Guiding Principles for the
Redevelopment of the
Northgate District of College
The City of College Park
and the University of Maryland
support the redevelopment of the section of Route 1 from the North Campus
entrance at Paint Branch Parkway
to Route 193. This section, known as the Northgate Area, which is currently
developed with a mix of retail, office and residential uses, is characterized
by a number of vacant buildings and underutilized parcels. This section serves
as the northern gateway to the University
of Maryland and to Downtown College
Park. Therefore, strong visual and physical connections need to be made with
the campus and the downtown area.
These guiding principles are
consistent with the University’s Strategic plan, the Facilities Master Plan,
the Comprehensive Plan for College Park, and the Route 1 Sector Plan.
The College Park
City-University Partnership believes there is an excellent opportunity for
quality redevelopment in the Northgate Area. Development should be university
oriented, including a mix of commercial and residential uses, such as office,
retail, a Class A hotel and student, staff, and faculty housing.
The Partnership strongly
recommends developers working in the Northgate Area to incorporate the
following guiding principles into their plans:
- To minimize any increase in traffic, developers
should strive to employ
alternative transportation and mass transit options.
- The west side of route one is the preferred area
for student housing.
- Paint Branch Creek is a significant amenity for
the area. Its restoration should be incorporated into all redevelopment
plans bordering the waterway.
- Resources for the development of the Northgate
Area should be leveraged to assist in the completion of projects such as Northgate Park and Riverwalk.
- Public safety concerns need to be addressed in
redevelopment plans through lighting, landscaping, and other Crime
Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) techniques.
- Structured parking and public infrastructure
improvements are encouraged.
Opportunities for shared parking with the City and the University should
be explored, as should the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF), or other
- Building heights need to be compatible with the
surrounding neighborhoods, working with the natural topography to minimize
potential negative effects. Typically this means that tall structures
should be on the west side of Route 1.
- Development should be
subject to real property taxes.
- Special attention
should be given to pedestrian and bicycle access to campus and improved connectivity to existing trail systems and
destinations throughout the Northgate Area.
- Streetscape improvements should be compatible
with those on the University
of Maryland campus and in downtown College Park.