Burtonsville Commercial Revitalization
The Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) became involved in the Burtonsville commercial core area along MD Route 198 after the realignment of US Route 29 (Old Columbia Pike). The new route by-passed local shopping districts. Additionally, the State of Maryland made plans to realign MD Route 198, causing the County to consider alternate options for local traffic such as the Burtonsville Access Road (or ‘ring road’), which would provide access from behind the current buildings.
In order to address these stresses to the business community, DHCA sponsored the Burtonsville Market Study (2007), which showed that the area would face additional challenges from upcoming nearby development. Next, the Burtonsville Community Legacy Plan (2008), created short term and long term goals for the area and qualified the area for potential State development funding. The East County Citizens Advisory Board and the wider community provided significant input, especially through community meetings.
Based on the recommendations of the Community Legacy Plan, DHCA worked with the community to establish streetscape standards for future sidewalks in 2009. The Burtonsville Streetscape Analysis and Recommendations Report (2010) created ideas for short-term strengthening measures centered on the north side of MD Route 198. These recommendations included improved facades and signage for the retail buildings.
DHCA instituted both a Façade Easement Program (2010) and a Retail Center Signage Easement Program (2011). Under these programs to date, three façade renovations have been completed, one is under construction with others pending. Four new retail center signs, including parking lot illumination, are also underway.
MD Route 198 in Burtonsville