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$300 Million Bethesda Intelligence Campus Plan Advances

Alex Constantine - October 16, 2012

By Daniel J. Sernovitz

Washington Business Journal,  October 8, 2012

The National Capital Planning Commission has approved final details of the first phase of a $300 million intelligence campus being developed at the former National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency headquarters in Bethesda though additional details and plans still need to be worked out there.

NCPC Executive Director Marcel Acosta signed off on final portions of the project’s first phase Sept. 28 including landscaping, site security and lighting for the multi-building project at 4600 Sangamore Road. The commission previously voted July 12 to approve the project on the condition that Acosta review the additional details.

The Army Corps of Engineers is working with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to develop the 40-acre site following National Geospatial-Intelligence’s relocation to Fort Belvoir in September 2011. The project is being developed in two phases. Work is now underway for the northern 12 acres, to be followed by a second phase which still needs to be approved by the planning commission. The Army Corps expects to start renovating the southern portion of the campus in spring 2013.

When developed, the site will be home to roughly 3,000 employees from the federal government’s intelligence gathering agencies, including DIA.


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