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City Moves Toward Renewable and Efficient Energy Policies

At next week’s Council worksession, it will discuss and consider approving a resolution for an Energy Efficiency Policy and a Renewable Energy Policy and authorize staff to submit an Action Plan for Energy Reduction and Renewable Energy Generation Program.

The city has elected to pursue an energy efficiency policy with the goal of reducing per square foot electricity consumption of city-owned buildings 15% within 5 years of the 2013 baseline year

Additionally, the City has been looking for a renewable energy policy with the goal of reducing conventional centralized electricity generation serving city buildings by meeting 20% of electricity demand with distributed, renewable energy generation by 2022.

The city was awarded grant funding in an amount up to $70,361 for specific projects to meet these goals. Grant funds may also be used for project planning and administration. In order to help the city identify appropriate projects and prepare an action plan, the city retained the services of Suzanne H. Parmet, Esq. The draft plan is attached and lists the types of improvement projects that may be implemented in each city facility. These improvements are based on energy audits previously completed by the city and may be adjusted, if needed, during the course of the program

City Readies its New Website

College Park's new website

College Park’s new website

After months of work, College Park’s new website is finally ready for the prime time. The new website is expected to go live early next month.

IT staff has worked with all departments throughout the City and has finally developed our new and improved website. Staff has followed the suggestions provided by the Mayor and Council along with the community focus group assigned to the project.

Staff will present the current site at next week’s worksession. During the worksession, as the Council will be able to go “inside” City’s network, staffwill demonstrate the full functionality and access the linked material. Once the site is reviewed by the Council and there is an agreed upon date, staff will replace our current temporary website with the new one, giving it the same web address (collgeparkmd.gov).

City’s Arts Society Presents Council a Special Gift!

WP_20131126_006To mark their tenth anniversary, the College Park Needle Arts Society presented a specially made quilted wall hanging to Mayor Andrew Fellows and the College Park City Council at last Tuesday’s Council meeting.

The quilt was designed by members of the Needle Arts Society, and was then pieced and quilted by the group’s founder, Leslie Montroll. The quilt has 160 colorful blocks framing a center medallion, uses 19 different fabrics and measures approximately 65 x 85 inches. It was made to hang in the City’s Old Parish House.

The blocks for the quilt are based on a traditional “snowball” block. However, the fabrics in the quilt are far from traditional. Nearly all the fabrics were donated from the collection of Pamela and Nathaniel Safford, residents of College Park for nearly 58 years.

While they are quite fond of international fabrics, especially African prints and Dutch wax batiks, all the fabrics were purchased at local shops. Over the years, the Saffords have generously donated much of their extra fabric to the Needle Arts group. Montroll and the Needle Arts Society members had been thinking of a special way to celebrate the group’s tenth anniversary this fall.

They wanted to not only thank the City for providing the group a weekly home, but also honor Mr. and Mrs. Safford for their long-term dedication to the City by making something for the community utilizing their fabric collection.

Since several of the group’s members are quilters, a quilted wall hanging seemed like the perfect solution. The Old Parish House is the second oldest building in the City. Located at 4711 Knox Road, it was originally constructed in 1817 as a dairy barn as part of the Calvert Estate. The structure was converted to a church around 1894 and later served as a parish house for St.
Andrews’s Episcopal Church.

In 1957, the building was purchased by the Women’s Club of College Park for use as their headquarters. In 1998, the building was donated to the City of College Park for use as a community center. The College Park Needle Arts Society meets at the Old Parish House each Friday, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The group provides an informal place for adults to gather to work on various
needle arts projects, enjoy mutual inspiration and camaraderie. New members are always welcome. There are no dues, no officers and no group projects.

Congratulations, Jerry Anzulovic!

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Jerry Anzulovic receiving the first Jack Perry award

In last night’s Council meeting, the Council awarded the newly formed Jack Perry award to Berwyn resident Jerry Anzulovic for his outstanding contribution to the community.

The Mayor and Council created the Jack Perry Award on February 26, 2013, and formed the Jack Perry Award Committee which consisted of Jack’s son Sean Perry, Councilman Bob Catlin and Director of Public Works Bob Stumpff.

The City received two nominations, and the Committee voted unanimously to recommend Jerry Anzulovic as the recipient of the inaugural Jack Perry Award.

Mr. Anzulovic lives in Berwyn and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Berwyn Civic Association. On behalf of the Council, Mayor Fellows presented the award to Mr. Anzulovic.

Metropolitan Development Vote Postponed ’til Next Tuesday

The Council vote on the Metropolitan development at Cherokee and Route 1 has been delayed by one week. The Council was originally scheduled to vote on the matter at tonight’s Council meeting.

The developer met with the members of the community last night at the City hall and discussed quite a few issues surrounding the development. Unfortunately, differences remain and we felt we didn’t have enough time to resolve those differences.

