HUD grant to benefit Metro Green Line
The federal government will provide local agencies with $800,000 to stimulate growth around four stations on the southern end of Metro's Green Line.
The money is being awarded to the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission and Prince George's County under the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Challenge Grant Program to help plan for transit-oriented development around Southern Avenue, Naylor Road, Suitland and Branch Avenue stations.
According to federal officials, "the goal is to attract new federal and spin-office tenants and mixed-income housing."
"This grant is great news for Prince George's County," said Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, who announced the grant in a statement with fellow Maryland Democratic Sen. Benjamin l. Cardin. "But this project means more than transportation. It means people can live and work all in the same neighborhood."
For years, Prince George's officials have been trying to attract development around the county's 15 stations. Efforts have intensified in recent months. Metro and the state of Maryland recently requested proposals to develop 39 acres around the New Carrollton transit hub. Responses are due Nov. 5. This spring Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) announced that the state Department of Housing and Community Development would move its headquarters from Anne Arundel County to a location near a Metro station in Prince George's.
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