As the representative for District 7 on the Prince George’s County Council, Rodney Streeter recognizes the possibilities and opportunities that lie ahead for his constituents. Indeed, the communities located within his district—which include Capitol Heights, District Heights, Hillcrest Heights, Marlow Heights, Morningside, Seat Pleasant, Suitland, Temple Hills, and portions of Forestville and Oxon Hill—are all poised to benefit from the county’s renewed emphasis on smart and responsible development near stations along Metrorail’s Blue Line.
This focus on development opportunities that improve the quality of life in Prince George’s County aligns with Rodney’s approach to leadership. Throughout his more than 20-year career in public service, Rodney has fought for the economic and social betterment of his community. Since winning his seat on the County Council in 2018, Rodney has sought ways to create additional jobs and job training opportunities for his constituents and has worked to make sure that District 7 residents receive their fair share of county resources. He has been a proponent of development that improves the retail mix and encourages a more vibrant and walkable environment.
In a recent newsletter to his constituents, Rodney calls out some of the successes that demonstrate how this re-invigorated central Prince George’s County is coming to life. He highlights Metro City Development, a pedestrian-friendly planned community that will bring town homes, condos, and senior living facilities and retail to the area near the Addison Road Metro Station. This addition is just one example of Prince George’s County’s strategic work to position the Blue Line Corridor as a vibrant and attractive place for residents and businesses.
He also lauds the October 2021 opening of Good Food Market in Seat Pleasant, a grocery store focusing on affordable and nutritious food options. A sorely needed addition to the county, the store fills a critical void in an area formerly considered a “food desert.”
Additionally, he points to the Rollins Avenue Neighborhood Park, which opened June 16, 2021, in Capitol Heights, adding a beautiful natural space with a walking trail, community garden, tennis court, basketball court, dog park, and picnic areas.
“Simply put, our parks enhance communities and bring residents together. The social, environmental, and economic impacts of the Rollins Avenue Neighborhood Park greatly improve our quality of life, now and in years to come,” he stated.
To complement these community wins, Rodney has also helped to bring about and celebrate major new investment and development opportunities, including a $2.5-million federal funding investment for improvements along Suitland Road, which were announced this spring. This development will enhance the areas surrounding the Suitland Federal Center, home to several federal agencies including the Census Bureau, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Satellite Facility, and the National Maritime Intelligence Center.
In addition to his work with the County Council, Rodney has been active with Leadership Prince George’s, Inc., and the Hillcrest Heights Community Association, which represents the interests of the area where he and his wife, Lisa, have lived since 2005.
While encouraged by these successes and buoyed by the influx of federal, state, and county investment, Rodney contends that Prince George’s County residents are critical catalysts for community improvements. He noted, “Our greatest resource is the people of District 7. We share the same priorities: quality schools, safer communities, vibrant neighborhoods, and a clean environment. Let’s remain vigilant, monitor growth and development, and rely on our collective wisdom to keep us moving forward.”