Redevelopment

Redevelopment initiatives honor our past and secure our future as a vibrant community.

Benedict Redevelopment

The village of Benedict has a rich maritime history spanning more than three centuries. As a British landing site in the War of 1812, it boasts strong historic themes, walkability, and abundant waterfront.

In 2012, Charles County completed the Benedict Waterfront Village Revitalization Plan, a community-based vision for the future of Benedict that included improved water access and amenities, infill and redevelopment opportunities, and planned sewer service improvements.

Recent investments furthering this plan include: completion of the Phase I Benedict Boardwalk, Village Gateway enhancements, sewer feasibility study/design, shoreline stabilization, and historic asset documentation and promotion. The County anticipates business opportunities as revitalization and infrastructure projects advance.

Hughesville Revitalization

Hughesville thrived in the 19th and 20th centuries as a central location for Southern Maryland's tobacco trade. Efforts are underway to revitalize the area by bringing in 21st century business while preserving the heritage of the area.

Priorities for Hughesville include new zoning to support a retail/commercial core in the village; streetscape improvements for Old Leonardtown Road; and improvements to the historic "barns" tobacco buildings.

The College of Southern Maryland’s Regional Hughesville Campus will create a new center of activity in the community. The 74-acre campus, which broke ground in 2015, will house a health sciences building, a fine arts center, a field house, athletic fields, and classrooms.

The first phase, the Center for Trades and Energy Training, is now open. It is a 30,000-square-foot building that provides specialized training in career fields with substantial growth potential.

Adjacent to the campus, the Hughesville Station Business Center is a 30-40-acre parcel that lies within the State of Maryland's Priority Funding Area (PFA). Zoning supports professional office users, the health care industry, educational uses, and flex light industrial uses. Its projected development will support economic development in Hughesville.

Indian Head Redevelopment

Naval Support Facility Indian Head is Charles County’s largest employer, employing over 3,400, including scientists and skilled professionals in energetics technologies. In 2016, Indian Head’s value as an economic driver led the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to support it with their Sustainable Communities Program. The program provides ample resources in support of community development.

Since its designation, a mixed-use development strategy was created for the area. The Velocity Center at Indian Head, a 15,000-plus-square foot project, is the first phase of this redevelopment plan, providing workspace “outside the gate” for collaboration and training. This project catalyzes revitalization efforts to come.

La Plata Revitalization

La Plata is the home of Charles County Government, the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, and many area employers. The town has charm, history, and commerce, but lacks a well-defined town center.

In 2016, Charles County Government participated in a redevelopment study. Concepts call for vehicular and pedestrian connections, parking strategies, and housing with a mix of restaurants, retail, and offices.

Waldorf Urban Redevelopment Corridor

This redevelopment initiative will transform the Old Washington Road corridor of downtown Waldorf into a transit-friendly, mixed-use urban center.

After more than a decade of planning, phase one of the project, Waldorf Center, is underway. Waldorf Center aims to deliver a high quality of life, new housing choices, efficient transit, and enhanced economic opportunities. Located on 26 acres north of the intersection of Leonardtown Road (MD Business 5) and Old Washington Road (MD 925), between US 301 and the CSX Railroad, this phase calls for:

  • 130,000-square-feet of commercial space
  • 50,000-square-foot office building
  • 45,000-square-foot civic and events facility
  • 100-room hotel
  • 500 multifamily dwellings
  • Transit station
  • 1,200 structured parking spaces
  • Parks and open spaces

Additional funding includes $30 million dollars in infrastructure through the County’s Capital Improvements Program and private investment.

 

Commemorating our past; paving the way for our future.

 

 

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