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View Poll Results: Developing Property Near Bowie State
Good Idea! When do we build?!?! 12 60.00%
Bad Idea! Are they insane?!?! 5 25.00%
Not sure. Sell me on it. 3 15.00%
Voters: 20. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-30-2011, 08:24 AM
 
Location: It's in the name!
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Prince George’s County weighs options for developing property near Bowie State University (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/prince-georges-county-weighs-options-for-developing-property-near-bowie-state-university/2011/12/27/gIQA5pZVKP_story.html - broken link)

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BOWIE, Md. — A board weighing the fate of 200 acres of property near Bowie State University is expected to make a recommendation next year about what to do with the land.
Among the options for the county-owned land are a mixed-use development and a training facility for the Washington Redskins.

Do you think this is a good idea or a bad one? Or are you not sure? Please explain your answers. (Sounds like an exam question)
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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[Do you think this is a good idea or a bad one?
My only view of Bowie State came from riding the Camden Line for a month. If the property is within a short distance of the train line, I think it is a great idea to encourage residents of the new housing to use public transportation. I think they should plan for some moderate income townhouses and condo, not just SFH's.

I am not in favor of using it as the Redskins training facility. Enough public money has already been spent on those turkeys!
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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PG needs all the development it can get in particular of the commercial variety.
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:46 PM
 
Location: DMV
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I'm in the middle on this one. On one hand that area is definitely under developed, but I think it would be a mistake to rely on the MARC train as something to develop around. The MARC train is very limited and will not bring in the riders that a Metro would. There's a reason why most of their stations and the VRE stations have little to no development around them. I'm okay if they make it a place for people to work at, but if they are looking for a shopping destination it will fail. It is too secluded an area for it to be successful without more traffic to that area and only employment can provide that on a regular basis.
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:12 AM
 
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I agree with meatkins. The MARC limited services defeats the purpose of mixed-used development. Jobs maybe, but a shopping place, people can go down the road for that. Job growth can make use the MARC trains during the weekday.

Environmental impact should be taken into consideration.
This planning shouldn't be rushed. It obviously needs more studying.
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Old 12-31-2011, 03:09 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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The Marc system is limited due to the lack of funding it gets from the state , but there are plans too add trains every 5-10 peak ,and every 30mins off peak. This plan would affect the Penn & Camden lines and future lines to Harrisburg , Warminster , LA Plata. This plan requires 1 Billion in system improvements and more Rail cars....
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:43 AM
 
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The Marc system is limited due to the lack of funding it gets from the state , but there are plans too add trains every 5-10 peak ,and every 30mins off peak. This plan would affect the Penn & Camden lines and future lines to Harrisburg , Warminster , LA Plata. This plan requires 1 Billion in system improvements and more Rail cars....
I would be a little concerned if they would expand it to weekend service in regards to this site. If they get weekend trains then that would be great, but without it, I'm not sure it will work. Most people who go do their major shopping, do it on the weekend. That's why I believe that would be necessary if they do make it a shopping destination.
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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My only view of Bowie State came from riding the Camden Line for a month. If the property is within a short distance of the train line, I think it is a great idea to encourage residents of the new housing to use public transportation. I think they should plan for some moderate income townhouses and condo, not just SFH's.

I am not in favor of using it as the Redskins training facility. Enough public money has already been spent on those turkeys!
Watch your mouth! The Redskins are just one good QB away.
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:09 AM
 
Location: It's in the name!
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I would take the train to Arundel Mills from somewhere like Riverdale. That would be worth it. But I agree that trains should be more frequent and have weekend schedules to support more activity and residents in that area. In addition to trains, you would have to add bus lines, etc. Much is the same for Konterra. How are they going to move all those people in and out of the new development while not causing too much impact to traffic on I-95 and Rt. 1? To be honest, the Green Line could be extended from Greenbelt station to support Konterra. And then continue north along I-95 in phases all the way to BWI with the Bowie development in the works as one of the stops.
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I'm in the middle on this one. On one hand that area is definitely under developed, but I think it would be a mistake to rely on the MARC train as something to develop around. The MARC train is very limited and will not bring in the riders that a Metro would. There's a reason why most of their stations and the VRE stations have little to no development around them. I'm okay if they make it a place for people to work at, but if they are looking for a shopping destination it will fail. It is too secluded an area for it to be successful without more traffic to that area and only employment can provide that on a regular basis.
They're relying on MARC? Yeah have to agree on this one. I mean look at Penn Station in Baltimore it's not exactly booming and the Camden station doesn't appear all that busy either.
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