Berman Enterprises is planning to break ground in the next few weeks near the New Carrollton Metro on a new headquarters for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, which would be the first state agency to be based in Prince George’s County.

The Rockville-based company started site work late last year in preparation for the planned 113,000-square-foot office building, and Kevin Berman said the company could be ready in the next two or three weeks to hold an official groundbreaking with state representatives on the site at 7800 Harkins Road. That would put the project on track for a completion by the state’s targeted deadline of June 2015, setting the stage for the housing department’s planned move from Crownsville in Anne Arundel County. Berman has retained Falls Church-based architecture firm MGMA to design the new headquarters building and Berman hopes to release renderings for the project in the coming weeks.
Berman Enterprises hopes to break ground in the next few weeks on a new headquarters for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development by the New Carrollton Metro in Prince George’s County.

The Maryland Board of Public Works voted in May 2013 to approve a 15-year lease with Berman Enterprises after severing ties with another developer for the project. State officials, including Gov. Martin O’Malley, said at the time they hoped the project will serve as a catalyst to spark additional commercial, residential and retail developments in the area. The lease, in fact, required that Berman develop 500 residential units and 40,000 square feet of retail space as part of the project’s first phase. Kevin Berman said the company is working through plans for the project’s first residential building, with construction tentatively slated to begin early next year.

The new agency headquarters is one of several large-scale construction projects in the works in Prince George’s County. Others include a new MGM Resorts International casino at National Harbor and potentially a new FBI headquarters if the county wins out in a highly competitive search process being run by the General Services Administration.

Daniel J. Sernovitz
Staff Reporter
Washington Business Journal

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