The North Gate Development district is an area which is the segment of Route 1 in College Park between Paint Branch Avenue and 193/Greenbelt Road. As evidenced by our “College Park Development Map“, this area is experiencing some of the most intense redevelopment of anywhere in the city – including the already built 16-story University View student housing complex (pictured right) and many other proposed projects ranging anywhere from 10-18 stories. Because of its proximity to campus, this is expected to absorb much more density and several bridges are being planned or have been built to bring pedestrians over Paint Branch stream (see North Gate Park). All projects in this corridor are zoned mixed-use, meaning development can and will contain either residential units, office space, and ground-floor retail, or some mixture of the three. This segment of Route 1 has also been prioritized by the College Park city council for roadway reconstruction (median and pedestrian facilities) once funds become available from the state.
The following is from the City-University Partnership:
Guiding Principles for the Redevelopment of the North Gate District of College Park
The City of College Park and the University of Maryland support the redevelopment of the section of Route 1 from the North Campus entrance at Paint Branch Parkway to Route 193. This section, known as the North Gate Area, which is currently developed with a mix of retail, office and residential uses, is characterized by a number of vacant buildings and underutilized parcels. This section serves as the northern gateway to the University of Maryland and to Downtown College Park. Therefore, strong visual and physical connections need to be made with the campus and the downtown area.
The College Park City-University Partnership believes there is an excellent opportunity for quality redevelopment in the North Gate Area. Development should be university oriented, including a mix of commercial and residential uses, such as office, retail, a Class A hotel and student, staff, and faculty housing.
The Partnership strongly recommends developers working in the North Gate Area to incorporate the following guiding principles into their plans:
- To minimize any increase in traffic, developers should strive to employ alternative transportation and mass transit options.
- The west side of route one is the preferred area for student housing.
- Paint Branch Creek is a significant amenity for the area. Its restoration should be incorporated into all redevelopment plans bordering the waterway.
- Resources for the development of the North Gate Area should be leveraged to assist in the completion of projects such as North Gate Park and Riverwalk.
- Public safety concerns need to be addressed in redevelopment plans through lighting, landscaping, and other Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) techniques.
- Structured parking and public infrastructure improvements are encouraged. Opportunities for shared parking with the City and the University should be explored, as should the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF), or other financial tools.
- Building heights need to be compatible with the surrounding neighborhoods, working with the natural topography to minimize potential negative effects. Typically this means that tall structures should be on the west side of Route 1.
- Development should be subject to real property taxes.
- Special attention should be given to pedestrian and bicycle access to campus and improved connectivity to existing trail systems and destinations throughout the North Gate Area.
- Streetscape improvements should be compatible with those on the University of Maryland campus and in downtown College Park.
Sidewalk in front of University View that is characteristic of the pedestrian facilities required of developers in the Norgate Area. A building is planned with ground floor retail that will meet directly with this sidewalk.