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With population's 'explosive growth,' Hyattsville shifts development into high gear

WJLA – Washington D.C. logo WJLA – Washington D.C. 10/26/2021 Justin Hinton
With population's 'explosive growth,' Hyattsville shifts development into high gear
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Economic Development Week kicked off Monday with one city in Prince George’s County working to improve the qualify of life for current and future residents with a number of development projects in its roster.

According to the City of Hyattsville’s current Development Projects Story map, two developments have been completed, two are under construction, five have been approved and four are under review.

One of the projects is the Riverfront at West Hyattsville, located in close proximity to to the West Hyattsville metro stop.

It’s the site of townhomes, future apartments and a future Kaiser Permanente medical office building.

“We’ve become a very attractive suburb to the District and we welcome all,” said Mayor Kevin Ward.

Development comes at a time when the city’s population has grown significantly.

According to 2020 Census data, 2010 saw 17,557 people calling Hyattsville home.

Fast forward ten years and that number has skyrocketed to 21,187.

“We do, in the city, believe we’re a little bit more than that and that’s really explosive growth given what we’ve seen over the last few years,” said Ward. “It goes to the fact that people want a cheaper place to live, people want a feeling of community. People want to be close to a larger city but not necessarily live in a larger city and also have a neighborhood feel.”

But more development and more people means more traffic with some of it aided by metro.

“As we increase our housing stock and other things, we really need to look at traffic and be aware of how traffic patterns change when you add a couple of hundred housing units to an area that didn’t have it before,” said Ward.

He also said as the city continues to grow, it’s important to balance those needs with the character of Hyattsville.

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