UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Planning Board approved proposals for multifamily apartment and condo complexes near Largo Town Center and the National Harbor at their meeting on June 20.
The Planning Board unanimously approved both proposals which would make a total of nearly 500 housing units coming to two robust development sites in the county.
In Largo, the new apartment complex, called Amore Apollo, is Phase II of the existing complex Ascend Apollo. Amore Apollo will be built right next to Ascend Apollo at the intersection of Harry S. Truman Drive and Lottsford Road. It is adjacent to the western side of the Largo Town Center and will be conveniently located next to the Metro station.
“The Phase II building will use many of the design features as the Phase I building. Those include brick and stucco and cement panels,” said Jeremy Hurlbutt, a master planner with the Urban Design Section of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. “The building is also six feet on the north elevation and steps down as you go to the south.”
According to Hurlbutt, the second phase of the mixed-use development project will consist of 379 dwelling units. Ascend Apollo, which opened in 2016, consists of 424 units. The new apartment building will include 201 two-bedrooms, 113 one-bedrooms and 65 studios with amenities such as four outdoor courtyards and a swimming pool.
The detailed site plan for this project was first presented to the Planning Board on Feb. 5, 2015, said Planning Division Chief James Hunt.
Prior to accepting the proposal for the building, the Planning Board staff asked for amendments to the proposed site plan which included a revision of the architecture, a modification of the building footprint and a reduction in the number of dwelling units from 422 to 379, while retaining 4,489 square feet of commercial retail use.
“This detailed site plan is to amend the architecture and footprint of the Phase II mixed-use building to include 379 dwelling units and 4,489 square feet of commercial retail uses,” Hunt said.
According to the Planning Board’s staff report, “The original approval allowed for 850 multifamily dwelling units between the two phases and included 422 dwelling units in Phase II. The proposed amendment will reduce the number of dwelling units in Phase II by 43.”
At this time, the Planning Board does not know when construction for the apartment will begin or end, Hunt said.
The second project, a condo complex, will be located on Brinkley Road in Temple Hills, 1,500 feet east of the intersection at Fisher Road, the site is about five miles from the National Harbor. The two-building project will be called Skyview Condominiums.
The two four-story buildings will hold 41 and 54 units and a total of 149,004 square feet. It will have 49 one-bedroom units, 28 two-bedrooms and 18 three-bedrooms with amenities such as a pool, fitness center and outdoor picnic areas. The condominiums will be located across the street from the Rosecroft Shopping Center.
“The application proposes private on-site recreational amenities which are included to include two lots, two picnic areas, two exercise rooms in both buildings and a swimming pool adjacent to building two. Benches are provided throughout the site to encourage social interaction and to provide pedestrian relief,” said Jonathan Bush, another planner with the Urban Design Section of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
In its current state, the area is almost entirely wooded and, according to the Planning Board Staff Report. It is divided by a “significant environmental feature.”
“This natural feature includes a stream, wetlands and their associated buffers and results in two distinct building pods on each side of this primary management area (PMA). The applicant proposes a multifamily building on each side of the PMA connecting the pods via a sidewalk along Brinkley Road.”
The Planning Board recommended approval with conditions on this project as well. These included providing a list of recreational facilities with a cost analysis to demonstrate conformance with the recreational facilities requirement, providing safety zones around play equipment and revising their tree conservation plan.
Both the Amore Apollo apartments and Skyview Condominiums are part of significant development efforts in both the Largo Town Center and the National Harbor.
Largo Town Center will bring in the new University of Maryland Regional Medical Center next year and includes its retail center and Metro. Meanwhile, a TopGolf facility opened right outside of the National Harbor on June 21, while the harbor itself brings in 12 million residents per year through its attractions such as the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center and MGM National Harbor.