Transit Oriented Development and Job Loss (Demo)

Well it looks like those casino jobs can’t come fast enough because as many as 450 jobs in Prince George’s County could be lost as a result of Computer Sciences Corp. losing a contract with the dreaded IRS.  On the upswing, there is progress on the transit oriented development front with the scheduled groundbreaking for The Apollo Residences in Camp Springs near the Branch Avenue metro and major interest from developers for the Morgan Boulevard station.  All I can say is this: DON’T MESS THIS UP OFFICIALS AND POLITICIANS!!!  Don’t let developers throw up some rickety ratched junk buildings that will be structurally and architecturally moot in 5 years.  Make sure these projects are quality and yes, price them reasonably but not cheaply.  As my Daddy used to say, people will take care of the things they have to pay for.  We the citizens will be watching, attending sessions, and commenting.  And oh yeah, we will be voting.
Branch Avenue MetroThe groundbreaking for The Apollo Residences at Town Center at Camp Springs, takes place on Thursday, November 7, from 10am-11:30am. The groundbreaking will take place at the intersection of Auth Way and Britania Way.  The Apollo Residences at Town Center at Camp Springs are a Class A new construction of 417 market rate units located adjacent to WMATA’s Green Line Branch Avenue Metro Station.  Peter N.G. Schwartz Management Company, Inc. is the developer of this project and the Facchina Group is the builder.  Located in a sustainable community in Councilman Mel Franklin‘s District 9, this project includes more than 10,000 square feet of luxury project-based lifestyle amenities set to open summer 2015.  This is construction in the right direction.
Morgan Blvd Development SiteFrom the Washington Post: In an effort to take advantage of some of the boom in development near public transit, Metro launched a search Monday for companies interested in building on properties the transit agency owns at five of its stations: Brookland, Navy Yard, Fort Totten, Grosvenor-Strathmore and Morgan Boulevard.  The largest of the properties, 37 acres at the Morgan Boulevard station in Landover, is one stop from where Maryland and Prince George’s County officials are planning a $645 million regional hospital campus.  According to Stanley Wall, Metro director of real estate and station planning, the Morgan Boulevard property received an unsolicited development proposal and Wall said he wanted to take advantage of the interest.  
Computer Sciences CorporationAs a result of losing its federal contract with the Internal Revenue Service (how I loathe them but let me not say that too loudly or they’ll come after me), Falls Church, Va.-based Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) told county officials last week that it would vacate most of its office space after its 15-year contract with the Internal Revenue Service expired in the spring.  Our newspaper The Informer reported that Computer Sciences Corp. occupied a 325,000-square-foot building near Route 450 overlooking the Capital Beltway.  “CSC has had a 15-year contract that supported our employees at our New Carrollton location and, like any federal contract, there is a big ramp-up of employees at the beginning,” company spokesman Marcel Goldstein told the Washington Post.  It is uncertain how many employees could lose their jobs or if they would be transferred to other locations in the region. CSC has been trimming its workforce over the past year and a half, slashing 17 percent of its workforce, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

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