NVR Inc. buys in at Westphalia Town Center

It’s too soon to say whether the FBI will pick Westphalia Town Center to be its new headquarters, but if it does, the agency’s employees will have places to live nearby.

Reston-based NVR Inc. has signed on as the first residential homebuilder at Westphalia, a 479-acre mixed-use project being developed near the Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George’s County. NVR has reached a deal to buy 148 townhouse lots there from The Walton Group of Companies, which is developing the project.

Walton announced the deal Friday but did not disclose a sale price.

“Walton is committed to offering a variety of residential properties at Westphalia Town Center, and we’re excited that NVR has chosen to partner with us,” John Vick, president of Walton Development & Management, Eastern USA, said in a statement. “We look forward to announcing additional partnerships in the near future as we work with Prince George’s County to create a vibrant community in Westphalia.”

Walton started construction on the project by Pennsylvania Avenue and Woodyard Road in Upper Marlboro over the summer and expects to wrap up site work on the project’s first 348 townhome lots early next year. The $1.3 billion development is slated to include more than 3.2 million square feet of offices and 1.1 million square feet of shops and restaurants when fully built. First-phase plans call for 348 townhouses, 400 apartments, 500,000 square feet of retail space and a 150-room hotel.

Walton, based in Calgary in Alberta, Canada, acquired the site in February 2012 from Wells Fargo & Co. for $29.5 million after the site’s previous owner defaulted on a loan to finance the project. It is one of several sights being pitched for a potential new FBI headquarters under a search being conducted by the General Services Administration. The GSA received more than three dozen responses to a request for information it issued nearly a year ago and the agency is gearing up to put out a more formal request for proposals.


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