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Baker Recommends Largo as Site of New Hospital

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County Executive Rushern Baker accepted the recommendation of Largo Town Center in Largo, Md., as the site of the region's newest hospital, Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reported Wednesday.

Dimensions Healthcare System, which oversees county-owned medical facilities, made it official Thursday.

Largo Town Center, just east of the Beltway, was reportedly chosen for its proximity to a Metro station. The $645 million hospital will house 259 beds, a full-service medical campus and a private practice. The 700,000-plus-square-foot hospital is expected to open in 2017.

Transportation planning group the Coalition for Smarter Growth praised the choice, saying it will give 2,000 employees better options for getting to work thanks to a nearby Metro station, Wilkins reported. The group also hopes it becomes an anchor for economic development.

A 90-acre site at the old Landover Mall just off the Beltway was being considered as well.

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