$75,000 College Park Grant Brings Shop Made in D.C. to New City Hall

College Park will give a $75,000 grant to help a retailer build a store in its new, soon-to-open mixed-use City Hall. 

A large suburban strip mall is seen from above, at an angle. A sidewalk of street-facing retail, including a Shoe Show store, can be seen across a small two-lane circulator roadway.

Phase One of Beltway Plaza Redevelopment Takes Shape

Detailed plans for an ambitious redevelopment of Beltway Plaza will soon be weighed by the Prince George’s County Planning Board. If approved, construction at the site could begin within a year. 

The six phase redevelopment would eventually demolish the mall and add between 875 and 2,250 multi-family husing units and would replace the 800,000 square-foot central mall with between 435,000 and 700,000 square feet of commercial retail space. 

The first phase calls for the construction of a three multifamily apartment buildings with a total of 750 units, a 92-room hotel and a 27,000 square foot recreation center. The last time we heard about this project, the mall’s ownership group — Silver Spring-based Quantum Cos.  — was soliciting feedback on the finer details of their detailed site plans. A diagram shows a proposed overhead layout for a six-phase redevelopment of Beltway Plaza in Greenbelt.

Crucially for any retailers inside the mall: the current mall structure will not be touched during the first phase of the redevelopment. Rather, the first phase is focused on a sparsely-used parking lot on the northern side of the mall, fronting Breezewood Drive. 

The plans recently received the conditional blessing of the Greenbelt City Council, with some reservations from City Council members, according to the Greenbelt News Review. 

The project goes before the Prince George’s County Planning Board at its Sept.

Mystery industrial plans emerge for College Park site

At least two industrial development projects are interested in buying the Stone Straw site in northern College Park, according to city officials. Further details remain a mystery, save one: a proposal to build a fish processing plant on the site, first revealed in 2020, seems to be dead.

Downtown College Park retail could become 175-unit mid-rise apartment building

A prime downtown College Park block could transform from a single-story strip of retail to a mid-rise multi-story mixed-use apartment complex, but only if the developer’s rezoning dreams come true. The developer in question is Richard Greenberg’s Greenhill Companies, whose subsidiaries Terrapin Main Street LLC and Carrol Investors have assembled a block of adjoining properties on the southeastern corner of Baltimore Avenue and Hartwick Road. Under Greenberg’s conceptual plans, the 17,000 square-foot site would be redeveloped with 13,000 feet of ground floor retail topped with 150 to 160 apartments. Greenberg has asked Prince George’s County planning authorities to rezone the entire site to mixed-use-infill. In order to obtain a rezoning, he has to get a conceptual site plan approved.