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Title St. Barnabas-Beech Road Industrial Study and Action Plan 
Author The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission 
Subject st. Barnabas-Beech Road Industrial Study and Action Plan 
Publication Date June 2010 
Source of Copies The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 
Category Brochure, Report, and Special Study 
Cover page
 
Page Number 156
Abstract Located just inside the Capital Beltway and south of Branch Avenue (MD 5), the St. Barnabas-Beech Road study area encompasses a strip commercial corridor and a small industrial center flanked by mid-to-late twentieth century residential and commercial development. As with many of the county's post-World War II commercial areas, new investment has moved away from St. Barnabas Road to farther-out suburbs, leaving behind obsolete commercial buildings, older infrastructure, and a corridor designed primarily for automobiles. The Beech Road industrial area has fared somewhat better since its development in the 1950s, but the proximity of residential development and the southern barrier of Henson Creek and the Capital Beltway has limited the expansion of industrial uses. Many of the industrial area properties also contain older structures, and its public infrastructure shows signs of deterioration. Additionally, development standards of previous decades have created an area with minimal landscaping and screening of operations areas. 
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