Development Activity

Below is a summary of development activities planned or in progress for the northern College Park area, provided courtesy of the City of College Park Department of Planning and Economic Development, with some changes. Updated information is shown in italics.

GATEWAY PARK

The City is looking to convert the old house located at the south-east corner of the Rt 1 and Edgewood Rd. into a park (Hollywood Gateway Park).

Plans Filed

CHINESE BIBLE CHURCH OF COLLEGE PARK

The Chinese Bible Church has filed their Detailed Site Plan to build an addition to their existing church and to expand their parking lot.  The DSP has not been accepted.

GREENBELT SOUTH CORE

Three developers had submitted Detailed Site Plan applications for the South Core — Pulte (DSP included infrastructure for the South Core), Fairfield, and RCP.  While the Pulte and Fairfield DSPs received Planning Board approval, RCP’s plan was never scheduled for a Planning Board hearing.  All three projects, which are located in Greenbelt, are now inactive.   A new developer, Craftstar Homes, has signed a contract to purchase and develop 56 townhouse lots within the Pulte portion of the South Core.  The Craftstar DSP has been submitted and a Planning Board hearing is scheduled for February 11, 2010.

JPI / JEFFERSON SQUARE APARTMENTS EAST

Located on the east side of Baltimore Avenue, between Cherokee Street and Greenbelt Road/University Boulevard, the JPI Jefferson Square Apartment project is defunct.  The property is now under contract with the Rockville-based development company, Patriot Realty.  Patriot may seek revisions to the project’s previously approved Detailed Site Plan or start over.

MAZZA GRANDMARC ROUTE 1 RETAIL

On November 25, 2008 Collegiate Partners filed a Pre-Application Notice for a Detailed Site Plan for the construction of 10,600 retail square feet of space, split between two commercial buildings on Route 1. The developer is requesting an amendment to the conditions of approval found in the District Council’s final order, which may impact the timing of this application.

Approved Detail Site Plan Projects

TOWNEPLACE SUITES BY MARRIOTT

Located at 9620 and 9624 Baltimore Avenue, this Baywood Hotels project will be a 75- room extended stay hotel.  The Planning Board approved the Preliminary Plan of Subdivision for Towneplace Suites on September 8, 2005.  The Planning Board approved the Detailed Site Plan with conditions on September 18, 2008.  The District Council reviewed the Detailed Site Plan on January 12, 2009 and remanded it to the Planning Board.

9909 BALTIMORE AVENUE / HOLLYWOOD STATION

The owner of the property at 9909 Baltimore Avenue filed a Conceptual Site Plan, Preliminarily Plan of Subdivision, and Detailed Site Plan for a 22,000 square foot office building at the northeast corner of Rt. 1 and Edgewood Road.  The Planning Board approved the Preliminary Plan and Conceptual Site Plan on January 25, 2007.  The Planning Board approved the Detailed Site Plan, with conditions, on April 12, 2007.  The District Council heard the Conceptual Site Plan and Detailed Site Plan on June 18, 2007.   The District Council adopted an approval order affirming the Planning Board’s decision, with additional conditions, on September 11, 2007.  The developer is currently pre-leasing for office space.

The developer has not found any tenants. TD Commerce Bank is actively looking to buy Hollywood Station and change this from office use to a bank; no deal has been reached yet. NCPCA has a design committee ready to interface with the new owner.

Under Construction or Recently Completed

MAZZA GRANDMARC APARTMENTS

The developer, Collegiate Hall Properties of Greenville, South Carolina, plans to develop 231 units (630 beds) of graduate student housing with additional commercial space on the Mazza property, west of US Route 1.  In early November of 2008 the developer broke ground for this project.   Collegiate Hall is pre-leasing units at an on-site temporary structure.  The permanent leasing office, unit model, and all amenity areas should be open by mid-January.  The developers report construction is proceeding ahead of schedule with a project completion date of mid-May or sooner. The project’s walking/biking path, which will connect the development to the Paint Branch Trail, is now under construction as well.  The hiker/biker trail has been completed.  Construction is still ahead of schedule and pre-leasing has begun. The retail portion of the project may be revisited.

STARVIEW PLAZA

Originally the developer, Starview Plaza, LLC, proposed the construction a mixed- use development that includes 147 units (550 beds) of student housing, 9,487 square feet of ground floor retail, and a 355 space, integrated parking garage.   The Detailed Site Plan for this project was approved on July 24, 2008 by the Planning Board and on September 9,2008 by the District Council.   The developers proposed adding another 30 housing units (112 beds) be added the project by building an additional story.  In February, the plan amendment to add another 30 units was approved by the County’s Planning Director. The project’s developers have since submitted a revised DSP, which incorporates a new two- part phasing development strategy for the 177 housing unit (662 beds) project.  On November 5, 2009, the Planning Board approved the application and final resolution.   On December 14, 2009 Starview had its official ground breaking for the first phase of the project.  The project is now under construction.

THE VILLAGE AT COLLEGE PARK

Located north of the Beltway on Route 1 in College Park, the Village is a mixed-use development, which includes Camden’s 500- unit apartment complex, townhouses for sale by GBI, Inc., and 40,000+ square feet of commercial office-retail space developed by Road Development.  Current retail tenants include Pearle Vision, Verizon Wireless, Fed Ex Kinko’s, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Starbucks, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Massage Envy, and Essential Spa.  Buffalo Wing Wings, which occupies the southern restaurant pad site opened in March 2009.  A completed Einstein’s Bagels restaurant now occupies the Village at College Park’s northern pad site.   As of September 2009, the residential occupancy rate for the Camden at College Park has surpassed 90%.

Other News

BAYWOOD HOTEL REDEVELOPMENT

Baywood Hotels is planning to redevelop a block on Route 1 currently occupied by three adjacent hotels in North College Park.  The proposed project is located immediately to the north of the defunct JPI Jefferson Square Apartments site.  Current plans call for demolishing the existing Howard Johnson and Days Inn and replace the hotels with a Springhill Suites and a Homewood Suites, but negotiations are ongoing.  The Ramada Inn will be renovated.  Baywood also expects to add a stand-alone retail component to the project.

COLLEGE PERK PROPERTY/COLLEGE PARK KNOLL

The College Perk property, 9078 Baltimore Avenue, is under new ownership.  The owner, Daria Land Group, is expected to submit a Detailed Site Plan to build 50-80 units of market rate or graduate student housing apartments on the site. Parking will be under the building.

WASHINGTON POST PLANT

The Washington Post Plant, located on Greenbelt Road in College Park, closed this summer.  The Post has placed the property on the market with Cushman Wakefield’s Baltimore office.  On January 15, 2009, the University of Maryland confirmed its plans to purchase the Washington Post Plant.

Updated January 28, 2010, with information from the City’s Economic Development Report, dated January 22, 2010, and information from the City Planning Department.

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