$50M Laurel Hospital expansion, 230 townhomes approved by P.G. Planning Board

Prince George’s County Planning Board approved several notable development applications during its May 14, 2020, meeting. Among the approvals include detailed site plans for two townhome projects, one in Bowie, one in Brandywine, with a total of 231 units, preliminary plans for another townhome development in Clinton, and preliminary plans for a 950-bed mixed-use student-housing complex in College Park. But the biggest approval from the meeting was a detailed site plan clearing the way for the first phase of a new “health campus” at the University of Maryland Medical System Laurel Hospital. A rendering shows the exterior of the first phase of the planned Laurel Hospital Health Campus. The new hospital facility plans call for a two-story 79,900 square-foot medical office building and a 1,550 square-foot MRI building near the intersection of Van Deusen and Contee Roads.

P.G. Planning Board approves Glenarden apartments, Capitol Heights WaWa, Westphalia warehouse

The Prince George’s County Planning Board gave its blessing to three notable detailed development plans at its May 7, 2020, meeting, including 260 apartments at Woodmore Commons in Glenarden, a 362,880 square-foot electrical products supplier warehouse and office in Westphalia, and yet another WaWa, this one in Capitol Heights. Also, the Planning Board approved preliminary plans for a Purple-Line adjascent mixed-use project in East Riverdale. More details, below:

260 apartments approved for Woodmore Commons

A rendering shows designs for the proposed Woodmore Commons apartments near the Woodmore Town Center. The Prince George’s County Planning Board unanimously approved final detailed plans for a 258-unit apartment complex near the Woodmore Towne Center in Glenarden. The vote took place at the Planning Board’s May 7, 2020 meeting. 

The project, from Balk Hill Ventures LLC in Davidsonville, includes 307,976 square feet of gross floor area on 9.3 acres of land at the intersection of Saint Josephs Drive and Ruby Lockhart Blvd.

Reminder: Prince George’s retail, transit mask mandate begins April 15

Starting April 15, 2020, Prince Georgians will be required to wear masks while shopping inside grocery stores, pharmacies and while riding TheBus.  It’s part of an executive order issued by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks April 13, 2020, to try and slow the rapidly-spreading new coronavirus in Prince George’s County. The order also requires grocery stores, pharmacies and large retailers to promote social distancing inside and outside of the stores while customers wait. “We know there are people with the virus who are walking around and showing no symptoms, and these actions will prevent them from spreading it to others,” said Alsobrooks, announcing the executive order. Since early March, the TheBus system has been running on reduced service. Staff have been sanitizing handrails, seats and other high-touch areas on buses as part of the daily cleaning process.

Chillum fire now homicide scene; Two die in Seat Pleasant fire

Update; April 15, 2020: Police say they are investigating the Highview Terrace fire as an arson. Police believe the victim, 23-year-old Washington, D.C., resident Zena Nichols was fatally shot by 42-year-old Jerome Harris, who lived at Highview Terrace. Police believe Harris set the fire after killing Nichols. Harris is at large, and has been charged with first-degree murder. Original Story

Two fires in Prince George’s County claimed three lives over the weekend.