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Governor Martin O'Malley announced Monday plans to move the DHCD to a New Carrolton facility.
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Governor Martin O'Malley announced Monday plans to move the DHCD to a New Carrolton facility.

Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is announcing the relocation of the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development to a ‘soon-to-be-built’ facility in New Carrolton.

The move makes good on a campaign promise O’Malley made to residents of Prince George’s county five years ago to place the headquarters of a state agency in the county. The DHCD is currently located in Anne Arundel County.

The development, called ‘Metroview,’ will house DHCD in a 700,000 square foot mixed-use facility, containing retail and residential space. Located within a short walk of the New Carrolton Metro station, the project part of the governor’s push for so called ‘Transit Oriented Development. Planners hope the easy access to Amtrak, Marc, and Metro including the proposed Purple line light rail, will reduce traffic congestion and encourage economic growth.

“You can live virtually without a car," says O'Malley. "Because of the access to transportation, you can live, work, shop and worship without having to get in the car and spend three hours a day snaking your way through beltway traffic.”

Anne Arundal County executive John Leopold has objected to the move citing a potential hardship to county employees who will need to alter their commute.

In a letter to the state comptroller, Leopold wrote: "Moving around state employees during a time of economic stress is not the right approach.” 

Pending final approval by the state board of public works the complex is slated for completion in the fall of 2013.


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