Department Presents Fairmont Heights High School Economic Study

The Community Planning Division hosted an information session January 23 at the Cedar Heights Community Center to share with local residents, elected officials, and other stakeholders the results of the Fairmont Heights High School Economic Study and introduce the larger Fairmont Heights High School Adaptive Reuse Feasibility Study.

The session focused on the recently completed market analysis that will inform the larger study. The market analysis, prepared by the consulting firm STV, Inc. and their subcontractor, Partners for Economic Solutions (PES), identifies economically viable reuse options for the site of the former Fairmont Heights High School.

The consultant presented an analysis of demographic data, growth patterns and the investment climate, while considering the transportation infrastructure, including the Cheverly and Deanwood Metro stations. The school and its 15-acre property were designated as a Prince George’s County Historic Site in 2010, although little evidence remains of the original circa-1950 structure. The school has been vacant since 2017.

A wide range of stakeholder groups participated in the information session, including the Fairmont Heights High School Alumni Association, Glenarden Civic Association and Fairmount Park Civic League, Prince George’s County Public Schools, the offices of Governor Larry Hogan, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, and State Senators Joanne Benson and Obie Patterson.

The project team extends a special thanks to Councilmembers Jolene Ivey (District 5) and Calvin Hawkins, II (At-Large), Historic Preservation Commission Chairman John Peter Thompson, Fairmount Heights Mayor Lillie Thompson-Martin, Cheverly Mayor Michael Callahan, and members of the Fairmount Heights Town Council and Glenarden City Council.

At the next community meeting, community members will be invited to take part in a “mini-charrette” to inform the Fairmont Heights High School Feasibility Study, scheduled for publication later this year.

Read the full Economic Study here.

Find out more about Fairmont Heights High School and the study here.

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