Building Blocks | January 2020 |Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement - Business Development Section Newsletter

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January 2020

 In this issue:

Hampton Park Redevelopment Project

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Prince George’s County residents are giving high marks to the redevelopment of the Kingdom Square Shopping Center on Central Avenue at the I-495 on-ramp on land formerly known as the Hampton Mall. The $250 million, 25-acre mixed-use development, named Hampton Park, will include a hotel, office space, restaurants, retail establishments and apartments.

The Business Development Section (BDS) is coordinating with the owner, CapHeights Central LLC, of Clifton, N.J., and developers, Velocity Companies, of Greenbelt, along with various County agencies and other stakeholders in the redevelopment of the shopping center. Hampton Park is part of a public-private partnership. The County will house its Department of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs headquarters within the development.

For more information on Hampton Park, visit the Velocity Properties website at

The Landing at Woodyard Revitalization Development Progressing

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Exciting new dining options Panera Bread and Chick-fil-A. The former Kmart has been replaced by Burlington, Ross and ALDI.

The Landing at Woodyard, formerly Clinton Plaza, is going through a major revitalization. The shopping center is located three miles south of Joint Base Andrews in Clinton. The center contains several retail options, such as Burlington, Panera Bread, Chick-fil-A, and ALDI. Additional businesses slated to locate in the center include Marshalls and Beauty Mart.

Business Development Section Helpful Hints

Online Applications —When applying in the e-permits system, always use the same email address on the documents you submit, preferably a generic company email address that can be accessed by several people. This will make sure that any messages are sent to a central contact point and that tasks and requests are responded to promptly to keep the application process moving seamlessly and ensures that you receive any DPIE updates.

Sign Permits — As soon as you know what you want to advertise for your new business, apply for the sign permits. This will allow enough time to have them approved before the public advertisement of your business. Visit for details.

Pre-Construction Meetings — Make sure your plans have been approved and stamped prior to the meeting and remember to bring an additional copy.

Use and Occupancy — You must have a current Use and Occupancy Permit (U&O) issued by the County prior to moving into a new or an existing business, except if the business is in the City of Laurel, which issues its own permits. U&O permits must be issued to the exact address the occupant will occupy. For more information on how to obtain a U&O, visit

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Code Enforcement — Business owners or managers of properties that abut a sidewalk must make sure the sidewalk is free of obstructions such as tree limbs, shrubbery, and debris, as well as snow and ice. Snow and ice must be removed no more than 48 hours after a snow event has ended. For more information, call 301-883-6168.

Last Month's Greenbelt Year-End Business Coffee

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Business Development Section Officer Nicole Reece (second from left in the first photo) attended the Greenbelt Year-End Business Coffee on Dec. 4. Mrs. Reece was among several people who networked with the Greenbelt City Council, Newly elected Mayor Colin Byrd, and local business owners. She discussed the mission of the Business Development Section in DPIE. The Greenbelt Theatre presented on the new renovations which included a new roof, a new HVAC, a new screen and a new surround sound system.

Greenbelts mayor at end of year coffee event

What's Happening?

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Business Development Section Workshop

On February 13, 2020, from 10 am to 11 am, the Business Development Section will sponsor a workshop to introduce the new program and how BDS officers Tanya Hedgepeth and Nicole Reece can assist entrepreneurs and business owners to navigate the DPIE permitting and licensing processes. The training event will be held at DPIE Headquarters at 9400 Peppercorn Place in Largo, in Conference Room 217.

Other business-related events for January and February 2020

This month, the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) initiated an eight-part series of seminars called Pathways to Financial Management. EL2EL3EL4The Develop Your Business Plan Intensive Series, six evening workshops, will be held from February 5-March 11.

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