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Two Prince George’s County sites are among the three sites announced by the General Services Administration, or GSA, as possible sites for a new FBI headquarters.

State and county officials are scheduled to a press conference at 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon in Washington, D.C., to announce the short list selections.

One site is 82-acre site near the Greenbelt Metro station, located near Interstates 95/495 at Exit 24. The other Prince George’s site is an 88-acre location in Landover, the site of the former Landover Mall, and is located near the intersections of Interstates 95/495 and Maryland 202.

The third site is the GSA Franconia Warehouse Complex located near the intersection of Interstate 95 and Franconia Road in Fairfax County, Va., according to a GSA press release.

A final decision on the site is not expected for some time. The GSA will conduct an environmental impact study, referred to as a National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, review, of each of the three sites, which could take up to one to two years, said GSA spokesperson Mafara Hobson.

The GSA will also send out a Request for Proposals, or RFP, seeking developers, from whom it will solicit proposals.

“There’s a second phase of the project that includes a developer selection, so that said this is a process that will be ongoing,” Hobson said.

The new FBI headquarters is expected to bring with it 11,000 jobs and is an estimated $2 billion economic development project.

“We’re very excited. It speaks to what we’ve always said, that Prince George’s County is the place to be,” County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) said Tuesday. “My job as the county executive is to say to the GSA that we’re going to do everything we can to make this work, because the FBI belongs in Maryland.”

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