The group plans to meet again next Monday at 7:30 pm at the City hall and close the differences mitigating the remaining concerns. The Council will then vote on the agreement at next Tuesday’s Council meeting. As you know, the planning board hearing on this development will happen December 5.

Of the major concerns, parking is a major one. The residents are saying that they are already experiencing overflow parking in the neighbor and the development will only aggravate the parking situation. The developer is saying they can build more parking inside the development, but that will not solve the problem, as the tenants will most likely park in the neighborhood streets as the parking there is free, where as they will need to pay a yearly fee to pay for the parking inside the development.

One solution to this parking issue is to institute a permit parking on the neighborhood street. This is certainly an inconvenient solution for many residents, however the developer may be willing to sponsor the program by buying these permit passes for the residents and their visitors.

Another solution is to make the parking inside the development more affordable or even make it free. this way the tenants will be more encouraged to park inside the development and not in the neighborhood street.

Group to Help Attract Local Businesses to City

Businesses like here in the Hollywood commercial district can benefit from the Tenant Improvement program

Businesses like here in the Hollywood commercial district can benefit from the Tenant Improvement program

In February of this year, Council initiated the Commercial Tenant Improvement Program, a matching grant program to attract new locally-owned businesses to the City by providing funds to prospective commercial tenants to build out the properties that they will be leasing.

To initiate the program, the City decided to pursue an agreement with the Maryland Small Business Development and Technology Center (SBDTC) that it would assist the City in reviewing and assessing applications. The SBTDC network is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the University of Maryland College Park and links private enterprise, government, higher education and local economic development organizations to provide management, training and technical assistance to Maryland’s small businesses.

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the Mayor and Council will a few changes to the original Tenant Improvement program. The SBDTC has offered to take on grantees as its clients and provide counseling services to strengthen their business model. As such, grantees must meet the SBDTC eligibility requirements, and complete three sessions with the SBDTC after initial acceptance, before completing the application.

Business applicants will still be required to submit business and financial plans to the City for review, which will be reviewed directly by City staff instead of the SBDTC.

In a separate resolution, the Council will consider approving a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) between the City and the SBDTC detailing the roles SBDTC will be playing in the Tenant Improvement Program.

North College Park Crime Report: November 17-23, 2013

Please see below last week’s crime report and let me know if you have any questions.

 

Stolen Vehicle

Event

 

Type

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To

Location

[11/22/13] STLVEH 11:11 12:07 10000 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,

Assault

Event

 

Type

From

To

Location

#L13321 ASLT 02:55 04:09 51ST AVE/NANTUCKET RD,

Breaking and Entering residential

Event

 

Type

From

To

Location

[11/22/13] BREAK 05:05 06:47 9500 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
[11/22/13] BREAK 19:27 21:16 9200 Blk DAVIDSON ST,

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[11/23/13] THEFT 13:02 13:45 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD,

Theft from Auto

Event

 

Type

From

To

Location

[11/22/13] THEFA1 04:38 05:45 9100 Blk 49TH PL,

Farmers Market Survey – Let us Know What You Think?

SurveyAs the Hollywood Farmers market is coming to an end today, please let us know about your experience about our market this year. Your comments will be extremely helpful in improving our market next year.

Here is the survey link.

Please take a few moments and fill the survey out. It only takes a few clicks. We appreciate your help!

Hollywood Final Market – Bill’s Backyard BBQ, Heavenly Created Desserts, Big Chess and More..

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market Newsletter. See you all tomorrow

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Celebrating the Hollywood Market Season: ​Tomorrow is the final day of our Farmers Market. Please come and show your appreciation to our vendors, some of whom have come 26 consecutive weeks to serve us with their fresh, nutritious food. As a special, Bill’s Backyard BBQ will be back with their popular mouth watering barbecue (more below). We’ll also see other regulars, such as Heavenly Created Desserts, Roy’s Eastern Delights, Calvert Farm, Shlagel Farm and many more. We’ll also bringing back our life-size chess set to our market one more time this year. In the past, m any residents, especially children, have played and enjoyed it enormously. Please come tomorrow and challenge one of your neighbors!

Bill's Backyard BBQ at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Bill’s Backyard BBQ at the Hollywood Farmers Market


Featured Vendor: Bill’s Backyard BBQ Bill’s Backyard BBQ offers beef brisket, pulled pork, and grilled salmon with a variety of sides including baked beans, collard greens, or coleslaw. College Park resident Bill, our own local BBQ grill master, will come back this Saturday and grilling his delicious meat and fish right on site. A visit to the market isn’t complete until you get one of his complete meals to-go.

