The Hyattsville City Council will again be considering whether or not to support a proposed rezoning of the Kiplinger property near the Prince George's Plaza Metro Station.
Property owners Kiplinger Washington Editors, a trade publication company based out of Washington, DC, want to rezone the 11 acre property to allow for mixed-use, transit oriented development. A conceptual site plan submitted per the requirements of their rezoning request envisions an 870 unit apartment/condominum development with a parking garage and 34,200 square feet of commercial or retail space at the west corner of the property.
During the last city council meeting, there was some amount of confusion over what the conceptual site plan looked like, in no small part because of a lack of renderings in the council's document packet that week. This week, however, that's changed, and members of the public get their first real glimpse at how property owners might redevelop the 3400 block of East West Highway.
Two weeks ago, the city council took no action on the Kiplinger rezoning. Instead, Hyattsville's elected leaders gave the property owners a list of concerns and critiques on the project, such as moving the retail and commercial space from the west to the north side of the property, along East-West Highway. City leaders also wanted the development to include more green space, and minimize traffic impacts on Editor's Park Drive. City council members do, however, seem to want a traffic signal at the intersection of Editor's Park Drive and East-West Highway.