A new plan for the FBI headquarters is emerging: The General Services Administration appears to be leaning toward keeping the agency at the site of the J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The GSA is said to have endorsed the current location, across the street from the Trump International Hotel, as its preferred alternative, two sources familiar with the agency’s thinking said. Today is the deadline for the GSA to submit a detailed plan to the Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works on how it expects to restart the search for a new headquarters. The agency scrapped the five-year search started under the Obama administration last summer.

In a statement, a GSA spokeswoman said only that the agency is still finalizing its report to the Senate committee.

The stunning turn of events would be a huge blow to Prince George’s and Fairfax counties, home of the three finalists for the new headquarters before the search was canceled. And while it would keep FBI employees within District limits, it would also end the city’s hope to redevelop the high-profile block. The FBI headquarters has been one of the region’s most-watched and coveted federal procurements in years.

(WBJ)