Casino, Chipotle, Mouse Poo, and Mixed Use Boon

Strayer University at Branch Avenue, Chipolte coming to Woodmore, Mixed use developments on the rise, Compromised Skate Palace Pizza

A building permit application was filed by Strayer University, Huntersville, N.C. to construct an $80 million building for classrooms at 5110 Auth Way, near the Branch Avenue Metro station, Suitland.  Ok, so if the county and WMATA is able to woo a federal agency  into moving to the Branch Avenue metro site, Strayer University will already be there to assist with any training and certification needs.  Strayer and federal campus dwellers need some place to eat and buy stockings so hopefully more businesses will follow.

ChipotleChipotle. Petrie Ross Ventures, Annapolis. A building permit application was filed for interior alterations for a Chipotle restaurant at 2250 Petrie Lane, Glenarden, in the Woodmore Towne Center.
Business Feature3 Mixed-use projects were approved by the County. One in Brandywine and the Whole Foods development in Riverdale.   Brandywine Investment Associates of La Plata had their site plan approved for a mixed-use project on 44.3 acres,  to include 191 townhouses and 218,500 square feet of retail and office space in the northwest corner of Route 301 and Chaddsford Road, Brandywine.  The Whole Foods and mixed use project from Calvert Tract was approved for development by the Cafritz property.  The much ballyhooed project will  include 981 residential units in a mix of townhouses and apartments, a Whole Foods grocery store and 187,277 square feet of commercial space. The 37.7-acre property is at 6667 Baltimore Ave., Riverdale Park.
 Kiplinger Washington Editors, of WDC had their rezoning application approved to change the Kiplinger property from commercial to mixed-use space to include 870 apartments and 34,000 square feet of retail space at the southwest corner of Editors Park Drive and East West Highway, Hyattsville.
Roller SkateAnother Prince George’s County Business was on the wrong side of reporting this week.  Skate Palace in Temple Hills made an extremely bad showing on WUSA9 with Russ Ptacek.  It was reported that the health inspectors sited them for mouse droppings on the pizza and throughout the kitchen.  EEEWWW!!!  And the manager is going IN on Russ. 

Table Games CasinoWhat most people thought would be a forum to include comments and questions on the potential locations for the coming casino in Prince George’s County turned out to be a presentation with no questions allowed.  The Gazette and The Patch reported a very bad showing for the Prince George’s County Council because they initially announced that residents would be able to share concerns about Prince George’s County’s new casino location at a community-wide meeting this week. The council conducted a short meeting July 10 with no opportunities for public comment. County Councilman Obie Patterson (D-Dist. 8) of Fort Washington told the standing-room-only crowd of 300 persons that the meeting was to provide an update on the site selection process and public hearings would not begin until late September or October.
Some quotes from The Gazette article show just how the community was expecting to have an interactive meeting:
“I thought we would have a chance to put in our input and I was surprised,” said Marvin H. Simpson, vice president of the Caltor Manor Civic Association, a 400-household Fort Washington subdivision that is within a quarter of a mile and five miles away from each of the three sites. “I was upset when I first went in there because of all the rumors that we heard, but after I got there I got a much better understanding. I just can’t wait until we can get to a forum where we can get to ask questions.”
Forest Heights Mayor Jacqueline Goodall said National Harbor being selected would create too much congestion for residents near National Harbor.  “People aren’t going to be able to leave their homes,” Goodall said.



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Thanks for reporting on the development happening in Prince George’s County. I got a chance to speak with Angela Wright of the Prince George’s County EDC this week and she says a lot of good things are happening in the County and that surrounding jurisdictions have taken notice of Prince George’s County’s leadership putting the pedal to the medal to make great things happen. One thing she could use help on is being able to communicate information about these great things from the top to the residents. She is looking for innovative and cost efficient ways to get the word out to residents and to market the County to tourists. I would add to that risk takers, entrepreneurs, and people that do all things ‘indie” and are in training for their big break. Come on to Prince George’s County and bring your talent. We will give you a platform to perform and grow. This will put us on the map when you get your big break!

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