Category: Development

New Flashing Pedestrian Light Coming near Sunnyside Skate Park

Good News! A new flashing pedestrian light (RRFB) will be installed on Rhode Island Ave at Odessa Rd near the Sunnyside Skate Park. The equipment has been ordered and the light is expected to be constructed as early as late next month or the latest by this November. The City Council allocated money in its […]

Tuesday August 25th, 2015 in Public Safety, Skate Park | No Comments »

County Pledges Another $20M to Purple Line

Prince George’s County will contribute an additional $20 million toward Purple Line construction costs, while Montgomery County leaders have agreed to offer up another $40 for the rail line, College Park Patch report. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III said Friday leaders have agreed to increase the county’s contribution by $20 million in […]

Monday August 24th, 2015 in County, Purple line | No Comments »

Council Asks SHA to Address Concerns about Rt 1 Reconstruction

SHA presented a summary of the current plans of Route 1 reconstruction design during the August 5, 2015 Worksession. City, County, and University staff have urged SHA to consider some additional changes to create an appropriate landscape buffer for pedestrians and improved safety for cyclists. In the past, SHA has met with City, County, and […]

Wednesday August 12th, 2015 in City Council, Development, Route 1 | No Comments »

Rt. 1 Undergrounding Utilities Off-table, for Now

Representatives from the SHA came to last week’s Council meeting and gave an update on the reconstruction project of Rt 1 from College Avenue to Rt 193. Representatives told us that the undergrounding of utilities is off the table, at least for now, mainly because there is no funding available at this time. The issue […]

Monday August 10th, 2015 in Development, Route 1 | No Comments »

Council to Discuss Design Concept for the City Hall Site

Recently, City staff and the University of Maryland Foundation held a meeting to review design options for a joint development on the City Hall block between Baltimore Avenue and Yale Avenue. The workshop was lead by the architecture and planning firm, Design Collective, and Streetsense, a retail consulting firm, also attended. At this Wednesday’s worksession, […]

Monday August 3rd, 2015 in City Hall, Development | No Comments »

Council to Discuss Hollywood Road Extension Project

At next week’s Council worksession, the scope of services for the proposed Hollywood Road extension project will be presented. There is $500,000 in escrow for the planning, design and construction of the extension of Hollywood Road on the west side of Route 1 to connect to the road in front of Mazza GrandMarc Apartments. On […]

Friday July 31st, 2015 in Development | 4 Comments »

College Park Metro Development

Recently, representatives from Prince George’s County, the City of College Park, the University of Maryland and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority came together for an event to showcase College Park on Wednesday and highlight development opportunities at the College Park Metro station.

Sunday July 26th, 2015 in Development | No Comments »

Route 1 Undergrounding Project May Not Happen

Based on what we’re learning from the SHA, the undergrounding utilities project on Route 1 may not happen. The State Highway Administration (SHA) has recently asked for a commitment from the City by June 8 to fully fund the underground utility relocation (minus the SHA estimated cost of aerial relocation) associated with the reconstruction of […]

Wednesday June 3rd, 2015 in Development, Route 1 | 3 Comments »

SHA to Present Greenbelt Interchange Plan

Mr. John Webster, a consultant project engineer for the State Highway Administration (SHA), will present a status report on the Greenbelt Metro Interchange Project at tomorrow’s worksession. The proposed improvements are 3 miles in length located along I-95/1-495 (Capital Beltway) at the Greenbelt Metro and at the MD 201 (Kenilworth A venue) interchanges. The limits […]

Monday June 1st, 2015 in Development | No Comments »

College Park’s Future Developments and Project Revenues

Please see below a list of future developments kin College Park and their projected revenues. (Source: City’s Finance department) Please note that these estimates are very tentative, as some of these projects may stray from their projected timetable or may never be built at all.

Wednesday May 20th, 2015 in Development | No Comments »

Council to Expand Tax Incentive Program to Redevelop College Park’s Motels

At a February worksession, I asked the Council to expand City’s tax incentive programs in order to redevelop College Park’s motels. Many of these motels are in north College Park, where many residents think are sources of problems. Reports of frequent prostitution activities have resulted in a few sting operations by our police. A woman […]

Tuesday May 19th, 2015 in Development | No Comments »

Gateway Park Development Hit with Delay

The Gateway Park development at the south east corner of  Edgewood Rd and Route 1 has been hit by an uncertainty with the State’s Program Open Space fund. Even though the City has the grant money, it needs State’s approval to spend. the Board of Public Works made approximately $400 million in cuts to agencies’ […]

Monday March 23rd, 2015 in Development, Gateway | 3 Comments »

In Pictures – the Revised UMD Hotel Design

The developer came to last night’s Council worksession and presented the revised UMD Hotel design. Here are some of the design schematics. I must say the new design is much more attractive than the previous one. As I wrote earlier, the developer has agreed to reduce the height of the buildings from 13 stories to […]

Wednesday March 18th, 2015 in Development | No Comments »

Council to Discuss Revised Detailed Site Plan of the “UMD Hotel”

At tomorrow’s Council worksession, the City Council will discuss teh revised detailed site plan of “The Hotel” at the corner of Route 1 and Paint Branch Pkwy. The applicant, Southern Management Corporation, Inc., filed a Preliminary Plan of Subdivision and a Detailed Site Plan with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) last fall. […]

Monday March 16th, 2015 in Development, The Hotel | No Comments »

Council Asks MD Governor to Continue Funding Revitalization Programs

At last week’s meeting, the City Council approved a letter supporting the Governor’s fiscal year 2016 request to continue funding the program along with Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) other core neighborhood revitalization programs. These programs include: Neighborhood Business Works and the Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Fund. Since 2002, Community Legacy […]

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Saturday February 21st, 2015 in Development | No Comments »