A portion of property in Upper Marlboro is slated for a proposed 4 million-square-foot merchandise logistics center. In the background are townhomes at Westphalia Town Center. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

Residents in the Upper Marlboro community of Westphalia who continue their legal challenge against a proposed merchandise logistics center have hired Towson-based attorney G. Macy Nelson to represent their cause.

Nelson has achieved victory in a similar case involving a proposed Super Walmart in Oxon Hill in 2015.

The Westphalia project proposes to construct a five-story, 800,000-square-foot building on 78 acres that would bring more than 1,500 jobs to the area.

The business would remain open 24 hours per day with 150 tractor trailers traveling past Parkside and Westphalia Town Center — two residential neighborhoods that remain under construction.

Amazon seems to be the most likely tenant based on the online giant already residing in other parts of the nation on properties owned by the applicant, Duke Partnership Limited Corp. of Conshocken, Pa., also registered as Duke Realty headquartered in Indianapolis.

The case will be heard before District Council, a body comprised of Prince George’s County Council members who review land-use and zoning matters, in late September or early October.

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