Amazon Warehouse Size of 16 Football Fields Expected in Upper Marlboro

Residents of the Westphalia community in Upper Marlboro were promised a mixed-use, vibrant town center. Now, they’re being told a massive Amazon warehouse will fill the space. Residents are concerned how the 4-million-square-foot fulfillment center could potentially change the community.

Walton Westphalia Development Corp., the developer of Westphalia Town Center originally promised grocery stores and retail space. These proposed amenities drew many new residents to this area. Some locals are concerned whether or not the Amazon fulfillment and distribution center will detract from the community.

Walton Westphalia Development Corp. believes the opening of this center will spark retail development. According to Washington Business Journal, the building will have a 818,423-square-foot footprint and five stories on a 79-acre site, creating roughly 4 million gross square feet. The building will also include 1,794 parking spaces, 267 loading spaces and ground-floor office space.

Prince George’s County officials have yet to approve the proposal. The county planning board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, July 18th.

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About Sara Chernikoff

Sara Chernikoff is a journalism and public policy student at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an intern for Montgomery Community Media. Contact her via twitter @scherni11 or by email schernikoff@mymcmedia.org

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One Response to “Amazon Warehouse Size of 16 Football Fields Expected in Upper Marlboro”

  1. On July 22, 2019 at 2:36 pm responded with... #

    This is a huge bait and switch. This area was supposed to have shops, restaurants, and movie theaters, something missing in this area. Instead we’re getting an enormous facility that brings nothing to the community except increased truck traffic and tractor trailer noise 24/7. We’re getting screwed.

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