Magruder Pointe (WSSC Building)
Magruder Pointe is a proposed housing development to be located at 4017 Hamilton Street, on the site occupied by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's (WSSC) former headquarters. The site consists of two parts: the upper site which currently houses the vacant headquarters building, and a lower site that is currently used as a parking lot.
The applicant, Werrlein Properties, is proposing the construction of single-family homes and townhouses on the property. The plan also creates two "community greens," as well as a large recreational space adjacent to Magruder Park. The applicant first presented their plan to the City Council on February 5, 2018.
Project Process - Updated June 19, 2018
Current zoning laws do not permit development of the townhouses on this site. To proceed with the development as proposed, the applicant must get permission from Prince George's County to construct townhouses on the property. This can be achieved in one of two ways: an amendment to the Table of Uses of the Gateway Arts District Sector Plan, or the rezoning of the property from the underlying zone. Both processes would be achieved through an approved conceptual site plan (CSP) application.
The CSP application does not address the number of units, nor their locations, but is limited exclusively to allowing the development of townhouses on the property. If the application is approved, details on the density, number of units, and project layout must be included in the subsequent preliminary plan of subdivision and detailed site plan applications. Those applications are anticipated in Fall 2018.
In April 2018, the applicant submitted a CSP application with Prince George's County seeking an amendment to the Table of Uses to allow the construction of townhomes. The Hyattsville City Council debated their support of the application for several months before ultimately voting on June 4, 2018, not to support the CSP application seeking an amendment to the Table of Uses.
In early June 2018, the City received notice that the applicant had modified their CSP to utilize the other permissible process: a rezoning. In this application, the applicant stated that they intend to pursue the rezoning of the lower lot to one of the following zones: R-55, R-10A or M-U-I. No other aspects of the proposal have been changed. Because the process used within the CSP has been revised, the application has been sent to the City for an expedited review. Due to the expedited review time frame, the revision to the CSP will not follow the standard process for development applications. Instead, it was discussed at Hyattsville's Planning Committee meeting on June 19, 2018
Project Process - Updated July 10, 2018
In late June 2018, the City received an additional update to the CSP application. In this revision, the applicant is seeking a rezoning of both the lower and upper parcels to the M-U-I (mixed-use infill) zone. As is the case with the referral received in early June, this revision will need an expedited review.
The latest revision to the CSP was discussed at the City Council meeting on July 16, 2018. At the July 16 meeting, the City Council voted not to support a rezoning of the property to M-U-I. The Prince George's County Planning Board heard this application on July 26, 2018. In that meeting, the Planning Board voted to support a rezoning of the lower lot to R-55 instead of M-U-I. They have recommended that the upper parcel stay zoned R-55, as it currently is. Since this application involves a change in land use, it will have a mandatory referral to the District Council (County Council when making land use decisions), which will take place in September 2018.
Project Process - Updated October 24, 2018
On October 12, 2018, Hyattsville was notified that the applicant requested a continuance to bring the project back to the Planning Board. The intent of the continuance is to allow the applicant to file an additional affidavit. The applicant does not intend to make any changes to the plan itself. If the Planning Board agrees to hear the case again, the project will come back to the Planning Board in late November/early December 2018, and will have its mandatory review by the District Council in January 2019.
Conceputal site plan for the property.
A rendering of the proposed homes fronting Hamilton Street.