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What’s going on with...Hyattsville Metro station land?

Metro isn’t just a transit system — it’s the owner and manager of some in­cred­ibly valuable development sites in the area. Many of the properties are at or above Metro stations or bus bays, so they couldn’t be more convenient for developers looking to build apartments or office buildings that are accessible to public transit.


As a reader pointed out, however, not all the stations have seen such activity. At the West Hyattsville stop, Metro owns more than 27 acres, most of it surface parking that could be replaced by a parking garage. The agency has envisioned 200,000 square feet of offices, 65,000 square feet of retail and nearly 800 new housing units for the site.

So what’s going on with the West Hyattsville station?

First the good news for those hoping to see new development there. Rushern Baker III, the Prince George’s County executive, has been aggressively trying to bring mixed-use development to the county’s un-developed Metro sites, which it has far more of than any other part of the region. And in Hyattsville, there have been some signs of progress that began before the recession and survived, such as the Arts District Hyattsville, which features a Busboys & Poets at 5331 Baltimore Ave.

Also, in 2006 the county passed a plan for the area immediately around the Metro station that was envisioned to one day look something like these renderings drawn up by the design firm EE&K.

Here’s the bad news. Goldin resigned from Metro’s joint development program in February. Baker hasn’t had any luck in attracting major employers to his Metro stations thus far. And parts of University Town Center, a development nearby, have run into financial distress.

For the moment, there is no movement on Metro’s end, despite some of the ideas tossed around before the recession. “We don’t have any active real estate project at our west Hyattsville station and there’s not even one planned at this time,” a Metro spokesperson told me recently.

Is there a project, building or property in your neighborhood that you want to learn more about? We’ve previously written about the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center, the Hill East development, the Arlington Funeral home and others. You can send suggestions to

Follow Jonathan O’Connell on Twitter: @oconnellpostbiz

Jonathan O'Connell has covered land use and development in the Washington area for more than five years.


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