Eleanor Mueller | The Diamondback

Prince George’s County officials are looking for developers to submit designs for an 8.3-acre site across from the College Park Metro Station.

Officials hope to create a transit-oriented community that could include lodging, residential, retail and office space. The development would be tailored toward professionals working in the area or commuting to Washington, College Park Economic Development Coordinator Michael Stiefvater said.

The county filed a request for applications from developers March 13 to present ideas for the space. The request is essentially an open invitation for developers to submit design concepts for consideration by landowners, including the county, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the Castle family, a private party that owns parcels of the land.

“There’s a set of documents including conceptual plans that interested developers must submit by the April 25 deadline,” Stiefvater said.

Stiefvater met with developer representatives March 17 to educate them about the landowners’ expectations for development proposals, College Park District 1 Councilman Fazlul Kabir said.

Stiefavter’s audience was three times the normal size for such information sessions, Prince George’s County spokesman Scott Peterson said.

“There’s a number of parties interested [in developing the site],” Kabir said. “They don’t yet know what will go there, but they’re looking for an office park or mixed-use community.” {….}