Agency scouts new offices

Prince George's County could get its first state department


Officials with the Maryland Department of Planning, which also includes the Maryland Historical Trust, are looking for offices in Prince George's County, officials said last week.

The move, if the General Assembly votes to provide money for it this session, would make the department the first state office to have its headquarters in the county.

"The Prince George's leadership is very, very anxious to locate a state agency in the county," said Secretary Audrey Scott of the Department of Planning. "They want to benefit from ... the revitalization that we could bring to Prince George's County."

The General Assembly voted last session to fold the Historical Trust, which is located in Crownsville and employs about 90 people, into the Department of Planning. The department has offices in Baltimore and a staff of 110.

Both groups cannot fit in the Baltimore office, so a search is under way to find a 43,000-square-foot facility with access to mass transit. Officials look to lease space in Largo, New Carrollton or Greenbelt.

"The state is in the midst of a competitive procurement, and we cannot disclose the specific properties that may be under consideration in that process," said Dave Humphrey, spokesman for the Maryland Department of General Services.

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