Plans for the $400 million Bowie New Town Center will be scaled down slightly and some construction delayed under a compromise reached this week between the Bowie City Council and the developer of the massive complex of housing units, offices and retail establishments.
Residents of the Prince George's County community had objected to the size of the project, saying it would overburden roads and services.
Under the 11-point agreement, reached at a City Council meeting Tuesday night, Washington developer Mark Vogel will build 1,365 residential units instead of 1,520 and will limit office buildings to nine stories instead of 12. He also agreed to delay construction of 40 town houses and 50,000 square feet of office space until 1994.
To help cut down on commuter traffic, Vogel also agreed to pay for the operation of two shuttle buses to the New Carrollton Metro station. The city will raise money for car and van pools by establishing a special taxing district for the New Town Center.
A 1.1 million-square-foot regional shopping mall planned for the development -- a facility that would be nearly as large as Tysons Corner Center -- would not be affected by the agreement.
"I think we have achieved a pretty good compromise," said Bowie Mayor Richard Logue. "The important thing is, we wanted to send a message to other developers and the Planning Board: We will not sit idly by and let [the Planning Board] give developers everything they ask for."
Vogel's plans for the 275-acre development, to be built near Rtes. 301 and 50, were approved last month by the County Planning Board without major changes.
Logue said the city and Vogel will jointly file a "friendly appeal" of the Planning Board decision to the County Council, which is expected to approve it.