Cauliflower at the market


Produce of the Week: Cauliflower
Cauliflower is a member of the cabbage family of vegetables (cruciferous). You should eat cauliflower regularly for its fantastic health benefits! At a minimum, eat 2-3 servings of at least 1 1/2 cups of this kind of vegetable every week. Supercharge your diet by increasing the amount of cabbage-type vegetables to 4-5 serving each week or increase your serving size to 2 cups.

This week’s Vendors

1. Bill’s Backyard BBQ
2. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor
5. Green Sprouts
6. Calvert Farm
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Ferguson Family Farm
9. Heavenly Created Desserts
10. Chic Expressions
11. Henna Art
12. Eastern Delights
13. Caspari Farm

Roasted garlic cauliflower

Recipe of the Week :
Roasted Garlic Cauliflower
Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large head cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a large casserole dish.
  2. Place the olive oil and garlic in a large resealable bag. Add cauliflower, and shake to mix. Pour into the prepared casserole dish, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through. Top with Parmesan cheese and parsley, and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown.

Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 8am to 12 noon. Email: Hollwoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket
Copyright © 2013 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

City Awards Tenant Improvement Grants to Seven Retail Businesses

Azteca College Park

Azteca College Park

The City of College Park recently announced a total of $25,000 in Retail Business Improvement Fund awards to seven locally-owned and independent businesses for tenant improvements to their buildings.

The City received ten applications, this year’s seven awardees are Azteca Restaurant and Cantina, Bananas Hair Design, Cornerstone Grill & Loft, Fishnet, Hanami Japanese Restaurant, RJ Bentley’s, and Wood’s Flowers and Gifts.. Two of them are located in north College Park. They are Azteca and Woods Flowers & Gifts.

Back in February this year, the City Council introduced the award program in order to help locally owned businesses improve their buildings. Details below.

The program provides matching grants to existing businesses for improvements including electrical repairs, façade work, flooring, green initiatives, HVAC upgrades, and several other items. The grants ranged from $1,125 to the maximum of $5,000 and the improvements will be completed in the coming weeks and months. The total costs of the improvements are estimated to be $75,844, which results in $50,844 of private funding after the City’s match funding. The program is generating over two dollars of private funding for each dollar of City funding expended.

Established to help the City retain high-quality retail tenants, the Retail Business Improvement Fund was conceived through discussions with local retailers who cited funding for ongoing improvements as a primary need. Eligible applicants were limited to those with local ownership and outlets located only in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. After the submittal deadline, the City reviewed applications and ranked them on criteria including the amount of private investment, business type, and length of operation in College Park among other factors.

The Retail Business Improvement Fund replaced the City’s Business Sign Assistance Fund, which provided matching grants solely for the installation of new storefront signs. A new round of applications is expected to open beginning July 1, 2014.

Council Discusses $47.5K Grant to Area’s Schools

Hollywood Elementary School

Hollywood Elementary School

In last night’s Council meeting, the Mayor and Council discussed grants to areas schools that serve College Park’s students.

The purpose of the grants is to support local schools in enriching students’ educational experience. The grant funds available in FY 2014 available grant funds total $47,500. Grant amounts are available in two tiers- maximum $7,500 and maximum $2,500.

The amount a school is eligible for is dependent on the number of College Park students in their school. The four schools with the largest number of College Park students — Hollywood Elementary (335 College Park students), Paint Branch Elementary (216), Greenbelt Middle (168) and Parkdale High (210) are eligible for up to $7,500.

The other schools serving College Park residents — Berwyn Heights Elementary (32), Cherokee Lane (59), University Park Elementary (27), Buck Lodge Middle (19), Hyattsville Middle (22) and High Point High School (51) — are eligible for grants up to $2,500. Of the 10 application packets that were sent to qualified schools, 8 schools submitted applications.

Following review and discussion, the Education Advisory Committee sent the grant application from Greenbelt Middle School to answer some questions and will present its recommendation in December. The EAC recommended that the Mayor and Council award grant monies to the remaining schools for their submitted projects in the following amounts, totaling $32,500: (1) Hollywood Elementary for Equipment and Materials Investment to Enhance Educational Opportunities ($7,500) (2) Paint Branch Elementary for Cultural Arts Program ($7 ,500) (3) Parkdale High School for Blended Learning Opportunity/Credit Recovery ($7 ,500).

The Education Advisory Committee also recommended that the Mayor and Council award $2,500 in grant monies to each of the following schools for their submitted projects: (1) Berwyn Heights Elementary Healthy Initiative Project ($2,500), (2) University Park Elementary ESOL Reading Success ($2,500), (3) Buck Lodge Middle School Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports Incentive Program ($2,500) and (4) High Point High School Outreach Coordinator ($2,500)

UPDATE: Person Dies in Fire Incident in Sunnyside Skate Park

Fire incident at Sunnyside Skate Park

UPDATE (5:25 pm) : County’s Fire department is now saying the person has died from his injuries. It’s a very tragic event for all of us. More here.

s some of you probably know, an unfortunate incident happened early this morning at the Sunnyside Skate Park. A man in his 20’s suffered serious burn injury and was flown to hospital. Authorities are currently investigating the incident as a possible ‘attempted suicide’.

