This Saturday community leaders in Greenbelt will launch a major 3-year effort to create a vision and strategic plan for the future of old Greenbelt. Called the Greener Greenbelt Initiative, the project is a a joint partnership between the city and the Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, with involvement from the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Greenbelt was built in 1937 by the federal government as a New Deal project. Recently, major redevelopment projects at Beltway Plaza, Springhill Lake Apartments, and the Greenbelt Station could transform the town.
The project kicks off this Saturday with an open house at the Roosevelt Center from 10:00 a.m. until 2 p.m. where residents can learn more about the project and how they can get involved in the effort to ensure Greenbelt remains “a national model of an attractive, livable, affordable and healthy community.” The effort will begin with several community events this summer leading up to a design charrette with AIA members in September where architects will work with community members to put ideas to paper. For more information about the project, contact UMD Professor and Greenbelt resident Jim Cohen at jimcohen at umd.edu.