June and July Economic Development Update

Below is a copy of the City of College Park’s Economic Development Update for June and July, containing a summary of active development projects in the city.

Economic Development Update
A monthly update of business and development activity in College Park, Maryland

Prepared by Christopher Warren,
Economic Development Coordinator, July 18, 2008

* INDICATES UPDATED PROJECT INFORMATION

PLANS FILED

GREENBELT STATION*
On June 20, 2006, the District Council reviewed the Greenbelt Station Conceptual Site Plan, and affirmed the Planning Board’s decision with additional conditions. The developer, at the request of the community, conducted a balloon demonstration of building heights on February 17, 2007.

On June 22, 2006, the Planning Board approved with conditions Pulte Homes’ application (Greenbelt Metropark Phase 1) for a Detailed Site Plan for town homes and condos in the South core. The District Council withdrew its election to review the site plan submitted by Greenbelt Metropark.

RCP Development Company, the developer of the remaining portion of the South Core, filed a Pre-Application Notice on April 17, 2007 and a subsequent Notice on June 27, 2007. The preferred location of a pedestrian bridge to connect this project with North College Park was selected by the City Council on July 10, 2007, but remains controversial within the community. Additional Notices were filed on August 29, 2007 and November 5, 2007. The latest application has been filed and accepted. The RCP project will involve the development of 378 multifamily residential units and 60,000 to 80,000 SF of retail space.
The developer recently filed an amendment to the approved Detailed Site Plan for the South Core to realign the trail.

MOSAIC AT TURTLE CREEK*
On September 18, 2006, the District Council approved a Zoning Map Amendment for a University-owned property along Mowatt Lane from R-55 to R-10. The property, also referred to as Buddington North, is located approximately 800 feet southwest of the intersection of Campus Drive and Mowatt Lane. The R 10 zone would allow the developer, Owner Entity Fund II, LLC, to develop intergenerational housing at the site, a concept that builds on the strong attraction that alumni have to their alma mater. The project will have 300 multi-family units. A Preliminary Plan of Subdivision was approved with conditions by the Planning Board on May 31, 2007. A notice of intent to file a Detailed Site Plan was mailed on February 27, 2008. The developer’s Detailed Site Plan has been accepted and the project is tentatively scheduled to be heard by Planning Board on October 2, 2008.

RAYTHEON PARKING DECK
Raytheon filed its Preliminary Plan of Subdivision for this project on April 23, 2008. The project was scheduled to be heard by the Planning Board on May 26th, but the hearing was canceled. Raytheon provided Park and Planning a 70-day extension so the project most likely will be heard by the Planning Board, in September.

STARVIEW PLAZA
On January 20, 2004, the Planning Board approved with conditions the Preliminary Plan of Subdivision for the site of the former Starlight Inn and Terrapin Taco. Star Hotels, Inc. has partnered with Grant Architects to build student housing and retail on the site. The developer intends to pursue LEED certification and has filed a Detailed Site Plan, which will be heard by the Planning board on July 24.

APPROVED PRELIMINARY PLANS

CHINESE BIBLE CHURCH *
On August 27, 2007, the Chinese Bible Church’s Pre-Application Notice was filed for expansion of an existing church. The project is located on the west side of Autoville Drive, approximately 1000’ south of its intersection with Cherry Hill Road. The Planning board approved the Preliminary Plan of Subdivision with conditions on July 3, 2008.

APPROVED DETAILED SITE PLAN PROJECTS

COLLEGE PARK MOTEL/ GARDEN SUITES
The Planning Board approved the vacation of part of an alley on the College Park Motel site at 8419 Baltimore Avenue on June 23, 2005. The Planning Board approved the Detailed Site Plan with conditions on February 15, 2007 and the final resolution on April 19, 2007. On May 14, 2007, the District Council elected to review the Detailed Site Plan. On July 9th, the District Council adopted an order affirming the Planning Board’s decision, with additional conditions. The new hotel will have 50 rooms. The developers of the project have applied for permits and hope to break ground by the end of the year.

