10:43 PM EDT, September 19, 2011
The state is planning a new building in Prince George's County to house the state Department of Housing and Community Development, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Monday.
The agency, which employs 385 workers, will move from Crownsville to New Carrollton next fall, O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said.
The new building, to be called Metroview, is to be built near the Orange Line and the proposed Purple Line of the Washington Metro.
O'Malley called it a "modern investment" that will "allow us to do the right thing for reducing traffic and sprawl, the right thing for our quality of life, and the right thing for our land, our water, and our air."
Metroview is to be developed by Carl Williams of Grand Central Development, the governor's office said.
The announcement follows years of lobbying by the Prince George's County lawmakers for a state agency. O'Malley said during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign that the Housing and Community Development would move to the county.
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