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Master-planned Multifamily Redevelopment Underway in Glenarden, Maryland

November 29, 2017

Officials and dignitaries celebrated the groundbreaking of Glenarden I, the first phase of the comprehensive master-planned redevelopment of the former Glenarden Apartments. The overall redevelopment of this 27-acre site will be conducted in four phases, and accomplish the complete transformation of a formerly vacant property into a vibrant new neighborhood of over 430 rental apartments and homes, both affordable and market-rate. The project is being undertaken through a public/private partnership between Pennrose, the Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County, B&W Solutions Inc, and SHABACH! Ministries, Inc., (SMI), with critical support from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Prince George’s County, the City of Glenarden, and Mayor Edward Estes.

The new neighborhood will be thoughtfully designed, walkable, and green, with a diverse array of housing types and amenities. The property will be developed on the former site of the 578-unit distressed Glenarden Apartments complex. Foreclosed on by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, it was subsequently acquired by the Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County and demolished in 2014. The comprehensive redevelopment plan for the new neighborhood was created with considerable local community collaboration and input through several community planning sessions, meetings with the Glenarden City Council and community members, and with other stakeholders.

“Throughout the planning process, the development team was committed to community involvement at every stage,” said Ivy Dench-Carter, regional vice president with Pennrose Properties, LLC. “The dialogue helped establish very specific goals for walkability, open space, density, affordability, and more, which will all be achieved upon completion.”

Speakers at the ceremony included: Rushern L. Baker, III, county executive, Prince George’s County; Andrea C. Harrison, council member, District 5, County Council of Prince George’s County; Eric Brown, director, Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development; Howard Ways, executive director, Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority; Matt Heckles, assistant secretary, Community Development Administration,  Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development; Edward Estes, mayor, City of Glenarden; Cynthia J. Terry, president, SHABACH! Ministries, Inc.; Ivy Dench-Carter, regional vice president, Pennrose Properties, LLC.

“The Glenarden community has long awaited the transformation of the development and I am excited to see us breaking ground on this important project that will bring mixed-income rental apartments and homes for families and seniors,” said County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.  “Today, we are not just breaking ground on a new project, we are breaking ground on the renaissance of this community.  This is not happening by accident.  My administration has been focused on redevelopment throughout Prince George’s County for the last seven years, using creative methods to take on projects that other have said could not be done.  This effort is a wonderful model of partnership and commitment to revitalize an area of the county that has been overlooked for too long.  I want to thank all the partners Pennrose Properties, the Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority, Prince George's County Councilmember Andrea Harrison, the Revenue Authority of Prince George's County, B&W Solutions Inc., and SHABACH! Ministries, Inc., (SMI), along with support from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and the City of Glenarden.”

“The groundbreaking at Glenarden is a major accomplishment,” says Howard Ways, executive director of the Redevelopment Authority. “This development provides for multiple housing choices – rental, senior, for sale townhouses- within a community that previously did not have such options. Pennrose has been a great partner with the Redevelopment Authority and I look forward to many more groundbreakings.”

Designed by Marks, Thomas Architects and Arel Architects and constructed by Harkins Builders, the 114 new affordable and market-rate apartment homes for families and seniors will be constructed in nine buildings across a nearly 7-acre portion of the larger site. The project will feature an attractive blend of townhouse-style buildings with two- and three-bedroom townhome and stacked floorplans. A larger 4-story senior apartment building will feature one and two-bedroom units and an array of amenity spaces including a large multipurpose room with a kitchen and large countertop, an outdoor patio, a coffee bar in the lobby, a café/library, an in-house management suite and a fitness rom. The 5,900 square foot clubhouse will feature its own multi-purpose space, an additional fitness center, separate management suite, a resource center, locker rooms, a kitchenette, an outdoor patio with a grill, and a tot-lot. The community will be professionally managed by Pennrose Management Company.

The second phase of Glenarden will add 55 units of affordable senior housing, affordable and market-rate apartments, two pools, and additional open space. The remaining phases of the redevelopment will add more market-rate rental apartment homes and for-sale homeownership opportunities, including those with affordable financing options.

The $34 million Phase I project is being funded through a variety of sources, with over $16 million of funds made possible through an allocation of 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Other sources include Partnership Rental Housing funds from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, infrastructure funds from Prince George’s County, and a private loan. Additional funding was provided by Hudson Housing Capital, LLC and Capital One, National Association.