- The Washington Times - Monday, September 19, 2011

Maryland officials announced Monday that the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development will relocate to New Carrollton in 2013, making it the first state-agency headquarters in Prince George’s County.

The department will move from its current home in Crownsville in Anne Arundel County to the yet-to-be completed Metroview complex — a planned retail, office and apartment development to be built across from the New Carrollton Metro station.

Gov. Martin O’Malley touted the project Monday as an important step toward promoting dense development near transit centers while reducing traffic and sprawl.

“This is a transit-oriented development site,” he said, adding that the site will have convenient access to Metrorail, Metrobus, MARC train and Amtrak services, as well as the planned Purple Line light rail, which is scheduled to open in 2020.

The state will sign a 15-year lease with the Metroview property, during which state officials expect the complex to bring more than $11 million to the state while creating 300 construction jobs and 80 retail jobs.

The 700,000-square-foot complex will include 30,000 square feet of first-floor retail, topped by four floors of office space — leased primarily to DHCD — and 22 floors with more than 400 housing units. DHCD is expected to move into the complex in late summer or early fall of 2013.

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