Two higher-income residential communities, the Hamlet and Longleaf, are planned for a developing area in Prince George's County midway between Washington and Annapolis.
The communities, east of Bowie and scheduled to be annexed by it, will open a new sector of the county for development by bringing in water and sewer services. Lot sales to builders will begin at Longleaf this year and at the Hamlet next year if the county approves the plans.
Bowie, the most active market in the county for new-home sales, accounted for nearly half the 371 new home sales in Prince George's County last year.
Three state highways intersect there: U.S. 50, which connects Washington with Annapolis and the Eastern Shore; Route 3, which runs to Baltimore, 18 miles north; and U.S. 301, which runs south 12 miles to the county seat of Upper Marlboro.
The new developments will be in the largely undeveloped southeast quadrant of the intersection of U.S. 50 and 301, separated from U.S. 50 by a narrow strip.
The Hamlet is planned for a 30-acre site that had fronted U.S. 301 until a local road was realigned. A group of regional developers, Route 301 Associates LP, planned a sports medicine center there but changed to a mixed-use development after the zoning was revised in 1991.
The Hamlet will have 200 to 250 townhouses priced at $180,000 to $200,000 and a village center with retailing and services such as banking.
Longleaf's developer, Donatelli & Klein of Bethesda, plans a community of 252 one-family houses on 113 acres of a 200-acre fTC parcel, once part of a tobacco farm, next to the Patuxent River. The project of $190,000 to $300,000 houses on 10,000-square-foot lots will include amenities such as a pool and clubhouse.
Just south of the residential sites, the Maryland National Capitol Park and Planning Commission has planned a baseball stadium for the Bowie Baysox, a AA minor-league team for the Baltimore Orioles.