O'Malley moves state agency to Prince George's
Gov. Martin O'Malley on Friday said he would move the state Department of Housing and Community Development to Prince George's County.
The move appeared aimed at fulfilling a campaign promise O'Malley made to better connect the county to state government. The timing could also help O'Malley in the county, where he may need a strong showing by Prince George's voters in November to win a second term.
O'Malley said the move would relocate more than 300 jobs and bring an "an agency dedicated to neighborhood revitalization closer to one of the population centers it serves most."
The governor said he also hoped it "serves as an example for federal facilities which have long under-utilized available commercial space" in Prince George's.
State officials will work to choose a location for the agency by the end of the year. O'Malley has said he wants the agency to serve as an anchor for transit-oriented development.
It was unclear how much the relocation would cost.
O'Malley predicted it would establish a commercial market for developers, drawing investment in retail and residential space, and creating a greater need for restaurants, retail and other services.
The announcement follows a January report by a task force that recommended moving the agency to Prince George's. That report flowed from an executive order the governor signed last year to formally evaluate locating state office space near transit stations.
Aaron C. Davis
June 18, 2010; 1:25 PM ET
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