The College Park Metro station could get apartments and shops soon.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is seeking public comments on a proposal for two buildings with 430 apartments and ground-floor retail on the site of a five-acre parking lot.
The plan fits WMATA’s recent strategy of encouraging housing and retail next to train stations, especially ones that used to be built more for suburban commuters.
Apartments have already been built within a half-mile of the Prince George’s Plaza station, while the West Hyattsville station could get townhomes, apartments and retail. The Brookland, Fort Totten and Greenbelt stations have also been built up.
It also reflects the potential that the planned Purple Line—which includes a stop at the College Park station—could draw out of the College Park corridor.
That’s good news for College Park, as the area around the station includes a number of larger lots that could be redeveloped into housing and retail if the area starts to take off.