Situated on a wooded campus of over 200 acres in Prince George’s County, the majority of the two dozen Georgian Revival buildings of the Glenn Dale Tuberculosis Hospital and Sanatorium date from the 1930s. Once the area’s largest employer, Glenn Dale hospital was closed in 1981. Vacant since, and a bit of a white elephant, strong community efforts have pushed this project along to rehabilitation and reuse.
Preservation Maryland supports the Maryland Heritage Area Authority, and each of the Heritage Areas – every county and Baltimore City are served by the Authority’s heritage and cultural tourism promotion and dollar-for-dollar grants. When the Maryland Heritage Area Authority heard testimony on the proposed expansion of the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, we supported the motion:
Six-to-Fix Update: Alexander Company selected for Glenn Dale Hospital Feasibility Study
02/16/2017 By Meagan Baco
Thanks to Preservation Maryland’s involvement, active efforts to breathe new life in to the long vacant Glenn Dale Hospital in Prince George’s County have taken a major step forward with the selection of a qualified team to complete a redevelopment feasibility study; The Alexander Company.
As part of the Six-to-Fix effort, Preservation Maryland staff as served on the Proposal Analysis Group to offer expert preservation guidance – and act as a liaison to the larger Glenn Dale community – in the selection process. Previously, the Alexander Company has worked in Maryland on the redevelopment of the National Park Seminary in Silver Spring.
Preservation Maryland Executive Director, Nicholas Redding, explained, “This is exactly what we hoped would happen when we selected this threatened site as a Six-to-Fix project in 2015. It was a stalled project for nearly 30 years and we’re proud to have helped to push it forward to this point. There’s much work that remains, but we’re pleased with the progress so far and proud to have been involved.”
Alexander Company will present their proposal and portfolio to the larger Glenn Dale community at a public meeting on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 in Lanham. The surrounding community has been very active in finding a suitable development partner for the historic property while keeping historic preservation and open space conservation at the forefront. Sponsoring the meeting are Prince George’s County Common Council Members Todd Turner, Andrea Harrison, and Dannielle Glaros.
The property is currently owned by the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, who coordinated with the Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority to manage the Request for Proposal process that took place throughout 2016.