Lt. Governor Brown Joins Secretary Skinner at RFI Pre-Bid Conference in Prince George's County
LARGO, Md. (July 23, 2010) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown today joined Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Secretary Ray Skinner, state officials from the Departments of Planning and Transportation, Prince George’s County officials, members of the community, commercial landowners, developers and other interested parties at a Request for Expressions of Interest pre-bid conference concerning the planned move of DHCD headquarters to a transit-oriented complex in Prince George’s County. The Lt. Governor provided brief remarks and answered questions about the relocation.
“Governor O’Malley and I are very excited that DHCD will be moving to a SmartGrowth, transit-oriented location in Prince George’s County. We are confident that this decision will encourage additional economic development and investment in the community,” Lt. Governor Brown said. “We are committed to transit-oriented development and sustainable growth strategies that protect Maryland’s high quality of life.”
Governor Martin O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown announced last month that the State will begin the process to move DHCD into Prince George’s County. Relocating the 330+ employee agency to Prince George’s County serves as a milestone in the Governor’s transit-oriented development vision for state agencies. Further, the move brings an agency dedicated to neighborhood revitalization closer to one of the population centers it serves most, while promoting smart growth and sustainable communities. In FY 2010, DHCD invested the largest amount of mortgage financing in Prince George’s County.
TOD is a critical component of the State’s Smart, Green and Growing initiative aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, sprawl development and traffic congestion, while fostering economic growth. TOD creates compact, walkable neighborhoods around transit stations and increases transit ridership by creating destinations within a short walk of stations. It also offers residents a convenient commute to jobs, shopping and entertainment in the region. The Governor announced 14 locations in June throughout Maryland that will receive priority for state development assistance.
Relocating DHCD to Prince George’s County would have a significant economic stimulating impact as well. Locating DHCD in existing leased space or in new development would help unlock the economic development potential of the County, establishing a commercial market for developers drawing investment in retail and residential space, creating jobs and stimulating further development. Further, the relocation places more than 330 employees into the County, creating a greater need for restaurants, retail, and other services in surrounding areas.
Lt. Governor Brown lives in Prince George’s County and represented the County in the General Assembly from 1999 until being sworn in as Lt. Governor in 2007.