This is a continuation from last week's post, The Gateway Projects.
This Gateway project is located outside DC, in the suburb of Prince Georges County. The project would include the former Landover Mall that has been demolished (but Sears building still standing), a much-anticipated project Woodmore Town Centre anchored by Wegman's supermarket, Landover Crossing Shopping Centre and a vacant former car business lot.
The vision is to create a mixed-use urban village, like Clarendon in Arlington. There is a metro station, but the station is not that close to the proposed redevelopment project. Urban village without the transit part is incomplete. To fix that, Urban Land Institute proposed -- to have circulator buses to and from the station.
Because Lerner Enterprises (a Bethesda-based development company) owned the site, it all depends on what Lerner wants to do with the site. By the way, Lerner is the same company that owns Washington National and part of Tysons Corner. According to Washington BizJournal (subscription only), "Lerner is taking slow steps to ensure that the property reaches its best potential..."
PG has become some sort of a "bedroom community" for DC metro, because of: 1) Housing still affordable, 2) close proximity to DC. Having said that, PG officials wanted to build offices since majority of the population leave the county for their jobs elsewhere. Isn't that interesting. They do have a "captive market." But the money that should be spent in PG goes elsewhere. The county wants to keep residents spend their money in the county, and therefore -- can help boost county's tax revenues and economies.
- Development of Woodmore Towne Centre (approved) expected to breaking ground summer 2007. The future location of Woodmore Towne Centre is to the east of the former mall site. This mixed-use project will include 700,000 s.f of retail space (Costco and Wegman's), 2 hotels and a conference center, a residential consisting of 191 single family homes and 731 townhomes/condominiums.
- Redevelopment of Landover Crossing Center, which currently have Home Evolution furnishings store and a barbecue restaurant... and C-Mart discounter. Also included in the sector plan, the undeveloped 50-acre of parcel located south of Landover Crossing and is owned by Redskins.
- Redevelopment of the entire Landover Mall. Pending what Lerner Enterprises wants to do with the site to get the most potential.
You can read full study of the proposed project, here. The Landover Gateway project is a big project for PG, that will take sometime to reach its fullest potential. The community wants county to bring brand name retailers, like Neiman Marcus, Wholefoods, Starbucks, etc. If it's going to help the area -- bring 'em on.
* Landover Mall Final Report [M-NCPP and ULI]
* Developer Has Huge Retail Plans for PG [Washington BizJournal]
* Development Permits Are First Sign of Activity at Landover Mall Site [Washington Post]