DOWNTOWN PARKING GARAGE AND REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT*
The garage will be located at the corner of Knox Road and Yale Avenue. This garage will have 300 parking spaces and 5,800 square feet of retail. The Pre-Application Notice for this project was filed on August 8, 2007. On November 6th the Detailed Site Plan application was filed and accepted by M-NCPPC. The Planning Board approved garage and redevelopment project with conditions on January 24, 2008. Construction is expected to begin in June. The city is currently looking for between one and four tenants. The city had a ground- breaking ceremony on June 19, 2008 and expects to start construction soon.

FAIRFIELD
Fairfield Residential, who has proposed multi-family residential in the South Core, had its application for a Detailed Site Plan approved with conditions by the Planning Board on July 27, 2006. The District Council reviewed the Site Plan submitted by Fairfield on April 9, 2007. On June 5, 2007 the District Council referred this item to staff for preparation of an approval order. District Council adopted an approval order affirming the Planning Board’s decision, with additional conditions on July 23, 2007.

JEFFERSON SQUARE APARTMENTS AT COLLEGE PARK
On October 26, 2006, the Planning Board approved with conditions the reconsideration of JPI’s preliminary plan of subdivision and the revised Detailed Site Plan for 160 multi-family units and 45 town homes as well as 41,540 SF of retail. The District Council reviewed JPI’s Detailed Site Plan and issued a preliminary notice of conditional zoning approval on April 17, 2007. JPI is working to certify its Detailed Site Plan and has submitted its application for building permits. JPI hopes to break ground this fall.

JEFFERSON AT COLLEGE PARK WEST
JPI has filed a Detailed Site Plan application for the assembled Hillcrest Hotel and Lasicks site.
The proposal includes 220 residential units, 25,000 square feet of retail. The Planning Board held a hearing for the project on September 6, 2007, which was continued to the following week. On September 13, 2007 the Planning Board approved the project with conditions. A mandatory review by the District Council was held on November 5, 2007. On November 19, 2007 the District Council issued a Final Order with conditions. The order was accepted by the developer on February 19, 2008. JPI is working to certify its Detailed Site Plan and anticipates breaking ground in May 2009.

MAZZA GRANDMARC APARTMENTS
The District Council adopted a revised order affirming the Planning Board’s decision, with additional conditions, on July 9, 2007. The developer, Collegiate Hall Properties of Greenville, South Carolina, plans to develop 231 units of graduate student housing with additional commercial space on the Mazza property, west of US Route 1 and Hollywood Road. The Planning Board approved the applicant’s request for a vacation of right-of-way on December 20, 2007. Collegiate Hall plans to break ground in August, begin construction by the end of year, and complete their project by the beginning of the 2010 school year.

M SQUARE, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND RESEARCH PARK*
5850 UNIVERSITY RESEARCH COURT
The 120,000 SF, 5850 University Research Court project is expected to break ground before the end of the year and take approximately a year to complete. This will be the second M Square building constructed by Manekin and leased by the NAI Michael Company. The project is currently a 100% pre-leased and the asking rents will be $30-$32, full service. The developer has filed an amendment to the approved Detailed Site Plan for the second office building, which will be reviewed at the Planning Director level.

NORTHGATE CONDOMINIUMS
The Planning Board approved a Detailed Site Plan with conditions for Northgate Condominiums on June 22, 2006. The project will be located at 8430 Baltimore Avenue and will consist of 204 condominiums with 5,670 square feet of retail. The Mark Vogel Companies, the project applicant, sold the property to “Mr. Northgate I LLC” for $4.2 million in December 2006. Certification of the Detailed Site Plan has been stalled by a finding of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of a presumed hazard to air navigation based on the height of the building. Monument Realty appealed the FAA decision and received a new ruling lowering the height of the building by 30 feet. According to Monument Realty, they are looking to convert their project to student housing due to the softening of condo market.

TOWNPLACE SUITES BY MARRIOTT*
Baywood Hotels has filed a Detailed Site Plan for a 75-room hotel at 9620 and 9624 Baltimore Avenue. The Planning Board approved the preliminary plan of subdivision for this extended stay hotel on September 8, 2005. A Planning Board hearing is scheduled for September 4, 2008.

