HYATTSVILLE, MD—Echo Realty and TheBernstein Cos. have broken ground on The Gateway at University TownCenter, a 3.5-acre grocery-anchored mixed-use project herethat will be anchored by a 54,400-square foot Safeway supermarket.There will also be an additional 29,000 square feet of retail andmedical office use.

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The project is located at the intersection of East-West Highwayand America Boulevard. It will serve as a "front door" toUniversity Town Center, a sprawling development inwhich Bernstein Cos, is active and that is home to more than 1.5million square feet of office, two residential condominium towers,one 900-bed student housing tower and approximately 125,000 squarefeet of retail space anchored by a 67,500 square foot RegalCinema.

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Other tenants in the two-story The Gateway at University TownCenter include 10,000 square feet of a soon-to-be-announced medicalcenter. Also, a 9,000 square foot two-story building will houseUnleashed by Petco at street level and Phenix Salon on the secondlevel.

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Facchina Construction Co. is the site workcontractor at The Gateway at University Town Center. ECHO will beselecting the general contractor for the shell and interiorsportion of the project in the next couple of weeks. It is scheduledto open in November 2015.

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The Gateway at University Town Center has received projectfinancing from the Bank of America as well as a$3.5 million public subsidy package.

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