Lerner, founded by Washington Nationals owner Ted Lerner, is one of several bidders that submitted offers to the General Services Administration as part of a request for expressions of interest. The deadline for that was Dec. 17. The GSA, the federal government’s real estate arm, has not released details of those submissions.
“With Sears closed the confusion that existed as to the availability of the entire site should be eliminated,” Gottlieb wrote in his email. “We would hope to attract a major user or users to the site possibly the FBI. In that regard we have submitted the site to the GSA.”
“We will proceed with clearing the site to make the market place aware that the entire parcel is available for immediate development,” he wrote. “We plan to aggressively pursue the FBI as well as any other credible opportunities that may present themselves.”
The mall site is one of three potential locations that have emerged in Prince George’s County, with others including a spot adjacent to the Greenbelt Metro and in Westphalia.Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker supports the Greenbelt site, where the FBI would anchor a larger transit-oriented development. Aubrey Thagard, economic adviser to Baker, said he has not seen Lerner’s submission and could not comment directly on it. But he said his preference is still with Greenbelt because it would do more than just bring jobs to the county.
“From our perspective, we still maintain Greenbelt Metro is the best location for the place of the FBI for a number of reasons,” Thagard said. “I think the county executive has always been consistent and clear that we want the FBI in Prince George’s County.”
Several sites in Virginia are also likely in the running.