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Groundbreaking Ceremony

The groundbreaking ceremony for Towne Square at Suitland Federal Center took place in November 2017. The Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County, in collaboration with County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and District 7 Council Member Karen Toles, proudly announced the official launch of construction on the project.

After years of planning, this historic $350 million development is finally being realized. The mixed-use towne center is the largest project ever to be undertaken by the Redevelopment Authority, and the first where the Redevelopment Authority is serving as the master land developer. The buildout is being led by Development Manager Harold W. Johnson, II, managing partner of Cober Johnson and Romney.

The ceremony featured comments from County Executive Baker, the Redevelopment Authority’s Executive Director Howard Ways, Council Member Toles, and Johnson.

This project is part of a commitment by the county to bring new commerce and community to Suitland. “This was a collaborative effort between the community, county agencies, and the leaders of Prince George’s County,” Johnson said. “It’s a victory, not only for the Redevelopment Authority, but for the community of Suitland. This day has been more than 20 years in the making, and this promises to be a catalyst for development and positive changes in Suitland.”

The Redevelopment Authority’s Executive Director Howard Ways and Associate Director Stephen Paul were the driving force behind the county government’s implementation of this Public Private Partnership (PPP), and they will be working with a diverse group of powerful players to carry it out.“I’m quite confident that this project will be a game changer, not just for Suitland or Prince George’s County, but really for this region,” said Council Member Toles. “Cober Johnson and Romney will be able to help push this vision forward,” she continued. “When you look at an area like this that is so ripe for transformation, you just need the right individuals to go in to bring that vision out…I applaud what this firm is doing and will do for the transformation of this community.”

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