HYATTSVILLE – The Landy Property in Hyattsville has been the topic of several potential developments and on Monday another iteration of an idea came before the council.
Representatives from the Marvin R. Blumberg Company came before the Hyattsville City Council for a short presentation on possible development on land just south of Northwestern High School. The 33-acre property, known as the Landy Property, sits between Toledo Terrace, Belcrest Road, Northwest Drive and Dean Drive.
“Over the many years (its) had many different conceptual designs – some approved and some sort of just in concept,” said Jim Chandler, Hyattsville assistant city administrator.
The proposal brought before council on Nov. 6 was to turn the currently vacant land into more than 300 townhome units of varying size. The property lies partially within city limits, partially outside and a portion of it is wooded.
Chris Hatcher, the legal counsel for the development company, said the plan was created with the new vision laid out by the Prince George’s Plaza Transit District Development Plan (TDDP) in mind.
“Most recently, we engaged in the 2017 master planning process for the TDDP for Prince George’s Plaza where it was rezoned to R-20 to permit 16 to the acre for townhouses,” Hatcher said.
A previous iteration of this plan included more than 1,000 multifamily dwelling units on the property, but the plan “has evolved since then.”
The specific proposal, which will not be solidified until the developer submits a Detailed Site Plan, calls for 200 16-foot-wide, alley-loaded units, 88 20-foot-wide, alley-loaded units and 55 22-foot-wide, front-loaded units. Each home would include at least a one-car garage. There is also a proposed 150 total on-street parking spaces.
Plans also include a open play area, a dog friendly wooded space, a tot lot and “smaller open seating areas scattered throughout the development.”
Hatcher said the townhomes would reside in the “neighborhood edge” of Prince George’s Plaza and right now the plan is in subdivision review. That review analyzes the viability and feasibility of a site. It looks into how emergency services would respond to the area, where children would attend school and how they would influence school population numbers, and where water, sewage and electricity would come and go from.
The developer has also been in communication with nearby community The Seville to discuss and negotiate relocating the complex’s pool and tennis courts to accommodate the new townhouses. However Hatcher said that, while The Seville agreed to move the tennis courts, it would prefer to keep its pool in the current location. Blumberg is amenable to that, though current renderings do not reflect that agreement.
The council had few questions about the proposed development, though Councilman Thomas Wright did voice excitement for the possibilities of the site.
“This looks like it’s going to be a very exciting project,” he said. “It’s certainly nice to know those cleared woods (are) going to have some purpose than what’s there currently.”
Wright wanted to know if the new development would be serviced by the city, meaning would it be in charge of the streets, trash, and other city-provided services.
“That is a topic that we’d want to engage with the city to have a discussion about,” Hatcher said.
In a memo to council from Chandler and city planner Katie Gerbes, it noted that the developer designed the public infrastructure to comply with city standards, meaning the roads within the development are “at least 20-feet in width, the minimum the city will accept.”
“Assuming the city council accepts the roadways, the city would be responsible for providing sanitation services, as well as for parking management and road maintenance and repair,” the memo said. “In order to accommodate the city’s sanitation trucks, there are two ‘dead-end’ road segments that require design revisions to allow for circulation. The applicant is aware of city staff’s concerns and plan to relocate two proposed units to better accommodate sanitation vehicle circulation.”
Wright said he looks forward to what the planning committee has to say about the potential development, but felt himself, it is a good project.
The developer is in the process of creating a Detailed Sight Plan for consideration by both the city of Hyattsville and county planning board. The planning board has not yet approved the current preliminary plan of subdivision, though approval is anticipated later this month.