ROCKVILLE, Md--By the year 2003, the FDA hopes to be settled into
its new 539-acre home in Clarksburg, Md, a small farming community
about 15 miles north of the agency's main Rockville headquarters.
The project should receive final approval in June after completion
of an environmental impact study, and construction is scheduled
to begin next year. More than 6,000 FDA workers, now scattered
among dozens of sites, will move to the Clarksburg campus. Access
will be from an existing interstate highway, but the new site
will not be near public transportation.