FBI breaks ground at Woodlawn site for its new division headquarters

April 03, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

FBI officials in Baltimore broke ground yesterday for a new home for the bureau's Maryland field division, an $11.2 million building that is expected to be roughly three times the size of the agency's Woodlawn offices.

Special Agent in Charge Gary M. Bald said the added space is needed because the FBI office has steadily expanded its work force and responsibilities since it moved to a 50,000-square-foot office on Ambassador Road in 1972.

The new 164,000-square-foot building, on nearby Lord Baltimore Drive, will be built on 10.5 acres in the Windsor Corporate Park. The FBI purchased the land for $3.85 million in February and plans to lease the new building - constructed by The Penrose Corp. of San Diego - for about $5 million a year.

The building, expected to be completed in June of next year, will serve as headquarters for the FBI's Maryland-Delaware field division, which includes about 200 special agents and 150 support service employees.

Bald said the Maryland division employs about 50 more agents and 80 more support workers than it did when the bureau opened its current offices three decades ago. He said that agents have to work from six off-site facilities, which will be consolidated in the new building.

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