Of­fi­cials talk Route 210, police sta­tion up­dates

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES [email protected]­news.com

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,

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