The sky is falling! The sky s falling! I feel like yelling that after reading most of the articles from the Washington Post on just how bad the mortgage crisis impacted Price George’s County. See articles HERE and HERE. In response to this reported “crisis,” a town hall discussion being held tomorrow, Saturday Feb. 7th, 9:00am – 11:00am, at 10201 Martin Luther King Hwy, Bowie, MD (2nd Floor Community Room) by People for Change Coalition on the topic: “Blacks Homes Do Matter” – Who is Devaluing our Property? Former State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey will be there. The best reading I found on the matter was in the comments. There was a link to a delightful rebuttal from the Fairwood Community Blog; it calls into question a lot of the Washington Post’s data.
In the meantime, the “MY HOME” program administered by the Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County (RDA) is helping 250 new homeowners with closing cost and downpayment assistance. The program’s funds are now depleted because of the demand. People who have been approved for mortgages are still purchasing in Prince George’s County. Please don’t think I’m putting on my rose colored glasses to write this post. I know the median price for a house in PGCo is $226k, while median home prices for neighboring Anne Arundel and Fairfax Counties come in at $309k & $466k, respectively. All I’m saying is Prince George’s County is a great bargain (for now) and a great place to live. Oh uh. Did I just sound like a branding commercial. Let me check my account for SOME KIND of endorsement check. Umph. Nothing. Must have been genuine.
A DoubleTree Hotel is springing up in Largo, MD in what used to be the 184-room Radisson of Largo MD. The estimated opening date is May 1, 2015; the hotel will be open throughout the renovation. All 184 guest rooms will be redesigned and outfitted with a chic, contemporary look and feel. The hotel’s public space, meeting rooms and food/beverage zones will also be reinvented. In addition, the hotel’s new design will feature a new exterior social zone that will be anchored by a fire pit. Finally, the hotel will have a new state of the art fitness center and indoor pool.
A Fuddruckers recently opened in the second phase of Brandywine Crossing (15810 A Crain Highway, Brandywine, MD) and if box stores don’t float your boat, check out the new SOBE Restaurant and Lounge in Lanham.
And get this, a new snassy, South Beach themed restaurant opens TODAY in Lanham, MD. South Beach Restaurant and Lounge is located at 10621 Greenbelt Road, Lanham, MD 20706. I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!! I must feature them with my next food post. This looks like an upscale dining experience. If you’re anything like me, you’ve experienced the total frustration with dining in DC (love MY city so don’t come for me unless I call). This is a great addition. Their menu mostly American with some Latin and Asian inspired dishes. Check out the menu HERE and start making your reservations. We must support businesses like this and show them that they can get rich and prosper in our county. Wake up bedroom community. Some of you are hungry right now reading this and wondering where you can dine without going insane in the process of finding a parking space. This restaurant even offers online reservations and a sommelier service. YES!!
There is a new mobile app available on Google Play and the Apple App Store that promotes the attractions, events, historic sites, arts & culture, dining options, accommodations, etc. of Prince George’s County. The free ExplorePrinceGeorges mobile app is the county’s official mobile tourism and lifestyle guide. ExplorePrinceGeorges gives users access to hundreds of county-wide listings and more. The app is designed to make planning outings and weekends in the county a breeze by keeping you informed of what’s going on near you. Visit ExplorePrinceGeorges.com to access the FREE download from Apple App Store and Google Play. Need more information? Contact the Prince George’s County Conference & Visitors Bureau at 301.925.8300, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.