From Brentwood to Riverdale, the 3,400-Unit Hyattsville Residential Rundown

by Nena Perry-Brown

Just as a lot of development is in the works in DC along Rhode Island Avenue, neighboring communities on the Maryland side of the route are also in the midst of a post-Hyattsville Arts District development wave. 

Below, UrbanTurf compiles our first rundown of large residential projects on the boards in Hyattsville, Brentwood, Riverdale, and everywhere in between. 

In case you missed them, here are the other neighborhoods we have covered so far this year:


Artisan 4100

A couple of blocks from Prince George's County's first food hall, construction is almost complete at Artisan 4100. Located at 4100 Rhode Island Avenue (map), the Landex Development project will deliver 84 studio and two bedroom units early next year. Amenities will include a recording studio by Wenger Corporation. 

Hyattsville Armory

Midway between Franklin's Brewery and Yes! Organic Market, Urban Investment Partners is seeking county approval for a mixed-use infill development. The Armory project would deliver 284 apartments and 32,000 square feet of retail to 5300 Baltimore Avenue (map), along with 680 parking spaces. The development will include a pedestrian plaza with benches, water features, and outdoor restaurant seating.

The Riverfront at West Hyattsville

Construction is expected to begin soon on the first phase of this 18-acre development next to West Hyattsville Metro station (map), where work has been ongoing to mitigate flood risks and regrade the site. 

Gilbane Development Company received county approval for the first phase in 2017, permitting delivery of 183 townhouses on the western side of the site. The project will also create a new street grid, deliver 4.5 acres of public parkland with an amphitheater, and improve bicycle and pedestrian access to both the neighboring Kirkwood community and the Anacostia River Northwest Branch Trail. Access to the trail was reestablished in July after nine months of storm water management work.

Gilbane is expected to submit preliminary plans for the multifamily portion of the development early next year; it is expected to include over 400 apartments across two or three buildings, along with over 9,000 square feet of retail along Ager Road.

Magruder Pointe

After several failed attempts at preservation by local nonprofits and advocacy groups, the long-vacant WSSC building was demolished this summer to make way for a residential development. Douglas Development and Werrlein Properties have put forth plans to deliver a total of 83 attached and detached houses to the site and surface parking lot at Hamilton Street and 41st Avenue (map), while ceding some of the parking lot to be added to the adjacent Magruder Park.

Although concept plans and rezoning were approved for the site earlier this year,  neighboring residents and the city of Hyattsville have filed appeals. The city has expressed hopes to integrate the entire parking lot portion of the site, previously zoned for open space, into Magruder Park. The appeals will be heard in February.

Highline Hyattsville

Also offering a recording studio as an amenity, the 340-unit office-to-residential development at 3700 East West Highway (map) is also set to deliver soon. Bernstein Companies helmed conversion of the ten-story Metro II building, which was constructed in 1968 at the middle of the University Town Center and designed by Kennedy Center architect Edward Durell Stone. Other amenities include a sunroom, pet spa, and co-working and makerspace.

The Dewey Property

A large residential development is being proposed for the 17-acre site behind Prince George's Plaza, between Adelphi, Belcrest and Toledo Roads. The Planning Board approved a preliminary plan in June which would subdivide the property into four parcels, one of which will be a storm water pond for the county. 

On the remaining parcels, the property owner is planning a 360-unit building south of Toledo Terrace, a set of 120 stacked townhouses north of Toledo Terrace, and a set of 40 stacked townhouses next to the county buildings on Adelphi Road. Separately, the Planning Board approved a preliminary plan last month to deliver a 340-unit building with 2,000 square feet of ground floor retail, and another 40 residential units, on the 4.3-acre Dewey East parcel central to the larger Dewey property. The project would also deliver two public roads intersecting at the center of the property.

The Landy Property

Just across the street at Belcrest Road and Toledo Terrace (map), another multi-phase development has been proposed. The entire site is 33 acres and, according to 2018 approvals, could eventually deliver a total of 331 townhouses across 24 acres, alongside the existing 288-unit building on the property. The first phase involves 131 townhouses, for which the Planning Board granted approval last month. Marvin R. Blumberg Company is the developer.

The Station at Riverdale Park

Anchored by a Whole Foods, and following the recent arrival of a Denizens Brewing outpost, plans are now moving forward to develop the next phase of what is known as Riverdale Park Station. The current proposal is to add two more apartment buildings with another 632 units where the property abuts the CSX railroad tracks (map).

The donut-shaped, seven-story Building 7 will deliver 338 apartments, while the S-shaped, six-story Building 8 will have two volumes, one with 195 senior living units and the other with 99 market rate units. Both will have six-story parking garages to the rear with up to 507 and 441 spaces, respectively. The proposal would also retrofit a restored Rhode Island Avenue streetcar for 450 square feet of commercial space in a plaza near Building 7.

The development will include nearly 1,000 residential units, and another building off Woodberry Street (map) broke ground this summer (Building 5) to deliver an additional 229 units in 2021-2022.

Correction: The article previously misstated that The Station at Riverdale Park already includes nearly 1,000 units; it will at full build-out. There are currently 119 townhouses at the development.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/from-brentwood-to-riverdale-the-3400-unit-hyattsville-residential-rundown/16202

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