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FBI building may be getting a whole new look

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For year's some have considered it an eyesore of the nation's capital.

But now the FBI building may be getting a whole new look.

The federal government says it's considering replacing the massive block building that dominates Pennsylvania Avenue.

In a city of gleaming domes and majestic columns, the FBI headquarters in Washington is never going to win a beauty contest.

Resembling cinderblocks hanging over Pennsylvania Avenue, the 38-year-old building, has long been hammered by architectural critics.

But the J. Edgar Hoover building is finally nearing its end. The General Services Administration, which is in charge of federal buildings, is looking to trade the FBI building to private developers.

In exchange that developer would build a new FBI building somewhere in the D.C. region.

D.C. congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton says D.C. sites are in the running for the new FBI building.

While Maryland and Virginia will also try to land the new FBI headquarters, she prefers a D.C. site.

"They don't want to move far from Washington. This is one agency that needs to be very close to the centers of power and the congress and, of course, the White House," said Norton.

If the behemoth were to come down, planners see condos, shops, and offices rising in its place.

Dan Tangherlini, acting administrator of GSA, told FOX 5 "an exchange of the FBI headquarters not only saves money, but also promotes efficiency by consolidating staff into a single state of the art facility."


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