Just when I was looking forward to Wegman’s Supermarket opening in the Woodmore Towne Centre some fool from Hyattsville decided to appeal Prince Georges County’s decision to build the store.
Appeal Could Delay Wegmans Development in Prince George’s
Union Official Worries That Roads Could Clog
By Anita Huslin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Just when it appeared that developers had the all-clear to begin transforming 245 wooded acres in Prince George’s County into a new town center with homes, offices, a hotel and retail stores anchored by a Wegmans supermarket, an eleventh-hour appeal threatens the project.
Already, work is behind schedule on the Woodmore Towne Centre in Landover. According to the Web site of developer Petrie-Ross, ground was to have been broken this summer, and the community was to open next year.
Residents of Prince George’s have been anticipating the supermarket. Economic development officials and other businesses are banking on the market leading a wave of other upscale retail stores into the county.
But there is at least one faction that would just as soon block Wegmans’s arrival.
Citing procedural grounds, Anthony Perez, a Hyattsville man with union ties has appealed the county’s approval of the detailed site plan for Woodmore, which gave the green light for construction crews to start digging streets, laying water and sewer lines, and preparing the building site.
“He drives to work through this immediate area every day,” said Harry Lerch, a Bethesda attorney who filed the appeal for Perez. Perez’s concern, Lerch said, is that the approval process has not ensured “that the roads are going to be adequate to serve whatever is going in there.”
Makes you wonder if Giant and Safeway are connected to this mess. You know they don’t want additional competition despite the fact that us shoppers would love to see another supermarket in the area. PG County has a difficult enough time as it is attracting upscale stores. Now this Perez guy wants to deny the county an opportunity to bring an upscale store to the county.