South Lake

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South Lake  – The 381-acre mixed-use property was annexed by the City in 2019. As planned, the mixed-use development includes 555,000 sq. ft. to 620,000 sq. ft. of retail/office uses, three hotels with a total of 375 to 400 rooms/keys; and 1360 dwelling units including 325 multifamily apartment units, 128 two-family attached condominium units, 563 townhouse units and 344 single family detached units. 

Project Snapshot

Proposal: A total of 1,360 dwelling units, 555,000 sq. ft. to 620,000 sq. ft. of retail/office space and 375 to 400 hotel rooms/keys.  The entire site is currently being graded for infrastructure installation.

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 Plan for 1,035 dwelling units, 5,272 sq. ft. clubhouse and recreational amenities (under review 2019) Second Stakeholder Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. 
  4. 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 re-configuring 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. 

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Project Plans

South Lake History