Client/Builder/Developer: Atapco Ritchie Interchange, Inc.
Location: Ritchie Marlboro Road, Maryland
Size: 110.26 Acres
Zoning: I-1, Light Industrial, Retail
Steeplechase is a 110-acre mixed-use (flex-office/warehouse and retail) development located on the Capital Beltway at the Ritchie Marlboro interchange. Prince George’s County awarded Steeplechase Foreign Trade Zone status because of its excellent visibility and access and it offers 28 individual sites of 50,000 to 500,000 square feet. Initial plan approvals permitted a retail component in the Industrial Zone provided the 10 retail parcels would be subject to Site Plan approval by the Planning Board. This would insure design compatibility in the type of architecture, building materials, signage, entry walls and landscaping between restaurant, gas station, retail and warehouse uses.
The remaining industrial/warehouse parcels are located around a stream and associated wooded areas, floodplains, steep slopes, wetlands and floodplains.
GLW is responsible for site planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering (building and site layout, grading, utility and landscaping) for all of the parcels. Each parcel has a an owner/tenant with a variety of specific needs and specifications such as the legal medical cannabis grower needing massive power facilities located next to the building or another providing temporary storage of stormwater runoff in large underground pipes to maximize the allowable building square footage. Roads, parking and building were located to avoid sensitive environmental features and avoid large amounts of grading. On another parcel, GLW recommended a second opinion regarding a long established wetlands delineation. The wetlands consultant’s new delineation significantly reduced the amount of wetlands which allowed for an increased building square footage and an improved, more functional site design.