County Landscape Changing (Demo)

Former RoomStore on Branch Avenue Sold to God’s Universal Kingdom Christian Church, Inc.  They just filed for bankruptcy last year though.  Ok dokey then. The church has locations in Hyattsville, Landover, and Capitol Hill DC.
Two sites are being considered for the new Prince George’s County hospital and medical campus:   Acreage near Largo Town Center Metro station and the shuttered Landover Mall on Rt. 202.
Golf Course and Country Club at Woodmore  under new ownership.  Thriving since it’s renovation and redesign.
Church PodiumFrom Next Realty Mid-Atlantic is pleased to announce that it has sold the former RoomStore located at 4350 Branch Avenue, in Marlow Heights, MD. The property was owned by an undisclosed seller. This was one of the last remaining stores in the portfolio. The sale of this 36,000 square foot free-standing store was executed in May, 2013. Brannon Blazer and George Galloway of Next Realty Mid-Atlantic, (NRMA) worked on the deal. God’s Universal Kingdom Christian Church, Inc. purchased the property for an undisclosed price, and plans to use it as their ministry headquarters.
 The building is 36,000 square feet on 2 levels (18,000sf/level) with high ceilings, open layouts, a loading dock in the rear and a freight elevator. “The site is really well located in a market that is seeing a lot of growth and with strong retail close by including Iverson Mall,” said George Galloway, president, NRMA. This property has great visibility, signage and 75 onsite parking. “Few free standing sites of this size ever come on the market and it is large enough to accommodate a variety of uses” said Galloway. The property is easily visible from Branch Avenue (69,351 AADT) and signage is available on two sides of the building.
hospital interiorThe old Landover Mall location just off the Capitol Beltway and Rt. 202, and another a location at the Largo Metro Station are now the two remaining selections for Prince George’s County new hospital campus.   The board of Dimensions Healthcare System, which oversees county-owned medical facilities, voted unanimously Thursday July 25th to send letters to Maryland health officials endorsing Largo Town Center and the shuttered Landover Mall as possible locations for the hospital.  NBC Washington’s Tracee Wilkins reported, “There are more people who need care and fewer opportunities for them to access care,” said Maryland State Delegate Melony Griffths, a spokesperson for Greater Baden Medical Services.  Greater Baden’s Capitol Heights clinic is located in a community considered an at-risk health zone.  “We know when compared with neighboring jurisdictions, our citizens die earlier than those of neighboring jurisdictions that have more access to health care,” Griffiths said. That’s why Prince George’s officials want a regional medical care facility in the center of the county. “It provides better, more proximate care to our citizens; it creates jobs; and then it brings in state and local tax revenue,” said Prince George’s County Chief Administrative Officer Brad Seaman

Landover Mall photo by djcn0te on Flickr
Landover Mall

The Washington Post reported,Plans call for the 259-bed hospital to be part of a full-service medical complex and trauma center, offering high-end specialities and general care. There would be offices for private practices, a parking garage and possibly classrooms for medical professionals who also might train at nearby Prince George’s Community College in Largo. The hospital, expected to open in 2017 as part of the University of Maryland Medical System, would serve Prince George’s and Southern Maryland.  
The two sites in contention each have advantages, Seamon said. The Largo site, at the Boulevard at Capital Centre, is on 70 acres of county-owned land next to a Metro station and close to the Capital Beltway. There is an additional 30 acres in adjacent parcels owned by two private developers.  The 88-acre Landover Mall site is nearly vacant — only a Sears store remains. It is close to the Capital Beltway and about 11 / 3 miles from the Largo Town Center Metro station. Landover Mall is owned by the Lerner family, which also owns the Washington Nationals baseball team. Cheryl Cort of the Coalition for Smarter Growth is pushing for Largo Town Center but said Landover Mall is ripe for redevelopment. “It is crying out for something to happen at the mall,” she said. “But something as important as the hospital should not be so far from transit.”
Woodmore Country ClubConcert Golf Partners recently acquired the Country Club at Woodmore and initiated a major makeover, reported The Capital Gazette.  While the course was ranked No. 10 in the Mid-Atlantic Region by Golf Digest, it was in need of a few renovations and upgrades. “Woodmore is a fantastic golf course, a historic golf course. However, it had fallen into a bit of disrepair under the previous management,” said Peter Nanula, president of Concert Golf Partners. “We will invest in capital improvements that will restore the course to its original luster. We are polishing a gem, so to speak.”
 Jon Patrick, a 15-year veteran of the golf course business, was hired as general manager of Woodmore. Patrick previously spent three years in the same position at Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston, Va., which has 650 members. Brandon Collins serves as superintendent while certified PGA head professional John Kauzlarich is Director of Golf.  “We’re pleased to have added dozens of new members since taking over. I think a lot of the current members were waiting until we started putting capital into the course before inviting their friends,” Nanula said.
Good news!  I was shocked to read that the course was redesigned by golf great Arnold Palmer in 1981.

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