More development is coming to Hyattsville around the Prince George’s Plaza Metro station, adding to the area’s growing housing and dining options.
A development company has filed preliminary plans for a 520-unit apartment complex on what is now a surface parking lot north of the Prince George’s Medical Center at University Town Center.
That would put the apartments right at the outer limits of the crucial half-mile from the Prince George’s Plaza Metro station — the farthest that most people will walk for mass transit.
Combined with the new Highline apartments in the nearby 10-story Metro II building, that means a lot more people will be living in the city center, a boon to nearby restaurants and coffee shops, which will see more foot traffic.
In addition, this fall the Mall at Prince Georges will add a Miller’s Ale House, a Florida-based chain centered on beer, chicken wings and televised sports. (It’s a popular spot to watch Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-views.)
Members of the city council pressed developers to make the exterior of the 8,285-square-foot restaurant, to be located at 3430 East-West Highway, more pedestrian-friendly, but overall the mall remains fairly car-centric.
Two other chain restaurants — Olive Garden and Outback Steakhouse — are similarly located on spots in the mall’s parking lot.
As noted by the Washington Business Journal, the real estate trust that owns the mall recently reported that it’s making $45 more per square foot there than it did the year before, thanks in part to new dining options.