BRANCH AVENUE CORRIDOR REVITALIZATION SECTOR PLAN
The purpose of this transit corridor revitalization plan is to set a framework of growth for a major corridor in the Washington DC metro area. The corridor is the major north-south connector between Washington DC and Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties in southern Maryland. The corridor has expanded over the last 5 decades into a crowded arterial highway with high-speed interchanges. The transit authority recently studied and recommended a bus rapid transit or light rail along the corridor, connecting several key communities to the Washington DC Metro system. The corridor plan used these recommendations, along with detailed economic analysis, as the basis for re-thinking growth in an often overlooked part of the region.
Key Project Goals: Take on BRT/LRT transit as a key driver of growth and development by creating compact walkable nodes of development at key stations along the corridor, and create high-quality streetscapes and public spaces connected by walkable and bikable paths; Reduce the land imbalance caused by overbuilt retail, and infuse the corridor with spending power by adding higher density residential and office buildings, and reduce and concentrate retail into neighborhood centers within a walking distance of communities.
Awards: 2015 AIA Potomac Valley Honor Award; 2014 AIA Maryland State Component Award