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Westphalia Residents Hire Lawyer in Logistics Center Dispute

Residents in the Upper Marlboro community of Westphalia who continue their legal challenge against a proposed merchandise logistics center have hired Towson-based attorney G. Macy Nelson to represent their cause.

Nelson has achieved victory in a similar case involving a proposed Super Walmart in Oxon Hill in 2015.

The Westphalia project proposes to construct a five-story, 800,000-square-foot building on 78 acres that would bring more than 1,500 jobs to the area.

The business would remain open 24 hours per day with 150 tractor trailers traveling past Parkside and Westphalia Town Center — two residential neighborhoods that remain under construction.

Amazon seems to be the most likely tenant based on the online giant already residing in other parts of the nation on properties owned by the applicant, Duke Partnership Limited Corp. of Conshocken, Pa., also registered as Duke Realty headquartered in Indianapolis.

The case will be heard before District Council, a body comprised of Prince George’s County Council members who review land-use and zoning matters, in late September or early October.

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William J. Ford – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I decided I wanted to become a better writer while attending Bowie State University and figured that writing for the school newspaper would help. I’m not sure how much it helped, but I enjoyed it so much I decided to keep on doing it, which I still thoroughly enjoy 20 years later. If I weren’t a journalist, I would coach youth basketball. Actually, I still play basketball, or at least try to play, once a week. My kryptonite is peanut butter. What makes me happy – seeing my son and two godchildren grow up. On the other hand, a bad call made by an official during a football or basketball game makes me throw up my hands and scream. Favorite foods include pancakes and scrambled eggs which I could eat 24-7. The strangest thing that’s ever happened to me, or more accurately the most painful, was when I was hit by a car on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. If I had the power or money to change the world, I’d make sure everyone had three meals a day. And while I don’t have a motto or favorite quote, I continue to laugh which keeps me from driving myself crazy. You can reach me several ways: Twitter @jabariwill, Instagram will_iam.ford2281 or e-mail, wford@washingtoninformer.com

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