Bowie Marketplace

Marketplace ribbon cutting

Recent Actions On Residential Housing Proposal:

March 2017

On March 17, 2017 the Detailed Site Plan for the residential component of Bowie Marketplace was accepted by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for processing.  The plan includes 225 multi-family apartment units in the open area behind the existing retail center.  On January 3rd, City Council reviewed the Detailed Site Plan and recommended approval of a multifamily development in three stories for the portion of the building facing existing single-family detached homes on Scarlett Lane and four stories for the remaining building, not to exceed 225 dwelling units, of which 20% are age-restricted units.  The City Council’s public review process for residential units at Bowie Marketplace, called for by the recorded Development Agreement, concluded with the January 3rd action. The Council’s position will be communicated to the Prince George’s County Planning Board, which is expected to review the case in the next few months.


After a Public Hearing on January 26, 2017, the County Planning Board unanimously voted to approve a Preliminary Plan of Subdivision for residential housing at Bowie Marketplace.The project now proceeds to Detailed Site Plan review at the County level.


At the City Council meeting on January 3, 2017, the Council voted to support construction of a 225-unit apartment building at Bowie Marketplace.On two of the three measures pertaining to proposal (Conceptual Site Plan and Preliminary Plan) the vote was 5 to 2 in favor. On the Detailed Site Plan, the vote was 4 to 3 in favor. 


The Bowie Advisory Planning Board voted unanimously to accept the staff recommendation of DISAPPROVAL for the residential housing proposal.

Bowie Marketplace Residential Proposal:

The proposal before City Council on January 3, 2017 was for a 288-unit, 4-5-story apartment building at the rear of the Bowie Marketplace shopping center. The City Council granted approval for a smaller apartment building:

  • 3/4 stories (Three stories facing the fence and four stories on the parking lot side)
  • 225 units
BE Bowie LLC had filed a Conceptual Site Plan application for constructing a multi-story, residential apartment building with surface and garage parking. The 5.3-acre site of the proposed building is located in the southern (rear) portion of the Marketplace property, which has frontage on Annapolis Road (MD Route 450), Superior Lane, and Sage Lane. The property is zoned Commercial Shopping Center (C-S-C). The 2006 Bowie and Vicinity Master Plan recommends a Mixed-Use/Residential land use for this property.

Previous Actions/Meetings on Proposal

Two informational Stakeholders Meetings were held with neighborhood residents on March 8, 2016 and April 14, 2016. At the second Stakeholders Meeting, the developer proposed a maximum 50-foot building height along with: the construction of a flat roof for the entire structure (rather than a peaked roof); a reduction in the number of stories from five to four in the southern and western sections of the building (the other areas will remain at five stories); and a decrease in the number of rental dwelling units from 300 to 285 units.

The Bowie Advisory Planning Board (BAPB) reviewed the proposal at a public hearing on November 15, 2016. The BAPB consists of seven Bowie resident volunteers. They review development proposals and make recommendations to the City Council on whether or not to support a particular development request. The Board is an important part of the development review process for any proposal affecting Bowie and its recommendations are part of the input that Council receives prior to making development decisions. The Board voted unanimously to recommend DISAPPROVAL of the application.

Usually the vote of the City Council is not a binding one, since final development decisions are made at the County level. However, under the terms of a Development Agreement, the City Council has sole and absolute discretion regarding approval of the Conceptual Site Plan and Detailed Site Plan for residential housing, and Berman Enterprises is precluded from requesting approval of these plans from Prince George’s County unless the City has first approved them. 

Bowie Marketplace Background Information:


Videos about the Bowie Marketplace Project

City Council Meeting (January 3, 2017)

Press Conference Announcing Marketplace Project
(March 5, 2015)

Demolition of Bowie Marketplace to make way for the new Marketplace Project
(April 28, 2015)

Stakeholders Meeting #1 re: Marketplace Residential Housing Proposal
(March 8, 2016)

Stakeholders Meeting #2 re: Marketplace Residential Housing Proposal

(April 14, 2016) 

Zoning Text Amendment Background