PGCo Business News: New Hospital, Power Plant (Demo)

A lot is going on in Prince George’s County.  A new casino, Tanger Outlets opening in November, groundbreaking at Westphalia Town Center in Upper Marlboro, New Carrollton’s development as the new downtown Prince George’s and the addition of a state agency, Brickyard Station nearing completion in Beltsville/Laurel, a new hospital complex, WholeFoods development in Riverdale, Hyattsville evolving into a major corridor for the arts and food destinations.  Now we have word that Largo will be the site of the new hospital, Greenbelt go-ahead from O’Malley could get the geddy-up to further woo the FBI into relocating there, and Brandywine has a new power plant coming that will add more than a billion dollars to county revenue.
Bradford L. Seamon, a Dimensions board member, top aide to Baker and a member of the hospital site search committee has confirmed that Largo Town Center will be where Prince George’s County new hospital and medical campus will be built.  The old Landover Mall, right off of Route 202, was also being considered but the site requires too much repair and infrastructure building to make it fit for such a venture.  The Largo new medical facility site, located across from the Largo Town Center Metro station, will be built on 70 acres of county owned land and 30 acres privately owned by NAI Michael.  A prime partner in NAI Michael is Wayne Curry, former Prince George’s County Executive and current chair of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation.  The new hospital and medical campus will replace the old Prince George’s hospital in Cheverly.  I honestly think we need both.  Maybe the old site could be a health and wellness center that focuses on preventative care, fitness, and health outreach programs.  Just my .2.
See the story at NBC4 for video.  I have the hardest time embedding their video so it’s easier for you to just click HERE for the story.
FBIFeaturedImageWTOP reported on the unfolding drama with wooing the FBI to Greenbelt, “Last month, Gov. Martin O’Malley approved improvements to the Greenbelt Metro station. If the FBI chooses to relocate to Prince George’s County, it’s likely the project will be fast tracked.  Drivers can only directly access the station from the inner loop of the Capital Beltway when entering the Greenbelt Metro. Outer loop drivers must use exit 23 at Kenilworth Avenue, turn left onto Cherrywood Lane and look for Metro station signs.  When leaving the station, drivers can only access the outer loop. No ramp exists to the inner loop. Drivers wishing to take the inner loop must take the outer loop to Route 1, then turn left, cross the Capital Beltway, then re-enter on the inner loop.
 The $7 million project will go toward designing a full interchange and upgrading the existing partial interchange on the Capital Beltway at the station. But so far, no construction dollars have been allocated. However, that could quickly change if the FBI decides to relocate to Greenbelt. A stipulation to the move would likely include an improvement to the Greenbelt station.  “All of these projects are done in phases and as we move continue to move forward, the next phase would be construction. Maryland is moving aggressively towards getting the design done,” says Darrell Mobley, acting director of the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation.
 Mobley would know because he was the Deputy Secretary of Transportation in Maryland from 2011 until 2012 before becoming the Acting Secretary of Transportation from 2012 until June 2013.  While the Maryland State Highway Administration will head the project, Mobley has connections to the agency and his name is well-known to it.  “I wouldn’t say the project is several years away [from completion], it could be as quickly as maybe a year-and-a-half to two years. You should’ve expect to see it tomorrow, but there are certainly a number of different ways you can advance a project to construction,” he says.
panda_power_funds_logoPanda Power Funds is set to build a power plant in Brandywine, MD.  Citybiz reported, “Panda Power Funds announced that it intends to build, own and operate an 859-megawatt combined-cycle power plant in an industrial-zoned area of Brandywine, Maryland. Once complete, the natural gas-fueled generating station will be able to supply the power needs of approximately 859,000 homes in the Greater Maryland / Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The facility is expected to contribute approximately $1.2 billion to the area’s economy during construction and the plant’s first 10 years of operation.  The state-of-the-art Panda Mattawoman plant will utilize the latest, most advanced emissions-control technology, making it one of the cleanest, most efficient natural gas-fueled power plants in the nation.”   The plant will be located between Air Force Road and the CSX rail line off Brandywine Road.  According to Panda Power, the power plant will be designed with large setbacks, low sight lines, trees and berms to hide it from view and preserve local home values.


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