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The 2003 DPZ plan also features markedly increased density. From approximately 2800 units, the plan calls for an increase of more than 2100 units to nearly 5000. Subsequent negotiation between AIMCO, DPZ, and the city of Greenbelt resulted in an even more robust plan of up to 5800 units. Consistent with New Urbanist practice of incorporating neo-traditional design, the DPZ plan calls for emulation of the residential forms of Old Greenbelt and the housing of Connecticut Avenue in Washington, DC.46 Where the planning and construction of the Capital Beltway in the 1960s opened a market for the Springhill Lake development, the 1990s expansion of the green Metro line and the growth of the federal capital region have made higher density in the area more economically feasible. No alterations of the courses of existing roads were planned. Upon approval, development would proceed in phases stretching over approximately 10 years.
“Springhill Lake.” Project summary, 2003. http://www.dpz.com. Accessed 18 July 2005.