$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.

Another one: 9-story, 282-unit student-housing project planned for College Park

Another developer has eyes on College Park’s southern Baltimore Avenue corridor, this time with plans to build a large mixed-use student housing complex on Guilford Drive. The developer behind the project, dubbed The Standard at College Park, is Landmark Properties, an Athens-based developer of student housing. Last month, Landmark Properties filed paperwork for approval of its preliminary plans. In those documents, the developers outline plans to build a nine-story, 282-unit student-housing complex with capacity for 951 beds set atop 6,671 square feet of ground-floor retail “likely to include a restaurant use.” The building is planned to have a 180-space parking garage. The site in question is a 1.85-acre parcel of land sandwiched between Hartwick Road and Guilford Road, just west of the massive planned College Park Southern Gateway development, which will have hundreds of market-rate multifamily units. 

The application was accepted March 11, 2020.

Kaiser Permanente plans West Hyattsville medical building

Health care giant Kaiser Permanente wants to build a 44,360 square-foot medical office building on a two-acre site near West Hyattsville Metro Station on Ager Road. Hyattsville City Council will be briefed on the proposed development at its April 6, 2020, meeting. The three-story building, with an attached three-story, 238-space parking garage, would sit on what is currently a vacant lot near the Kirkwood Apartments on Ager Road. The property is also bordered by the Riverfront at West Hyattsville development. According to documents filed by Kaiser Permanente, the space will have 25,000 square feet of clinical space, 1,700 square feet of lab space, a 300 square-foot cafe and a 2,000 square foot pharmacy space.

Wawa planned for College Park Ikea

Developers hope to build a Wawa gas station and convenience store on what is now a parking lot near College Park’s Ikea store on Baltimore Avenue, according to documents recently filed with county planning officials. Last week, Washington D.C., based developer Roadside Development filed a detailed site plan application for review and approval by the Prince George’s County Planning Board. The plan calls for the construction of a 4,740 square-foot gas station retail facility on 1.4 acres near Baltimore Avenue. 

A map shows the relative location of the planned Wawa near Ikea Circle. According to the documents, the facility is planned for the southeast corner of the circle at the intersection of Ikea Way and Ikea Boulevard, to be more precise. 

The Wawa, if approved, would have some familiar company nearby. Almost exactly one kilometer to the north is the Wawa at 10515 Baltimore Avenue in Beltsville. 

Wawa’s application is tentatively set to be considered by the Planning Board at its April 30, 2020, meeting. 

Hyattsville Planning Committee member rips Council over Magruder Pointe

A city planning committee member criticized Hyattsville City Council for disregarding the committee’s recommendations for the controversial Magruder Pointe development. The comments, from longtime Hyattsville resident and Council-watcher David Marshall, came as city officials await a judge’s ruling on the city’s appeal of a rezoning granted for the project. Marshall’s comments also highlight a persistent tension in the city’s deliberations around Magruder Pointe: the city’s planning committee has generally been more favorable toward the project than City Council, which is taking legal action to block, delay or change the developer’s plans. 

“We are asked to look at that project to send opinions and advice to the Council and then the Council makes the decisions,” said Marshall. “But since the Council is litigating this property and seems to have a particular vision, maybe it’s not prudent to send that project to the planning committee anymore.”

“Because it seems that what we do is of no value,” continued Marshall, who emphasized he was speaking as an individual and not for the Planning Committee. “It’s of no use on this particular project.”

Marshall went on to accuse City Council of failing, as an institution, to be more decisive about the property – the former headquarters of WSSC near Magruder Park – when earlier proposals were floated for the site. 

“The WSSC property could have been purchased by the city many years ago when WSSC still owned it…for next to nothing,” said Marshall.