Two of the final three locations competing for the $2 Billion FBI Headquarters are in Prince George’s County! A decision is expected in November 2016, and whether the choice is Greenbelt or Landover, our County is poised to create a foundation for real progress. In addition to being one of the few locations in our region that meets all the real estate, logistical and security needs of a new FBI headquarters, the Greenbelt site is walkable to Metro, MARC and bus service, very close to the Capital Beltway, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and I-95. What an awesome transit-oriented development opportunity in a County community with an excellent quality of life!
This development project is a sterling example of public-private partnership. The City of Bowie and Prince George’s County created an incentive package that attracted nationally recognized grocer, Harris Teeter as a retail anchor, and Berman Enterprises made Bowie Marketplace a priority on their list of development projects. Redevelopment of the 135,000 square-foot retail center is now underway and will include Harris Teeter, Chick-fil-A, Allure Day Spa, Crescent Beer and Wine, Chipotle, AutoZone, Petco, Firehouse Subs, MOD Pizza, Patient First, and Quickway Hibachi among others. Council Member Turner moved legislation through the Council that also permitted Berman to proceed with design and initial development of residential multi-family units as part of the Bowie Marketplace project, pending City and County approvals.
The Bowie State MARC Station Development Project is the outgrowth of the 2010 Approved Bowie State MARC Station Sector Plan which sought to develop a vibrant community center with pedestrian-friendly streets and a small “college town” character. This 94-acre transit-oriented development site (from the greater 219-acre County owned property) is bordered by the Bowie MARC Station, MD 197 and Bowie State University. In addition to featuring mixed-uses of neighborhood retail, housing and inviting public spaces within walking distance of the transit station, the Bowie MARC Station Project will create significant economic opportunities to tap into the unmet demand driven by its location near Bowie State University and to support the surrounding Bowie community.
In 2015, Council Member Todd M. Turner, working with Council Members Dannielle Glaros and Andrea Harrison, led a renewed emphasis on the maintenance and redevelopment of the Glenn Dale Hospital Historic District site, situated on Glenn Dale and Annapolis Roads. In 1994, the State legislature passed a law restricting development of the 60-acre former hospital to a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), but past efforts to sell or develop have been unsuccessful. The County Council, County Executive Rushern Baker, District 24 State Delegation, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), County Redevelopment Authority and citizens have been working to address the existing health and safety conditions of the site and potential redevelopment of the Hospital. The County has worked to determine the market potential for a CCRC and in spring 2016, the process will begin to select a CCRC development team to determine fiscal feasibility for the project.