The Montgomery County Planning Board last week reviewed the master plan for the Sangamore Road federal facility formerly known as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
The 30-acre site will become the “Intelligence Community Campus-Bethesda,” operated by the Defense Intelligence Agency, following the move of NGIA employees to Virginia as a part of the federally mandated Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.
According to the results of a federal environmental impact study on the site, the move to develop the intelligence community campus “supports Congressional desires for a collaborative community environment and the consolidation of an intelligence community facility strategy.”
The Intelligence Community is comprised of 17 intelligence-gathering agencies and organizations.
About 3,000 federal employees—about the same number of employees that worked at NGIA—are expected to work at the campus, according to M-NCPPC. Upgrades at the facility will include:
- Consolidating buildings and adding nearly 150,000 square feet of building space.
- Adding a parking structure and removing surface parking, bumping up the number of on-site spaces from 1800 to 2200.
- Adding queuing space onsite for 40 cars to remove backups onto Sangamore Road, described as a “significant positive impact on the community” by planning staff.
- Security upgrades.
Construction on the south portion of the campus is expected to begin in mid-2012.