At tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will discuss and vote on the the Southcore development’s detailed site plan.
At the November 17, 2015 worksession meeting, the Council discussed the Detailed Site Plan (DSP) for Phase III of the Greenbelt Station South Core development. At their regular meeting, November 24, 2015, the Mayor and Council moved to table the request until tonight’s worksession meeting in order for staff to meet with City of Greenbelt staff to obtain comments on a practical location for a pedestrian overpass.
The applicant is in the process of revising their DSP submittal based on comments they received from the City of Greenbelt, the City of College Park and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission staff. The Technical Staff report will not be completed until the revised DSP has been submitted and referrals have been distributed.
The Prince George’s County Planning Board hearing, previously scheduled for January 7, 2016, is tentatively scheduled for February 4, 2016. The Greenbelt City Council is anticipated to take a position on January 11 , 2016. They would like to receive input from the City regarding the pedestrian overpass.
The project is located entirely within the City of Greenbelt and is subject to a Development Agreement between Greenbelt and the Developer. As a result, City staffs review and comments are limited to those issues that directly impact the City of College Park. The main concerns are the location of a pedestrian bridge crossing over the WMA T A/CSX rail corridor and noise impacts from a required noise wall.
City of College Park staff met with City of Greenbelt staff on December 4th to discuss acceptable locations for the pedestrian overpass based on plan revisions made by the Applicant.
Toole Design was requested to propose additional options focused on connecting to new green space provided in the revised plan. On December 28, College Park and Greenbelt staff met to discuss Toole Design’s revised report (Attachment 1). It was determined that Alignment below was the preferred alternative because it best complied with the District Council condition, had the least impact on residents of the Daniels Park neighborhood, and had the least impact on Greenbelt Station residents.
City staff recommends approval ofDetailed Site Plan 13045, the South Core of Greenbelt Station, Phase III with the following conditions:
1. Prior to final plat certification, the applicant shall create a lot that is a minimum of 175feet long by 50-feet wide, shown as Alignment 2A in the City of College Park Pedestrian Overpass Feasibility Study Additional Concept Alternatives, Addendum to the Technical Summary. This lot shall be held by the Homeowners’ Association to be turned over to a public agency on demand for construction of a public pedestrian overpass. After 10 years from the date of final plat certification, if a pedestrian overpass has not been constructed, the lot will become the property of the Homeowners’ Association.
2. Prior to certificate approval of the Detailed Site Plan, the applicant shall revise the site plan to relocate the pedestrian overpass to the area shown as Alignment 2A in the City of College Park Pedestrian Overpass Feasibility Study Additional Concept Alternatives, Addendum to the Technical Summary.
3. Prior to certificate approval of the Detailed Site Plan, the applicant shall provide a determination from a certified sound engineer that indicates whether exterior reflective noise from the proposed sound wall will have a perceptible impact to residences on Huron Street from the railroad tracks to 51 51 A venue and to residences on 51st A venue from Blackfoot Place to Huron Street. If there is such an impact, the applicant shall revise the DSP to show a sound wall with an absorptive material or coating in order to mitigate reflective noise. a. The absorptive material or coating shall have a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of 0. 70 or greater. b. The absorptive material or coating shall be used for the entirety of the west side of the sound wall facing the railroad tracks.
4. Prior to certificate approval of the Detailed Site Plan, the applicant shall provide the City of College Park with broker information and promotional material for the retail site.
5. Subsequent to the determination that Lot 116 is to be retail or a public park and prior to the issuance of a building permit for Lot 116, the applicant shall provide a Detailed Site Plan revision to address site layout and building details.