County Executive Rushern L. Baker III has decided that the county’s new regional medical center will be placed at the Largo Town Center, according to NBC4.
The property owned by Lerner Enterprises, just east of the Beltway, has been sitting vacant for years. It was chosen because its proximity to the metro, NBC4 reported.
Coalition for Smarter Growth Policy Director Cheryl Cort agreed with Baker’s decision to place the new 700,000 square-foot hospital near the metro.
“Locating this new state-of-the-art healthcare complex at the Largo Metro station fulfills the Executive’s often stated intention to leverage the value of the county’s 15 Metro stations,” Cort said in a statement. “A Metro-accessible regional medical center helps Prince George’s catalyze transit-oriented economic development and capture a larger share of the region’s growth.”
Cort also said the $645 million hospital would bring “thousands of jobs” to Prince George’s County in addition to healthcare.
Read Cort’s full statement on the coalition’s website.
The 259-bed hospital will house a full-service medical campus as well as a private practice.
It’s set to open in 2017.