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Neighbors Rail Against Intelligence Community Campus Design

The Washington Post reports on concerns with re-designed campus slated for Sangamore Road federal facility.

Neighbors are voicing concerns with a proposed design for a formerly known as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, that is slated to shift to an intelligence community campus, The Washington Post reports.

NGIA employees recently transferred to Virginia as a part of the federally mandated Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.

The Intelligence Community Campus - Bethesda will be operated by the Defense Intelligence Agency, and proposed changes to the campus, including construction of a parking structure to fit 2200 vehicles, is expected to begin in mid-2012.

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 1,800 to 2,200;
  • Adding queuing space on-site for 40 cars to remove backups onto Sangamore Rd, described as a “significant positive impact on the community,” by planning staff;
  • Security upgrades.

But neighbors are concerned about the mass of the parking structure and possible cutting of trees, the Washington Post reports.

Though it remains unclear who exactly will be housed at the facility, a defense intelligence agency spokeswoman told The Washington Post that employees of the DIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence will work there, and that the National Intelligence University is expected to move there.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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