350 apartments planned near Greenbelt Metro

A developer is seeking County approval of a plan to consolidate three properties into one to build 354 apartments near the Greenbelt Metro Station, according to documents on file with the Prince George’s County Planning Department. For developer NRP Group LLC, a new face in the D.C. development scene, the project is only its second in region. 

The property is located just outside the Beltway at 6400 Cherrywood Lane, near Ivy Lane. Details on the final shape of the plans are scarce right now. So far, the developer has only submitted an application for a preliminary plan of subdivision, a process where property lines are redrawn or consolidated to accomodate new development. In this instance, NRP Group seeks to combine three parcels into one to build the project.

Hyattsville wants brewpub to be less ‘suburban’

Hyattsville City Council seems to like the general idea of a new Orlando-based brewpub chain expanding into the Mall at Prince George’s. However, they don’t like the developer’s less-than-urbanist plans for the site, which is currently the southwest corner of the mall’s parking lot along East West Highway. At its Monday meeting, Hyattsville City Council approved a measure to support – with conditions – a planned Miller’s Ale House at the mall. Those conditions call for the developer to include outdoor seating, bring the building closer to East-West Highway and add a pedestrian plaza, among other similar tweaks. The biggest hitch between the developer, Mall at Prince George’s owner PREIT, and city officials boils down to how the building addresses East-West Highway and conforms to long-term planning goals for the Prince George’s Plaza neighborhood.

College Park’s long election season has begun

Elections in Prince George’s County’s southern Route 1 corridor tend to be small and fast affairs, with short campaign seasons that are active for maybe a month. But in College Park, the largest city along Baltimore Avenue inside the Beltway, the 2019 campaign is already underway, months before voters go to the polls in early November. 

For those used to the pace of a national election cycle, a few months on the local campaign trail might seem like peanuts. But for Maryland’s middling-sized municipalities, shorter elections are the norm. Consider that Hyattsville had a fully-competitive slate of 13 candidates running for five council seats and the mayor’s office, and of those, only one announced their campaign more than six weeks out. In Mount Rainier, the candidate registration and certification deadline is three weeks from election day. 

In College Park, candidates can begin to circulate a petition for candidacy in August.

PSA: Purple Line construction hits Route 1 in a big way this month

It’s finally happening: Purple Line construction will begin to make serious inroads into the Route 1 corridor later this month in College Park, city officials announced July 9. Two lanes will be closed initially on Campus Drive. https://twitter.com/CollegePark_MD/status/1148702228133421063

The lane closures are needed to stage equipment and build tracks for the light-rail line along Campus Drive. Near Rhode Island Avenue, the track will turn into the northern-most limits of the city’s old-town neighborhood, where it will cut south of The Hotel at the University of Maryland along the aptly-named Hotel Drive. From there it will cross Baltimore Avenue and the campus beyond on its way to Bethesda.