Two Md. sites finalists for Social Security center
Two Maryland locations have been chosen as finalists for the new location of the Social Security Administration’s National Data Center, members of the state’s congressional delegation said Tuesday.
The General Services Administration has selected sites on Johnnycake Road in Woodlawn and Bennett Creek Boulevard in Urbana as finalists for the data center, which the delegation members said would create up to 250 new jobs. The Social Security Administration is headquartered in Baltimore.
“The decision to build the new National Data Center at one of these two Maryland sites is good for the state and for the mission of the Social Security Administration,” Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski said in a statement.
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin called the center “a priority project for our state.”
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings put in a plug for his district: “Obviously, I believe the Baltimore area has been a fine home for the Social Security Administration, and I would be most happy to see the Data Center remain in Woodlawn.”
Each site will be subjected to an environmental assessment to analyze potential impacts on the surrounding communities, according to the delegation members. The center, which is to be built with federal stimulus funds, will measure approximately 300,000 square feet.