The College Park Metro station will be unrecognizable in a few years.
The Prince George’s County planning board has approved preliminary plans for an apartment and retail building just south of the Metro stop on River Road.
A plot of land just north of the development will also be spruced up with new landscaping and bikeshare stations, according to the Prince George’s Sentinel.
“Other tasks detailed as conditions for approval by the planning board staff include updating the nearby bike and pedestrian tunnel with lighting and paint, replacing and relocating old and damaged signage in the area, and adding crosswalks through nearby streets,” the Sentinel noted.
The apartment complex is not the only change in the area. The nearby Discovery District research park has become a hip place for businesses, and the Purple Line will soon come through the area, even bringing with it some new public art.
The College Park Metro may have been in an out-of-the-way location when it was built, but it won’t stay that way much longer.