MGM Forum, Golf Course Going, Ritchie Station Coming

University of Maryland Golf Course could become a part of Route 1 and link to Interstate 95
Prince George’s County Council makes no decision on Whole Foods Market.  
Ritchie Station Marketplace stores allegedly set to open September 2013
MGM International to hold forum for businesses that want to work with them if WHEN they receive the coveted Prince George’s gambling license.
UniversityofMarylandTurtlePowerDeveloper Greenberg Gibbons is considering whether to propose building an “academic village” that would replace the university golf course and alter traffic flows.  Diamondback newspaper reported, “The plan to develop a village that would include academic, athletic and recreational amenities could potentially ease traffic on Route 1 by linking the campus and Interstate 95.  Brian Gibbons — the CEO of Greenberg Gibbons, the firm that presented university President Wallace Loh with a preliminary idea in July — said his firm is still deciding whether to move ahead with the proposal, several groups and activists have mobilized to oppose a potential development project.
 Loh declined to discuss the potential proposal, other than to say, “If [Gibbons] wants to submit a formal proposal, I’d be very open to reviewing it.” If Gibbons, a university alumnus and parent of a current student, does submit a proposal for the development, which would cost more than $100 million, it will be made public to the university community for extensive review and comment, he said. “Route 1 is already a failing highway now, and it is projected to get much worse,” Gibbons said in a statement to The Diamondback. “This will make it ultimately impossible to attract or approve high-quality amenities near the campus.”
whole_foods-logoI can barely keep up with the wrangling going on in with the Council, Cafritz developers, and Riverdale Town Center opponents.  Looks like the Prince George’s County Council just punted the ball a bit and now will have to meet again on the matter of Whole Foods.  The high point is that the deadline for them making this decision is November 8th; probably will drain everyday between now and then instead of making a speedy decision.  From the Washington Post, “The Prince George’s District Council on Monday decided to continue debate over a proposed development project in Riverdale Park that would include the construction of a Whole Foods Market.
 The District Council—the name the County Council takes when it reviews land-use matters—heard an appeal case of a decision made last Spring by the Planning Board in favor of the $250 million project . The plan, one of the most controversial projects in the county in recent years, could come back for more discussion and a vote later this month. A deadline for a decision is November 8.”
Ritchie Station RenderingAccording to information from development company NAI Michael, Ritchie Station Marketplace will open the Bed Bath & Beyond, TJ Maxx, Dollar Tree, Big Lots, and Modells will open this month.  After checking with the NAI Michael to verify this month as the big date, I have word that they are “moving ahead as fast as possible on construction” but the exact dates for tenant openings are not set.  Good thing I didn’t ride over there looking to buy a pedometer, snacks, work clothes, and some workout pants.  Oh but I will.  Thanks to NAI Michael for a quick and honest response.  PGC Blog appreciates that!!
MGM National HarborFor businesses that may want to work with the MGM international resort giant if  when the company wins the right to build a casino in Prince George’s County, a  forum will be held at Camelot by Martin’s, 13905 Central Ave. in Upper Marlboro, on Friday, Sept. 27.  There will be two sessions, one from 9 a.m. to noon and the other from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The event will address four issues, per a flyer circulated by MGM.

  • How to become a vendor or contractor
  • MGM National Harbor’s minority contractor policy
  • How MGM National Harbor will help small businesses prepare to bid
  • What the company will do to help prepare and train the workforce

Email your questions in advance, by Sept. 25, to
 MGM Resorts International has built a database of 1,000 companies that hope to have a role in the construction or operation of MGM National Harbor, a proposed $800 million casino-resort. Two other firms are bidding for the one Prince George’s casino license — Penn National Gaming Inc. (for a casino at Rosecroft Raceway) and Greenwood Racing Inc. (for a resort at the intersection of Indian Head Highway and Old Fort Road).



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