The much-discussed pedestrian overpass between College Park and Greenbelt is not going to happen, at least for now. The College Park City Council approved a location just south of Public Works property. Unfortunately, the Greenbelt City Council decided not to build the overpass.
The Prince Georges County Planning Board approved the Greenbelt Station DSP resolution on April 14, 2016. This resolution approves Greenbelt Station with conditions but removes the condition for the pedestrian overpass. The Planning Board decided not to require the bridge since the municipalities involved (the City of Greenbelt and the City of College Park) could not agree upon a location for the bridge. The City of Greenbelt opposed any pedestrian bridge, as did the applicant. The County Attorney ruled that since the cities could not agree on a final location, the condition requiring the overpass was not fulfilled and therefore could not be imposed.
The decision is rather unfortunate because residents of both cities will lose an important connectivity option.
Our staff talked to Greenbelt staff numerous times. Staff also agreed on a recommended location based on these conversations. However, even though Greenbelt staff agreed with the location we recommended to the City Council, the City of Greenbelt’s Council voted that they simply do not want the pedestrian overpass period.