Parts of southern Prince George’s County along Crain Highway has transformed from a wooded, country-style atmosphere to a bustling retail and business strip.
With the Brandywine Crossings shopping center already in the mix, a $50 million retail complex across the street also known as Route 301 will add more retailers, vehicular traffic and, officials hope, additional shoppers.
The 15-acre site in Brandywine will include a Chipotle restaurant, a grocery store and a medical center that would provide at least 400 jobs.
For Mani Patel, principal of TripleStone Real Estate and owner of the property, he hopes to keep residents in Prince George’s from traveling about a mile south into Charles County that accommodates the massive St. Charles Towne Center.
“I like P.G. County. This is the only county I could think that could really grow in the Washington area,” Patel said. “This is a prime location with 301. It’s a lot of people who come through here.”
According to county traffic figures, an estimated 85,000 vehicles travel along Route 301 daily.
“Right here is not going to be a pass-through of Brandywine. You can live here, shop here and work here,” County Executive Rushern L. Baker III said Wednesday after a groundbreaking ceremony at the property. “The jobs that will be created…are in an area that has been asking for these things for a long time.”
The project will be completed in four phases with the first being a Chipotle, Verizon store, a nail salon and Hibachi Grill could be completed by September, Patel said.
The site will be called Cadillac Crossing, named after the 40-year-old Cadillac Motel next the site owned by Patel and his family. The motel will be torn down and replaced with a Lidl grocery store as part of the second phase he said would take about a year to complete.
A third stage calls for a 100-room Marriott hotel, which Patel said it’s an integral part of the project that awaits more funding. In addition, the success of the businesses that open this year hope to entice hotel officials to move in.
The fourth and final stage would be a 10,000-square-foot medical center. Adjacent to the tract sits Greater Baden Medical Services, a nonprofit organization that offers physical exams, immunizations and HIV/AIDS testing.
Patel said the medical center he plans to construct will house a laboratory, MRI unit and some doctor offices.
“It will not have any conflict,” he said.
As construction workers hauled and dug dirt underneath a steal-beam structure, County Councilman Mel Franklin (D-District 9) of Upper Marlboro stared at the open land that years ago stood dozens of trees.
“What we see is progress. What we see is transformation,” he said. “We see this busy corridor becoming [an] economic opportunity in the county. We couldn’t be prouder about that.”