Wednesday, March 14, 2007
If plans drawn up by the Andrews Business and Community Alliance come to fruition, 7 million sf of new development might soon surround Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George’s County. This move is seen as a way to retain and build upon the $1.2 billion in annual economic benefit the base – which is also planning to expand - brings the county (similar to what has already been done at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County). While base relocations will bring about 600 new military positions to the base, the amount of work generated and possibility of future increases has the county ready to devise this master plan. The Andrews Business and Community Alliance envisions creating over 5 million sf of office space (focused on defense and technology), 2 million sf of retail, and over 15,000 residential units to surround the base, which encompasses the land bordered by Route 4, Branch Avenue, Old Alexandria Ferry Road and Allentown Road. The Alliance is also looking at a possible extension of Metro's Green Line to Andrews. This project would join nearby development such as a planned $1.4 billion residential and retail complex along Route 4, and a number of residential projects in Camp Springs, just north of the base at the Branch Avenue Metro stop.