The developer of the proposed 4-star “The Hotel” at the corner of Route 1 and Paint Branch Avenue came to last week’s Council worksession to present their plan to the College Park City Council. The highlights of the plan include (1) 329,00 gross sq ft (2) 292 guestrooms (3) 14,700 sf of ballroom space (4) 9,155 sq ft of meeting / conference space (5) 43,283 sq ft of retail space with 3-4 restaurants and a full service spa (6) 7 story parking with 750 spaces (7) 3 additional patios (8)Penthouse level event spaces. Please read more about the plan here on the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun. Here are a renderings I took from the presentation. You can take a look at the entire presentation here.
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How high is the building? Which road does the highest point front? It looks dangerously close to the flight paths of the airplanes into and out of College Park Airport.
Bill, As far as the flight path goes, the building is not high enough to cause any concerns.
The FAA has set a 12 story limit for new buildings to the north of University View. South of Paint Branch Parkway is less of a problem as planes should be following Paint Branch Stream and then head north away fromDC.
It looks like this building is too tall. 1) the county limits buildings in that area to 150 feet. 2) the state limits buildings in that area to I think a little less than 150 feet at that location (distance from runway end) and 3) the FAA limits buildings in that area to something like the state does but not as sure about that.
The limit is in feet, not stories and the first 2 stories of this building look to be pretty tall. So its something like 2 * 20 + 11 * 11 = 161 feet? Plus stuff on the roof?
I calculated it out, any building at that location, given the ground level of 72 feet can’t be more than 126 feet high.