We’ll keep you posted as we find more.

You can read more about the incident here on the CBS News:

Council to Discuss City’s Two Farmers Market at Its Worksession

Senator Rosapepe at the grand opening of Hollywood Farmers Market

At tonight’s worksession, the City Council to discuss two farmers market in the city – the downtown farmers market and the Hollywood Farmers Market.

The Council will review last year’s performance of the Downtown College Park Farmers Market and the Hollywood Farmers Market and discuss how to best operate them in the coming year. Last year, the Council approved $28,600 to employ KSM Marketing to run the Downtown Farmers Market for the 2013 season.

Per the customer survey,residents were pleased with the locally grown emphasis at the downtown market, and the satisfaction level for the Downtown Market increased minimally from 58.1% to 60.3%, but the dissatisfaction level rose from 20% to 30.1 %. One of the major causes for dissatisfaction is the lack of vendors. Of 8 vendors in the Downtown Market, 4 said theywill return, 1 is unsure and 3 will not.

Unlike the Downtown Market, the Hollywood Farmers Market was run completely by a group of local residents. The market enjoyed 28 different vendors throughout the season selling avariety of local products such as produce, bread and baked goods, prepared food, coffee, meat, poultry and home-made crafts. Residents have also used the Hollywood market as a weekly meeting place.

To run the Downtown market, the staff is recommending one of the following two options (1) Employ a market master with limited duties, thus costing the City much less than last year, with the rest of the duties will be carried out by City’s economic development staff; or (2) recruit a non-profit market management company, such as FreshFarm, to run the market. Staff is recommending that the City utilize the first option to run the downtown market while pursuing the second.

We would also like the City to better support the Hollywood Farmers Market, to ensure that the market does not have to be entirely volunteer-run, and may ask the City staff to assist with the logistics of running the market, while continuing to have the market managed by volunteers.  The Council will discuss these and other options to support the Downtown and Hollywood Farmers Market.

The Metropolitan Development in North College Park Comes Before Council

In tomorrow’s worksession, the City Council will discuss the Metropolitan Development at Route 1 and Cherokee Street.

The original DSP for this project was submitted by JPI Development Services, LP and was called Jefferson Square at College Park. It was approved by the District Council on March 6, 2007 with conditions. The City entered into a Declaration of Covenants and Agreement with the applicant which was never recorded as the subject property was not purchased and the project was not developed. DSP’s are typically not valid beyond three years, however, the District Council has extended the validity period for county DSP’s until December 31, 2013 (legislation is pending to extend this period further).

Metropolitan Development Group has submitted a DSP application to MNCPPC in order to make some changes to the already approved plans. The Planning Board hearing is scheduled for December 5, 2013.

Elevation from Route 1

 

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Current site from Route1

 

The following table summarizes the differences between the previous approved plan and the proposed amended plan. The Detailed Site Plan (DSP) is being reviewed for compliance under the 2002 sector plan not the 2010 plan.

  Approved Plan Amended Plan
Total units 205 283
Townhomes (Total) 45 55
16′ wide 0 31
20′ wide 30 24
24′ wide 15 0
Multi-family (Total) 160 228
Studio 0 39
1 bedroom 77 93
2 bedrooms 67 96
3 bedrooms 16 0
Building Height 5 stories 3-6 stories 1
Proposed Lot Coverage 128,938 sf 130,441 sf
Percent 70.20% 71%2
Total parking spaces 592 398
Loading spaces 3 23
Retail space 41,500 sf 4,133 sf

We have a few concerns about the proposed changes, especially in the areas of parking and the reduced number of retails. We plan to meet with residents and developers and discuss those concerns.

North College Park Crime Report: November 11 – 16, 2013

Please see below last week’s crime report and let me know if you have any questions.

Stolen Vehicle

Event

From

To

Location

[11/16/13] 11:50 12:58 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

 

Breaking and Entering Residential

Event

From

To

Location

[11/16/13]
[11/16/13] 14:57 16:28 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
[11/16/13] 18:35 22:06 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

 

Theft

Event

 

From

To

Location

[11/12/13] 15:28 16:46 ECONO LODGE, 9624 Baltimore avenue
[11/16/13] 11:11 12:11 HOME DEPOT, 4700 Cherry Hill

 

Theft From Auto

Event

From

To

Location

[11/12/13]
11/12/13 06:59 08:05 5000  Blk  INDIAN LN,
11/12/13 07:57 08:53 5100  Blk  LACKAWANNA ST,
11/12/13 18:09 19:30 9400  Blk  RHODE ISLAND AVE,
11/12/13 21:52 22:42 10000 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,

 

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