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A push for smarter building around region's Metro stations

Tuesday - 9/20/2011, 3:25pm  ET

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The MetroView complex is going up across the street from the New Carrollton Metro station. (Courtesy Peter Fillat Architects)
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Adam Tuss,

NEW CARROLLTON, Md.- Living or working closer to a Metro station can make a huge impact on quality of life.

And local leaders are pushing to add more development around the region's Metro stations.

Plans for the "new" Tysons Corner area include dense activity centers of offices, apartments and retail built around Metro stations, with the idea of promoting liveable, walkable communities where the car is not king.

Some officials see the same kind of potential for Prince George's County.

"Fourteen of the 15 (Metro stations in the county) still have a tremendous amount of land that can be developed," Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Monday, after announcing that a brand new, nearly 30-story office building is going up across the street from the New Carrollton Metro station.

The state's Department of Housing and Community Development is moving into the new building.

"New Carrollton can be an example of the sort of smarter, more sustainable, transit-oriented development that can happen throughout our state," O'Malley said.

His administration has made transit-oriented development around Metro stations a key focal point.

"This is a harbinger of things to come," said O'Malley, talking about the plans for the new Metroview project at New Carrollton.

In addition to the state's community development department relocating from Crownsville to New Carrollton, the MetroView project will also feature 30,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor with 400 plus units on the upper 22 floors, featuring market and affordable rental housing.

Total square footage on the building is expected to be nearly 700,000 square feet. The move-in date is projected for late summer/early fall of 2013.

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