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Va. governor asks DoD to delay Mark Center move

Apr. 26, 2011 - 09:53PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
Above, an overhead view of the Mark Center construction site in October 2010.
Above, an overhead view of the Mark Center construction site in October 2010. (Marc Barnes / Army Corps of Engineers)

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday the Defense Department should delay the move of 6,400 employees to a new facility in Alexandria, Va.

In an interview with radio station WTOP, McDonnell said that the traffic situation is "pretty tough right now" and that it would take years to complete an environmental study and the construction of new ramps to Interstate 395.

Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., and others http://blogs.federaltimes.com/federal-times-blog/2010/08/19/moran-brac-move-would-snarl-nova-traffic/">have led the charge against the Mark Center, a $1 billion facility that will consolidate multiple Defense Department offices into a single location.

Last week, a Defense Department inspector general report said the Army failed to use realistic data to determine traffic impacts and suggested a new study.

Moran has called for affected parties to file a lawsuit and said the Defense Department had violated the law by not conducting a credible environmental impact assessment.

In the interview with WTOP, McDonnell said he would not join in a lawsuit, but would instead send a letter to the Defense Department that would show his concerns about the Base Realignment and Closure move.

The Army has a Sept. 15 deadline to move into the Mark Center.

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