Fairfax County officials may have lined up behind the idea of trying to lure a new consolidated headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to Springfield, thinking federally owned warehouses located near Interstate 95, close to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station, offers them their best shot to top offers from Maryland and the District.
But the competition among the developers there could prove just as fierce.
Some of the most established, savvy and deep-pocketed developers in the Washington area have land holdings in the center of Springfield, and they all have experience with major projects in downtown D.C., where the J. Edgar Hoover Building site is considered one of the best development sites to become available in decades. The GSA has proposed trading the Hoover site for a new FBI headquarters.
Boston Properties is a titan of Washington real estate development, having built projects for Bechtel Corp., National Public Radio and top law firms. In all, it owns 47 projects in the area totaling more than 10 million square feet — including the planned Springfield Metro Center office complex, totaling about 500,00 square feet in two buildings next to the warehouses.