Landover site for FBI headquarters pursued by Lerner Enterprises

LANDOVER, Md. (WJLA) - The long-abandoned former site of the Landover Mall is the latest entrant in the derby to host the new headquarters of the FBI.

The Washington Post reports that Ted Lerner, the developer of the land where the mall once sat, is interesting bringing the FBI to the 88-acre parcel of land, which sits just inside the Capital Beltway at Landover and Brightseat roads.

The proposed complex would also be about 3 miles away from the Landover Metro station.

Following the announcement that Sears, the last tenant and only building still standing at the mall, would close, some local residents say they would welcome the FBI with open arms.

"This side has been vacant and not very much for a long time, so it's time they did something here," Camp Springs resident Michael Williams said. "Whether it's the FBI or another shopping center or whatever, I think it's a nice place."

Despite a Dec. 17 deadline for proposals to the GSA having already passed, the Post says that the GSA has not publicly commented on any of the proposals.

Officials with Lerner's company say that the bid was submitted before that deadline.

The Lerner family submitted the proposal after narrowly losing a bid for this site to house a new $645 million health center. That project was awarded in August to an area near Largo Town Center.

Prince George's County and it's county executive, Rushern Baker, have long had their hearts set on landing the FBI. Baker has publicly supported a proposal to bring the agency to a complex in Greenbelt.

Meanwhile, officials in Virginia have strongly pushed for the FBI to relocate to a complex in Springfield. In December, the District of Columbia's deputy mayor said in a letter that potential sites in the city were likely to be eliminated from contention.