- The crane should arrive Nov. 18.
- The bridge span should arrive on site Nov. 19 or 20.
- The contractor is working with adjacent property owners, particularly those in the vicinity of the crane.
In the FY 16 budget, Mayor and Council budgeted an $80,000 line item for educational enhancement of neighborhood public schools. There are 10 neighborhood public schools with at least 14 College Park children. They include:
- Hollywood Elementary
- Paint Branch Elementary
- Greenbelt Middle
- Parkdale High School
- Berwyn Heights Elementary
- Cherokee Lane Elementary
- University Park Elementary
- Buck Lodge Middle
- Hyattsville Middle and
- High Point High School.
The Education Advisory Committee discussed the funds available and has made three recommendations:
- That each of the 10 neighborhood schools be allotted up to $5,000 (total: $50,000) to support academic achievement by aligning dollars with each individual school’s Data Wise, a new Prince George’s County Public School literacy initiative.
- That each of the 10 neighborhood schools be eligible for a $1,000 grant (total: $10,000) to support the school appointing a staff person to communicate the good news of the school on a regular basis. Upon Council approval, details would be developed.
- That each of the 4 schools with the highest percentage of College Park students receive an additional $5,000 to support their technology needs ( total: $20,000). These Tier 1 schools are Hollywood, Paint Branch, Greenbelt Middle and Parkdale High. Of the 737 College Park students attending public elementary school 45% or 330 of the 737 attend Hollywood and 33% or 245 attend Paint Branch. Of the 200 College Park students attending public middle school, 86% or 172 attend Greenbelt Middle and of the 329 College Park students attending public high school, 65% or 214 attend Parkdale.
Please see below last week’s crime map and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.
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Although new models show Hurricane Joaquin moving out to sea, the storm could still bring strong winds and more rain to Maryland and other East Coast states already drenched from the Nor’easter.
MD Governor Mr. Hogan has declared states of emergency as forecasters warned of flash floods from historic Charleston, South Carolina, to Washington, D.C. — regardless of whether Joaquin comes ashore or tracks farther out to sea.
Here is the statement we got from the Prince George’s county administration about their plan to address Joaquinn and its aftermath.
In preparation of Hurricane Joaquin the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) is preparing for heavy rain and wind to blanket the area. The Office of Highway Maintenance is currently checking and cleaning all trash racks and pumping stations. Jet vac crews will be stationed at D’Arcy Road. Tree crews will be on stand by and will remain available to respond to any downed tree emergencies during this weather event.
Residents are reminded that during heavy rain events, low lying and flood prone areas will flood. Residents should check and clean gutters and down spouts, as well as yard grates, sump pumps and sump drains. Finally, residents should not attempt to drive through flooded streets at any time. If the road markings are covered with water and not visible, residents should not attempt to drive through the water. Residents are also reminded that DPW&T does not distribute sand bags. Burlap bags and sand are available at most hardware stores; sandless bags may be available as well.
The Department of Public Works and Transportation recommends that residents and those who work or commute through Prince George’s County to register for “Alert Prince George’s” text, email, and/or voice alerts of emergency messages. To sign-up for the system, visit Alert.mypgc.us to register your information. Current subscribers are also encouraged to log-in and update their existing account.
During this weather event “We encourage our residents to proceed with caution and to take the necessary precautions to remain safe”, said Darrell B. Mobley, Director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T).
“College Values Online” – an online magazine has ranked College Park #44 in the list of top 50 College towns. You can see the list here. The ranking is based on a few important factors, such as cost of living, unemployment, and crime rates.
I explaining the ranking, College Values Online writes the following:
“Located in Northwestern Maryland, College Park boasts an impressively low unemployment rate by both state and national standards. It is home to the “Archives II” facility of the U.S. National Archives, a major employer in the city along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It also encompasses the Calvert Hills Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the National Archives Archeological Site, among several other sites of historic note. Three museums contribute to College Park’s cultural presence: The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park Aviation Museum, and the National Museum of Language.”
Let’s work to make the ranking even better! In the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, College Park made an ambitious goal – to make the City one of top 20 College Town in America.
Great news! The SHA has been studying the interchange at Route 1 and Edgewood road, in order to improve safety at this intersection. Here is the latest concept plan I got from the SHA. Highlights of the improvement include:
1. Three out-bound lanes from Edgewood to Route 1 (currently there are two lanes). The SHA has been in touch with the owner of the property (where the old house was demolished recently), for the right-of way acquisition along Edgewood Road.
2. Two in-bound lanes to Edgewood from Route 1 and I-495 in-bound ramp (currently there is one lane)
3. Elimination of the current ramp going to the internal loop from north bound Route 1.A new ramp is planned, north of the existing one. The eastbound ramp pavement will be removed as part of this project.
4. Elimination of the current ramp coming from the internal loop to Route 1 north. There will be a new two lanes added to the existing ramp going to Route 1 south.
As far as the project’s status goes, topographic survey is anticipated to be completed by the end of next month. At this time, the SHA will have a preliminary concept for this project, however the alignment is not set due to delays in survey. After the project is funded, construction is estimated to start in Spring 2019.
The project will be added to the Project Life Cycle section of SHA’s website and may be viewed here: http://apps.roads.maryland.gov/WebProjectLifeCycle/ProjectHome.aspx?d=36.
Our City staff has been involved in the current concept phase. Additionally, I’ve asked the project manger to come to a future Council worksession, so that we can discuss the project in more details.
Please let us know if you have further questions.
The former location of College Park Auto Parts will become a coffeehouse from a business owner familiar with the neighborhood. The yet-to-be-named spot at 7131 Baltimore Avenue will have 4,500 square feet spread over two floors. Please read more about the story here on the Washington Business Journal and on the Diamondback.
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Several groups are organizing three candidate open house and debate events about the upcoming November 3rd Mayor and Council election. Please see them below.
Monday October 5th : from 7pm-9pm
Candidate Open House
at City Hall , 4500 Knox Road
By the College Park Democratic Party / Club
Thursday, October 8th, at 7:30 pm
District 1 Candidate Debate,
at Davis Hall, 9217 – 51st Avenue
by the North College Park Citizens Association.
Saturday, October 10th from 3pm – 4pm
at the Branchville Fire Department, 4905 Branchville Rd.
by, the city-wide Civic Leaders Association
Looks like a funding dispute will be delaying the next step in the development of the new FBI building, according to this NY Times article.
The GSA has been looking into three possible sites, Greenbelt Metro site is one of them.
In august, The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) notified the FBI that there was no money in the budget to cover costs for the project, including what the government might pay up front to acquire the chosen site or to rent back the facility once it is built.
A congressional appropriation is an option, but unlikely. The developer could also be asked to include the cost of acquisition as as add-on, which will be charged to the government.
The report says that the final award is still on the schedule for next May, even the next step is going to be delayed.