TOD: Branch Ave Metro and Largo Town Center (Demo)

GSA and WMATA/Metro preliminary agreement may bring federal agency to Branch Avenue,
Metro owns 33 acres of land (see PGC Blog post on Downtown Prince George’s HERE) at the Branch Avenue metro station so an agreement between WMATA/Metro and GSA would bring money to Metro and hopefully spur some transit oriented, revenue generating development in the Branch Avenue area.  From the Washington Post,Metro and the General Services Administration have mapped out an agreement that officials say could lead to the relocation of a federal agency to the Branch Avenue Metro station, a potential spur to redevelopment in southern Prince George’s County.  The agreement would allow the GSA, which manages real estate decisions for most federal agencies, to consider Metro-owned land at the Branch Avenue station for future federal offices.  
Green Line Metro TrainAubrey Thagard, Prince George’s County assistant deputy chief administrative officer for economic development, called the move ‘preliminary’ but said the Baker administration was eager to support efforts to bring federal agencies to its Metro stations.  Among the possible roles for the county, he said, would be building parking garages at the site to make up for lost surface parking. ‘The county absolutely will jump in when it is time. We want to be a partner in the process,’ he said.”  So it looks like a win-win for Metro.  Thagard, Baker et. al. need to get some buy in from businesses in order to make this generate revenue for the county.
The BoulevardSpeaking of drumming up business for generating revenue, the Prince George’s County Council and the Prince George’s County Planning Board of the  MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION invite you to participate in a joint public hearing on the Preliminary Largo Town Center Sector Plan and proposed sectional map amendment.  This preliminary plan and proposed map amendment encompass areas bounded by the Capital Beltway (I-95/I-495), Landover Road (MD 202), the southwest boundary of the Woodview Village subdivision, Campus Way North, Lake Arbor Way, Landover Road (south of Lake Arbor Way), and Central Avenue (MD 214).  The public hearing is part of a process leading to the approval of a new sector plan and SMA.
If you live or own a business owner in this sector area, please note: IMPORTANT NOTICE TO RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES, AND PROPERTY OWNERS:  The hearing is important to persons owning land within the sector planning area because the plan establishes policies that will help define the type, amount, character, and location of future development. Approval of a new sectional map amendment could result in rezoning of your property, which could then affect your property values and your tax liability. For further information, please contact William Washburn, Project Manager, Prince George’s County Planning Department,Community Planning Division, at 301-952-4225 or e-mail at
exclamation markTuesday, July 16, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.
Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for participants to view exhibits and talk with planning staff.
Council Hearing Room
First Floor, County Administration Building
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772
Copies of the preliminary sector plan and proposed sectional map amendment are available at no cost at the following locations:  Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane Largo, MD 20774; Phone: 301-336-4044  TTY: 301-808-2061
Office of the Clerk of the County Council, County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Room 2198 Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772; Phone: 301-952-3600
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission County Administration Building 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Planning Information Services, Lower Level, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772; Phone: 301-952-3208
Individual speakers and representatives from a group or groups will be limited to three minutes. Persons desiring to speak may register in advance or fill out a registration card available that night at the hearing site. Written testimony and/or exhibits will be accepted in lieu of, or in addition to, oral testimony. To be accepted into the record, written testimony or comments must be original, signed copies. E-mails or faxes will not be considered unless followed by originals mailed to the Clerk of the Council. Written comments may be submitted until the close of business on July 31, 2013, to the Clerk of the County Council, County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772.

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