South Lake

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South Lake  – The 381-acre mixed-use property was recently annexed by the City (effective January 2019). On January 22, 2019 City Council approved pledging a portion of future tax revenues for Tax Increment Financing (TIF), which will help with construction of infrastructure to serve the development, including road improvements to MD 214/US 301/Old Central Avenue, on-site roads, grading and utilities, and construction of a stormwater management lake. As planned, the mixed-use development has a total square footage of 3,447,360 square feet and includes a grocery anchored retail center of 250,000 square feet, 130,000 square feet of additional retail/restaurant uses, 220,000 square feet of office and a 390-room hotel. In addition, residential development includes a total of 1,360 dwelling units, consisting of 165 single-family detached, 701 townhouse, 104 two-over-two and 390 multi-family units. The City recently established a limit on the total number of dwelling units by a covenant agreement with the developer.

Project Snapshot

Proposal: A total of 1,360 dwelling units, 600,000 square feet of commercial space and 390 hotel rooms

Location: Southwest quadrant of US 301 and MD 214

Acreage/Zoning: 381.52 acres/Zoned E-I-A (Employment and Institutional Area) with mixed-use community designation

Review/Approval Process

  1. Conceptual Site Plan (completed 2004);
  2. Preliminary Plan of subdivision (completed 2004, latest reconsideration approved by Prince George's County in 2019); 
  3. Detailed Site Plans for individual building sites

A Conceptual Site Plan and Preliminary Plan of subdivision for the original mixed-use plan were approved by Prince George’s County in 2004 and included 650,000 square feet of office use, 343,000 square feet of retail use, two hotels and 1,294 dwelling units. A reconsideration and revised Preliminary Plan of subdivision was approved by the County Planning Board on February 16, 2017 that resulted in the following development quantities: 475,000 square feet of retail commercial, 200,000 square feet of employment uses, 390 hotel rooms, and 1,294 dwelling units, including 136 single-family detached units, 664 townhouse units, 390 multi-family units and 104 two-family units.  In January, 2019 a Preliminary Plan of subdivision was approved reconfiguring 11 acres of the previous plan, resulting in 29 additional single-family detached dwelling units and 37 additional single family attached dwelling units.

Most Recent Approval

Preliminary Plan #4-17027

January 10, 2019 - The Prince George’s County Planning Board unanimously approved Preliminary Plan #4-17027 for South Lake. On September 17, 2018, City Council voted to recommend approval with five conditions. 

December 3, 2018 – City Council approved Resolution R-76-18 establishing a maximum number of permissible dwelling units at South Lake.  The approved covenant limits the number of building permits for residential dwelling units to no more than 1,360 dwelling units, excluding age-restricted dwelling units, for a period of 15 years after the City’s annexation becomes effective.  It also makes reference to the developer being responsible for certain transportation improvements at the intersection of Trade Zone Avenue and US 301.

June 6, 2016 – City Council approved Resolution R-18-16 authorizing the City Manager to execute an annexation agreement with Karington, LLC.

In 2016, the developer requested approval of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, asking both Prince George’s County and the City of Bowie for assistance in financing the cost of the project’s infrastructure improvements.   A TIF District was designated by the Prince George’s County Council and approved in 2018. 

Prince George’s County Special Obligation Bond

Current Proposal Documents

South Lake History