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What are they Building on Health Center Drive?

Want to know what's being constructed across from the senior center? Patch has the details.

If you look to the right when traveling southbound on Collington Road, just off Route 50, it's hard to miss the construction project on Health Center Drive that's gone up seemingly over night.

But what is the mysterious project? What are they building? When will it be ready? 

The development is known as Harmony Place. Once intended to be the location of desperately needed senior housing in Bowie, the property was sold by the original developers and is now being redeveloped into luxury apartments. 

The 286-unit high-end apartment complex will include one 247-unit building with an enclosed five-story interior garage, a smaller 39-unit building with a garage, a swimming pool, a clubhouse, a tot lot, and trails.

The Bowie City Council supported the original rezoning of the property to residential because the developer promised to build senior housing on the property, according to Joe Meinert, planning director for the city of Bowie. 

When those plans fell through, the developer sold the property to the current owner. The city fought hard to keep the project designated housing for seniors to no avail. The Harmony Place development was approved by the Prince George's County Planning board over the city council's objection. 

However, the current developers did offer somewhat of a compromise. 

"They’ve agreed to market the project to seniors because of its good location," said Meinert. 

The developer did not return calls for comment, but at the rate of construction, Meinert said he would not be surprised if the complex was ready to start leasing as early as this summer. 

kathy lapinski February 05, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Still no Trader Joe's....We also could use a CVS!
Jenni Pompi (Editor) February 05, 2013 at 08:55 PM
There should be a new CVS coming to Bowie this year. I'm running that down now. Stay tuned!
Leslie February 05, 2013 at 09:50 PM
There are currently 2 CVS stores in the city, on 301 and on 197.
Evelyn Loughner February 05, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Three CVS stores in Bowie are plenty enough!!!
Evelyn Loughner February 05, 2013 at 10:44 PM
@Leslie...you forgot the one on 450 at Highbridge Road!
Tyechia Wright February 06, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Forget another CVS can we get better restaurants and a Costco, please?
I. Mendozawilson February 06, 2013 at 11:31 AM
We already have a big box store, B.J.'s. I've shopped in both Costco and B.J.'s and I don't find much of a difference besides Costco not accepting any credit cards except American Express, which I think is just ridiculous. Give B.J.'s a chance.
I. Mendozawilson February 06, 2013 at 11:33 AM
A new CVS is coming, but the RIte Aid at the inersection of 450 and Race Track is wonderful.
Mrs. G J Moore February 06, 2013 at 01:48 PM
you have 2 now.
Mrs. G J Moore February 06, 2013 at 01:52 PM
That is really crazy! Only AMEX? I like BJ's
CarolLynn February 06, 2013 at 03:43 PM
I wish they would put a Wawa over there! We need a gas station on that side!
Zinna February 06, 2013 at 03:50 PM
I'm with you, Kathy. I would love a Trader Joe's!
Jenni Pompi (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 03:53 PM
I love Wawa!
m johnson February 06, 2013 at 07:17 PM
They need to add a gas station / convenient store right over there to wawa would be perfect
Mrs. G J Moore February 06, 2013 at 07:41 PM
I would like a Food Lion.
Trish C. February 10, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Why in the world do we need three CVS stores? It would be nice if we could have a Whole Food or a Shop Rite.
Trish C. February 10, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Thanks!
kathy lapinski April 03, 2013 at 04:07 PM
We could use a gas station! A WAWA would be perfect! I LOVE BJs, no Costco, please! P.S. Haven't forgotten about Trader Joe's....Still waiting, although it may be a while :-)

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