Prom Dresses and Development

Prom dress giveaway is a GREAT cause so please donate, developers are developing in PGCo. Good looks for the county.

It’s not all school audits and shrimp and liquor politicians in Prince George’s County.  A great nonprofit is giving away prom dresses (nice ones too), WMATA officials say that Morgan Boulevard has a reputable developer interested in the site and April 2014 brings to a START the construction of Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development in New Carrolton.  Keep your head up Prince Georgians.  I have to emphasize the prom gown giveaway.  Please contact Esther’s Closet to donate; information below.  Financial times are tight but girls still want to look pretty at the prom.  You can help make that happen.
Prom Dress GiveawayEsther’s Closet, a nonprofit located in Lanham, is hosting a prom dress giveaway on Saturday March 29th from 1pm-3pm at 9701 Appollo Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD, Suite 461.  The location is walking distance from Largo metro station and on the bus routes C25, C29, C29.  Can’t make that one?  There are two more giveaways, April 5th and April 12th.   Esther’s Closet is dedicated to empowering, equipping, and edifying young women by providing them clothing and counseling.  If you’d like to donate to this cause, email: or call (202) 679-3210.
Morgan Blvd Development SiteTrammell Crow was the only firm to bid on the 41-acre Morgan Boulevard site.  The developer is proposing a multiphase project with residential, significant retail and a small office component, Stan Wall, Metro’s director of real estate and station planning, told Washington Business Journal.  Trammell Crow is the development company behind the old Washington, DC Columbia Hospital renovation and the McMillan Reservoir mixed use development underway also in DC.   Check out their website.  This is a nationally renowned and award winning developer.  Good projects.
Maryland Housing and Community DevelopmentConstruction for the soon to be relocated Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will break ground in New Carrolton next month, April 2014.  The Washington Post reports, “The project will create about 300 jobs during the construction phase and about 125 permanent jobs once it is completed, said Michael A. Gaines Sr., assistant secretary of the state Department of General Services. He said the project will bring much needed revenue to the county and the state. The groundbreaking will take place about 10 months after a state panel voted to move the agency from Crownsville, in Anne Arundel County, to Prince George’s. Gaines said the state will work with Anne Arundel to develop a master plan for the old 50-acre site.
The project, developed by Rockville-based Berman Enterprises, includes construction of about 556 residential units, 113,000 square feet of office space and 87,000 square feet of retail space. Officials are looking to attract a grocer. A second phase will increase housing and retail and add a 300-room hotel, the developer has said. The 97,000-square-foot state office building will be LEED certified and have energy efficient features and modern technology, said Maryland Secretary of Housing and Community Development Raymond A. Skinner, a Prince George’s resident. The facility will be on a 26-acre site bounded by Ellin Road, Harkins Road and West Lanham Hills Drive and across from the Internal Revenue Service building.
Skinner said the agency’s more than 300 employees will be ready to move to Prince George’s early next year. A significant number of the workers live in the Anne Arundel and Baltimore areas. “I think the employees have come to realize that this is really in the best interest of the state,” he said. “It is not much more of a commute straight down from where we are now.”



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