Tear down the Prince George’s Hospital Center and use the space for luxury high rise condos, retail, and eateries. That’s what I suggest. How many times will the hospital infect babies in the Neonatal ICU (NICU) before the oversight boards realize that the entire hospital is just one big medical disaster? I’ve told you a little about my horrible experience with that hospital. From billing and administration to the medical staff, everything and almost everyone we encountered was fit to be done away with. I have uuuhZERO confidence that they will find and eradicate the source of the Pseudomonas bacteria.
Westphalia Town Center development news is all positive these days. An industry publication reported that, “[the] 310-acre Westphalia Town Center project in Upper Marlboro, Md., just outside Washington, D.C. In a unanimous vote, the Prince George’s County Council gave the green light for the formation of the Westphalia Town Center Development District and the Westphalia Town Center special taxing district… The Council’s recent decision paves the way for the eventual issuing of tax increment financing bonds, which would yield proceeds for the financing of transportation infrastructure surrounding the mixed-use project.”
I spoke with Edward Fleming, COO of Walton Development & Management North America and he assured me that the alarmist headlines from some media outlets that said Westphalia development was trying to avoid foreclosure were totally untrue. The company issued a statement, “Walton wishes to be clear that the loan extensions…are solely the result of it looking to finance the Westphalia project in a different manner and requesting its lenders to work with the corporation to manage the timing gap between the current loan maturities and the timing of potential new financing,” the company disclosed in a prepared statement.” Mr. Fleming told me that they are working hard to bring a anchor grocery store to the Westphalia Town Center. He mentioned they are considering Harris Teeter, Safeway, Giant, and then he said PUBLIX!!! I just about screamed. I love Publix groceries. They have already broke ground in Virginia, but too far out for me (Washington County and Richmond)
The Economic Development Corporation is working on getting more grocery stores into areas of Prince George’s County that have been deemed food deserts. “In developing an in-depth strategy to stem the tide of food deserts in Prince George’s County, the EDC is: 1) meeting with regional headquarters for grocery stores on a regular basis; 2) participating in regional and national conferences to identify and attract new grocers; 3) encouraging current grocery store chains to expand; 4) developing a list of possible backfill grocery stores from outside the area; and 5) utilizing economic development tools such as the Grocery Store Tax Credit and Enterprise Zone Tax Credits,workforce training and employment services, site tours, and attendance at the International Council of Shopping Centers Conference. As a result of these current strategies, five new grocery stores have opened in Prince George’s County in the past 18 months, and a College Park Whole Foods will open this quarter.”
Karington District of Bowie, MD is one of the first items on the District Council’s agenda for Nov. 3rd. The Karrington District is located along Rt. 214/Central Avenue, the railroad track and Rt. 301. I heard mention of this development 6 years ago so I guess this is progress. The bill on the District Council’s agenda would allocate “certain County property taxes and certain County hotel occupancy taxes with respect to the development district to be paid over to the tax increment fund as provided in the Tax Increment” and designate the Karington District as a “development district.” From what I understand, this development almost went up in flames before making it to the table. Eventually NAI Michael emerged as the primary developer; there’s is the name on the paperwork to annex Karington to the city of Bowie and a recent report on Development Sites and Highway Projects in Bowie.
The plan for the 362-acre development is mixed-use, of course, with a 25-acre lake. There is planned a 650,000 square feet of office use, 343,000 square feet of retail use, 2 luxury hotels, 1 conference center, and 1,239 dwelling units, including 490 multi-family apartments, 210 multi-family condominium units, 20 live-work units 120 multi-family senior units, 245 townhouse units and 154 single-family detached unit. According to a Nov. 16th report from the Community Association of South Bowie, “Councilman [Isaac] Trouth said that apartments were taken out of the plan at the Karington development.” Looks like Karington is quickly coming down the pike. The county certainly could use a walkable area like this with a huge lake, luxury hotels/conference centers and restaurants. Stories on this development go all the way back to 2003, but it looks like its really going to happen now or at least be approved to break ground.
Krispy Kreme Donuts is open on Central Avenue in Capitol Heights
Gentrification concerns voiced over Capitol Heights WMATA Development
Metro wants your input on proposed changes to transit facilities on the south side of the New Carrollton Metrorail Station as part of a proposed transit-oriented joint development project. New Carrollton development public hearing will be held Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at Fortis College in Hyattsville, located at 4351 Garden City Drive.
The proposed project concept would be constructed by a private developer and is anticipated to include approximately 200,000 square feet of office space, 250,000 square feet of multi-family residential space and 20,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. With up to 300 spaces for Metrorail commuters, the new parking garage design would also accommodate office and residential parking spaces.