8300-8400 BALTIMORE AVENUE
On November 12, 2007 the City executed an agreement with the developers regarding the build out of the
second phase of University View (8300 Baltimore Avenue) and the development of the 8400 Baltimore
Avenue project. In the agreement the city gave its general support for both projects to be student housing
with ground floor retail. A pre-application notice was filed on November 21, 2007 for a residential
student housing building with 154 units and 11,600 square feet of retail space at the 8300 Baltimore
Avenue site. The Planning Board approved the project with conditions on April 17, 2008.

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 office space and is working to certify his Detailed Site Plan before submitting for building permits.

PROJECTS IN THE PLANNING PHASE

COCHRAN PROPERTY
Mark Vogel Companies is under contract for the purchase of 8150 Baltimore Avenue, familiar to most as Jerry’s Pizza and Subs. The developer sent a Pre-Application Notice for a Preliminary Plan of Subdivision and a Detailed Site Plan to construct a Hilton Hotel on the site. This winter a decision was made by the developer to abandon the hotel project and pursue student housing for the site. The developer of the project has agreed to acquire an adjacent property, Merchants Tire, and will be filing a new Preliminary Plan and Detailed Site Plan soon.

THE DOMAIN AT COLLEGE PARK*
Located at the corner of Campus Drive and Mowatt Lane on the Poole property, this project is expected to be a 5-story luxury multi-family building with ground floor retail with Hanover Construction Company as the developer. The project is expected to consist of 250 residential units and 5,000 to 10,000 square feet of retail with the projected tenants being graduate students, young professions, visiting professors, and empty nesters. The developers of this project have set Fall 2012 as a very tentative construction completion date. A pre-application notice was filed on May 6, 2008 for a zoning change.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, EAST CAMPUS*
After a nearly six-month search for a developer for the proposed East Campus project, the University of Maryland chose the partnership of Rockville-based Foulger-Pratt and Argo Investment for the 38-acre mixed-use parcel. When completed, East Campus will have an estimated 1,500 housing units and 400,000 square feet of retail. Additional commercial space will be occupied by an office building and hotel. More project information can be found at http://www.eastcampus.umd.edu. A Detail Site Plan for 2 phases of development will be filed this month.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

M SQUARE: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND RESEARCH PARK
5825 UNIVERSITY RESEARCH COURT
M Square 1, a 120,000 square foot office building located at 5825 University Research Court, has been completed and tenants are currently moving in. In December 2007, 5825 University Research Court added the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) federal agency as a tenant. The agency will occupy approximately 60,000 square feet or half of the building. On May 13, 2008, the 5825 University Research Court M Square Building had its grand opening.

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION (NOAA)
Approved by the City and Prince George’s County in October of 2006, this project has been designated as a priority economic development project by the County Executive. The project will include 268,762 square feet of leaseable space, a 700-space parking structure and a 500-seat auditorium.

The developer, Opus East, will seek to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for the project. The project is a component of the M Square University of Maryland Enterprise Campus and is expected to be delivered by late 2008 or early 2009. NOAA will lease the building for 13 years.

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 with for sale townhouses, and a 40,000+ square feet of commercial office-retail space developed by Road Development Corporation. Current retail tenants include Pearle Vision, Verizon Wireless, Fed Ex Kinko’s, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Starbucks, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Essential Spa. Camden apartment units are currently being leased, while its town houses are now on the market for sale. Buffalo Wild Wings will take the southern restaurant pad site. A new tenant, Massage Envy, filed permits for an interior build out and signage.

OTHER NEWS

TRANSIT DISTRICT OVERLAY ZONE (TDOZ) WAREHOUSE AREA *
Working with the City of College Park and Prince George’s County, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) spent May 14th and 15th evaluating the TDOZ warehouse district for development opportunities. The Panel, specifically, examined two underutilized parcels owned by Clyde Dent and the Prince George’s County, which are located across the street from the College Park Metro Station. Currently, the Dent property has for sale price of $6.2 million. A PowerPoint presentation is available by emailing Chris Warren at cwarren@collegeparkmd.gov.

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