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Trendy restaurants, a swanky hotel, shopping, and doctors’ offices are all coming to a new development in Prince George’s County. News4’s Meagan Fitzgerald has a look at the plans for Central Avenue near the Beltway in Capitol Heights.

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Dan Ryan Builders, grocer Lidl and Wawa are all awaiting a final District Council decision for an Allentown Road property.

The three have laid claim to most of a planned mixed-use project in Camp Springs, where Velocity Development has under contract 13 acres in the northeast quadrant of Allentown Road and Branch Avenue. But the detailed site plan for the townhouse and retail plan was ‘pulled for review’ at the District Council, meaning it will endure further scrutiny before a final decision.

Dan Ryan has dibs on the 59 townhouse lots at what is called ‘Allentown Andrews Gateway,’ giving it a set of 20-foot wide units. Lidl would occupy a 36,000 square foot grocery store, and from a 5,000 square feet building, Wawa would sell gas, coffee, and made-to-order sandwiches.

Beyond the Wawa and Lidl, Velocity proposes 14,000 feet of retail for which no tenants are yet named.

Dan Ryan’s towns would be rear-loaded, a new townhouse product for it locally. The builder’s product passed muster with local residents, who had previous to Velocity seen plans for over 300 rental apartments. Like other mixed-use projects, the development is benefitting from legislation passed over a year ago that removed a cap on townhouses in the M-X-T zone. Because a transit line is supposed to one day run down Route 5 to Waldorf, planners had supported additional density at the site, even encouraging Velocity to develop two-over-two’s.

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