Luz Lazo | The Washington Post

When construction begins next month on the new headquarters for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, it will mark the beginning of a long-awaited redevelopment of Prince George’s County’s busiest transit hub.

The headquarters, scheduled to open in spring 2015, will anchor a development featuring offices, housing and shops near the New Carrollton Metro station in central Prince George’s.

State and county leaders say they hope the project, and the construction of a Purple Line light-rail station in the area, will spur the kind of growth needed to transform New Carrollton from a place mostly known as a transportation hub into a vibrant urban center.

“We have lagged behind in Metro station area development. This is a breakthrough effort in the county to turn that around,” said David S. Iannucci, a top economic development aide to County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D). “This will create the energy and the momentum to make that area a true transit-oriented area.” {….}