Stadium or not, House Panel approves $ 400 million to develop entertainment and sports facilities in Prince George County

Efforts to create a vibrant hub in Prince George’s central district progressed Monday when a House committee approved $ 400 million for an area the district leaders call the Blue Line Corridor.

Prince George’s County leaders have embarked on efforts to create a vibrant mixed-use development along the Blue Metro Line in the Largo / Landover area. The artwork shows Largo Town Center (center) and FedEx Field, home of the Washington Commanders (top left). Picture of the Prince George County Government.

Efforts to create a vibrant hub in Prince George’s central district progressed Monday when a House committee approved $ 400 million for an area the district leaders call the Blue Line Corridor.

The Appropriations Committee has added funds to the measure, Bill 897, which is approving $ 200 million for the renovation of a small league baseball stadium across the state.

The bill is a companion to House Bill 896, which would provide $ 1.2 billion to upgrade Oriola Park to Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium. The Appropriations Commission voted on Monday to send the measure home.

Prince George’s funds are a top priority for District Executive Director Angela D. Alsobrooks (D). If they survive the legislative process unscathed, they could be used to support the Meriveder Post-style convention center and / or amphitheater in the general vicinity of FedEx Field, home of Washington Commanders.

District officials say the funds could also support the construction of a sports field where residents could play basketball and volleyball, a library, a cultural center, a market and / or a town square. The bill, as drafted, would exclude the use of funds at a professional football stadium.

District and state officials stressed Monday that the new facilities will progress regardless of whether Washington commanders decide to build a new stadium in the district or not.

The team is in talks with state and local officials in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia about the new stadium. Governor Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) said last month that Maryland would like to keep the team, but that they will not enter the “war of competition” to do so. Virginia officials were expected to compile an incentive package, but Governor Glen Yangkin (right) and the state legislature have not yet reached an agreement.

Prince George’s leaders welcomed Monday’s vote.

“Our community has not received much investment over the years, so this is huge. “Whether the stadium stays or not,” Dell said. Nick Charles (D-Prince George), chairman of the county delegation. “From Largo to Capitol Heights, to have this kind of investment that we have never had in that part of Prince George County is huge.

A Hogan spokesman said he was “a strong supporter of the district’s economic development priorities.”

“As with any law, he will review everything that the General Assembly sends to his table,” spokesman Michael Richie added.

Another amendment to the state capital budget law, which was approved on Monday, would approve $ 200 million in advance, which could be used if the US Public Service Administration decides to build a new headquarters for the FBI in Greenbelt or New Carrollton.

Approved means of transport Montgomery

Montgomery County also won the Appropriations Committee on Monday.

The commission voted to approve $ 27 million a year to fund a new or future high-speed bus project. The district launched a BRT line on Route 29 in 2020, but officials expect a new service along two other frequently congested roads, Rockville Pike (MD 355) and Weirs Mill Road (MD 586).

“As a national leader in high-speed bus transportation, we are grateful for the long-term investment in mass transportation in Montgomery County and across the country,” said Montgomery County Executive Director Mark B. Elrich (D). “Bus Rapid Transit is a capital-based vehicle that has proven to be cost-effective, and with this investment, Montgomery County will be able to expand its mass transport options by providing greater access and mobility to our residents.”

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