Officials talk Route 210, police station updates
More than 50 residents gathered at the Oxon Hill Library in Oxon Hill on March 26 for a “State of District 8” community meeting hosted by Prince George’s County Councilman Obie Patterson (D) to hear updates about the Maryland State Highway Administration’s (SHA) proposed improvements along Route 210 at the Kerby Hill Road and Livingston Road interchange, as well as the current status of the District 7 police station.
Patterson spoke first about the number of new businesses that are coming to the National Harbor community. He said that is a good thing as those business will provide money to help with operations in the county.
“It’s a good thing because it provides us with commercial dollars to help us operate in this county so that we don’t have to lean on you too heavily for property taxes,” Patterson said. “We need commercial dollars to keep this county going.”
In reference to commercial dollars, Patterson mentioned the new aquatic center slated to open in the Fort Washington area at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Center in late 2018. He said it’s going to be a state-of-the- art type of swimming pool which is something the community deserves.
However, Patterson said officials had to “go back to the drawing board” because some community leaders were not happy with some aspects of the proposed aquatic center.
“That did hold us up about six or seven months,” Patterson said. “But they met and worked it out with [the county’s department of] park and planning so now we’re back on the fast track.”
As far as the current status of MGM National Harbor,