In the next few weeks, hearings are scheduled in Bowie and/or at the County level on several projects. They include: Bowie Marketplace Housing, Melford Village, Amber Ridge, and Karington. Details
The Prince George's County Planning Board will conduct a public hearing on the Preliminary Plan of Subdivision for housing at Bowie Marketplace. The hearing takes place at the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro. Read on...
St. John Properties, Inc. requests the City's recommendation of approval for a Preliminary Plan of Subdivision for Melford Village for 1,793 dwelling units and commercial and office uses. This item was postponed from the Jan.17th meeting. Read on...
Recent Actions On Residential Housing Proposal:
Bowie Marketplace Residential Proposal:
The proposal before City Council on January 3, 2017 was for a 288-unit, 4-5-story apartment building at the rear of the Bowie Marketplace shopping center. The City Council granted approval for a smaller apartment building:
- 3/4 stories (Three stories facing the fence and four stories on the parking lot side)
- 225 units
Previous Actions/Meetings on Proposal
Two informational Stakeholders Meetings were held with neighborhood residents on March 8, 2016 and April 14, 2016. At the second Stakeholders Meeting, the developer proposed a maximum 50-foot building height along with: the construction of a flat roof for the entire structure (rather than a peaked roof); a reduction in the number of stories from five to four in the southern and western sections of the building (the other areas will remain at five stories); and a decrease in the number of rental dwelling units from 300 to 285 units.
The Bowie Advisory Planning Board (BAPB) reviewed the proposal at a public hearing on November 15, 2016. The BAPB consists of seven Bowie resident volunteers. They review development proposals and make recommendations to the City Council on whether or not to support a particular development request. The Board is an important part of the development review process for any proposal affecting Bowie and its recommendations are part of the input that Council receives prior to making development decisions. The Board voted unanimously to recommend DISAPPROVAL of the application.
Usually the vote of the City Council is not a binding one, since final development decisions are made at the County level. However, under the terms of a Development Agreement, the City Council has sole and absolute discretion regarding approval of the Conceptual Site Plan and Detailed Site Plan for residential housing, and Berman Enterprises is precluded from requesting approval of these plans from Prince George’s County unless the City has first approved them.
Bowie Marketplace Background Information:
- Staff Report for January 3, 2017 City Council Meeting
- Agenda for BAPB Hearing (11/15/2016)
- Petition for Departure from Parking Requirements - BD -1-16
- Staff Report for BAPB Hearing re: Proposed Housing (288 units)
- Marketplace Residential Proposal - BAPB Public Hearing Nov 15 (Notice)
- Residential Elevations and Floor Plans
- Preliminary Plan of Subdivision #4-16028
- Detailed Site Plan
- Conceptual Site Plan
- Alternative Compliance Landscape Plan
- Stakeholders Meeting Memo to Bowie City Council dated March 10, 2016
- Second Stakeholders Meeting Memo to Bowie City Council dated April 21, 2016
- Developer's PowerPoint Presentation from Second Stakeholders Meeting
- City's Planning Department's PowerPoint from Second Stakeholders Meeting
- Traffic Impact Analysis for Bowie Marketplace - March 12, 2016
- Berman Development Agreement
- Pages from the Development Pattern Element
- "Bowie Master Plan - Bowie Mainstreet"
Videos about the Bowie Marketplace Project
City Council Meeting (January 3, 2017)
Press Conference Announcing Marketplace Project
(March 5, 2015)
Demolition of Bowie Marketplace to make way for the new Marketplace Project
(April 28, 2015)
Stakeholders Meeting #1 re: Marketplace Residential Housing Proposal
(March 8, 2016)
Stakeholders Meeting #2 re: Marketplace Residential Housing Proposal
(April 14, 2016)