The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to temporarily move about 1,000 workers into Three White Flint from other locations in Montgomery County, part of a plan that one member of Congress said could save $150 million over the next 15 years.
The FDA will move into four floors in the building this summer and plans to occupy four more floors at 11601 Landsdowne St. in North Bethesda in the spring of 2015, the Washington Business Journal reports.
The moves are an interim step for the FDA while work on its consolidated White Oak campus in Silver Spring is completed. Specifics, including which buildings those workers will move from, are still being worked out with the General Services Administration.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted in December to let the FDA take 186,313 square feet, or about 60 percent, of Three White Flint that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has leased but does not need, the Business Journal says.
Under the terms of the deal, the FDA's rent will be capped at $7.8 million a year, and the NRC will be responsible for paying any rent in excess of that amount. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., estimated the deal will save the government about $150 million over the next 15 years.