely Disappointing'

A decision by the federal government to keep a major department’s offices in another county won’t deter Prince George’s, an official says.

The federal government’s decision to turn down three Prince George’s County property sites as locations for the Department of Health and Human Services is “extremely disappointing,” according to a statement by County Executive Rushern Baker’s office.

The federal General Services Administration announced that Rockville will continue to be the location for major offices of HHS.

Baker based a large part of his campaign for county executive on expanding the tax base in the county by attracting more federal agencies and corporations into office space.  Attracting more high-end employers to the county would help spur economic development and increase commercial tax revenues, Baker has said in the past.

“Prince George’s County has consistently been overlooked when it comes to placing federal office tenants,” Baker spokesperson Scott Peterson said in a statement released Wednesday. “To date, Prince George’s County is home to over one-fourth of the region’s federal workforce but only 3 percent of federal office space leased in the region.”

Prince George’s County had offered three potential locations at Metro stations in Largo, New Carrollton and Hyattsville.

“Despite this disappointing news, Prince George’s County is now more determined than ever to attract federal tenants to our county,” the statement said. “While we congratulate (Executive) Ike Leggett and Montgomery County, we will aggressively pursue any and all opportunities to gain federal tenants that match our goals for development.”

According to the Gazette, the GSA announced HHS would elect to remain in the Parklawn Building, which will undergo $100 million in renovations.

Jon March 17, 2011 at 02:41 AM
It was the Prince George's Plaza Metro station in Hyattsville; there is no such "Hyattsville" station.
Joe March 17, 2011 at 11:56 AM
Not West Hyattsville station?
Sarah Nemeth March 17, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Hi Jon and Joe: I'm not sure which station the writer meant. I'll check and get back to you as soon as I know more. Thanks for your comments! Sarah
Sarah Nemeth March 17, 2011 at 07:15 PM
Jon and Joe -- The writer said the station wasn't specified. I'm going to look into it more. Sarah
Adelphi Sky March 19, 2011 at 03:23 AM
The spot was the parking lot on Belcrest Road which was supposed to be phase II of University Town Center. Blumberg was fighting for DHHS to locate there. There are already other ferderal offices at University Town Center. The lease would have shot life back into UTC as restail space is still unoccupied and a few retailers have closed shop.
Albert Van Thournout August 03, 2011 at 12:18 AM
That Prince George's County has such a dismal record of politcal leadership and downright corruption did not benefit us, I'm sure. I am happy for the election Rushern Baker and hope he can change this atmosphere. I sense he is deeply committed to just that. Unfortunately he follows on one of the most wretched periods of politcal chicanery and downright corruption in our history.
MAH 1464 August 04, 2011 at 03:28 PM
I do believe you sir are correct, politcal leadership has been a joke in the County for decades. The whole county has turned into a Giant mess. Thanks to the gumbmint and the people who live here.

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