Category: Development

Conceptual Facade Designs for the Hollywood Commercial District

Recently, we met with staff from the City, County and the Park and Planning recently to review a design study on the facade / store front improvement of the stores at the Hollywood commenrcial district. The City has some matching grants that these businesses can apply to make these changes happen. The designs will be […]

Thursday October 30th, 2014 in Development | No Comments »

Residents Speak About New City Hall Options

About 3 dozen residents came to last night’s town hall meeting and told the Mayor and council about what they think about the two future City Hall sites. Our staff made a presentation about two sites before residents offered their feedback. You can see that presentation here. Residents who favored the Calvert Road site made […]

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 in City Hall, Development | No Comments »

FBI Development at Greenbelt: The Question on Environmental Impact

I’ve received a few questions from residents with concerns of the proposed development’s impact on the surrounding area, particularly With respect to the effect of the proposed stormwater management facilities on flooding along the rest of Indian Creek watershed. I contacted the project’s developer on these concerns. He argues that the impact from the project […]

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 in Development, FBI | 1 Comment »

City to Seek Public Input On New City Hall Options

Tomorrow, at 7pm, the City Council will host a public forum on the future City Hall options. The Council has been considering two sites with several development options. The site options include: (1) The current Knox Road site: This includes tearing down the site and rebuilding a new building there (2) Rebuilding at the 4601 […]

Monday October 27th, 2014 in Announcements, City Hall, Development | No Comments »

City Sends Its Comments Supporting FBI Move to Greenbelt Site

At last night’s worksession, the City Council decided to send a letter to GSA with its comments on FBI’s possible move to the Greenbelt location. GSA is seeking public input as part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. Here is the draft text of that letter: The City of College Park supports the Greenbelt […]

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 in Development, FBI | No Comments »

Council Approves Hollywood Commercial District Streetscape Design Project

At last week’s Council meeting, the Council awarded a contract to Floura Teeter, the landscape architect company that recently designed the Hollywood Gateway Park, to make a conceptual design plan for streetscape improvements in the Hollywood Commercial District. These improvements could include street furniture and a pedestrian area, pedestrian lights, better sidewalks and bicycle facilities, […]

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 in Development, Hollywood Streetscape | 2 Comments »

One More Hollywood Eyesore Slated for Demolition

The much discussed abandoned property (aka “Spooky House”) at the north east corner of Route 1 and Edgewood Rd is expected to be demolished soon. The property has been an eyesore for a long time and has only contributed to give a negative impression of our neighborhood. We hope once the demolition is completed, the […]

Wednesday October 15th, 2014 in Announcements, Development, Route 1 | 9 Comments »

SHA Presents Beltway Exchange and Widening Plan

The State Highway Administration came to last Thursday’s NCPCA meeting to present their plan to improve access from I-495 beltway to the Greenbelt Metro.  Here you can see a copy of their presentation slide here.  As part of the plan, SHA is suggesting to add another ramp for the westbound traffic, merging into the existing […]

Tuesday October 14th, 2014 in Development | No Comments »

Monument Village to Break Ground Next Wednesday

The official groundbreaking event for Monument Village in north College Park will take place next Wednesday Oct. 8th 2014 at  9122 Baltimore Ave College Park MD.  Please see the flyer below for more details.  Council member Denise Mitchell, Alan Hew and Mary Lehman are expected to speak. If you plan to join, please RSVP to Pam Zandy […]

Wednesday October 1st, 2014 in Announcements, Development, Monument development | 2 Comments »

SHA Plans to Improve Rt 1 Pedestrian Safety At I-495 Ramp

Recently a north College Park resident and high school student came to the NCPCA meeting and suggested to make some improvements at the I-495 ramp near the Edgewood Road and Route 1 intersection. The SHA engineer studied the intersection further and made the following changes. (1) SHA review confirmed that pedestrians currently do not have […]

Thursday September 18th, 2014 in Route 1 | No Comments »

GSA to Host Public Meetings on FBI’s Future Sites

Last week, the General Services Administration announced there will be four hearings to discuss potential sites for the new FBI headquarters over the next month. These meetings are public open houses where residents can meet with GSA planners to learn more about the project while “identifying issues and potential impacts associated with the FBI Headquarters […]

Wednesday September 17th, 2014 in Announcements, Development, FBI | No Comments »

Council to Discuss FBI Development at Greenbelt Metro

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the City Council will discuss the proposed FBI development at the Greenbelt Metro development. Based on my conversation with Garth Beall, the developer at the A.H. Smith Greenbelt Management, the core FBI development will consist of 5 buildings. Their heights will range from from 10 to 16 stories. The developer is […]

Monday September 15th, 2014 in Development, FBI | 5 Comments »

Route 1 Sidewalk in North College Park Can be Rebuilt by Next Year

Representatives from the State Highway Administration (SHA) came to last night’s Council worksession to talk about the sidewalk retrofit program in north College Park (from MD 193 to I-495). The SHA representative told us the project can begin as early as within a year and it will take about 6 months to complete. This means the […]

Wednesday September 3rd, 2014 in Development | No Comments »

Ignoring Residents, Council Moves to Study Extending Hollywood Road

In last night’s Council meeting, the City Council voted 4-4 on the motion to relieve the developer from their escrow obligation to develop and finance an extension of Hollywood Rd west of Route 1. Council members Mitchel, Dennis, Day and Kabir supported the motion, while Council members Wojahn, Brennan, Hew and Stullich opposed it. Mayor […]

Wednesday August 13th, 2014 in Development, Hollywood Road Extension | 3 Comments »

In Pictures – The Hotel at the University

The developer of the proposed 4-star “The Hotel” at the corner of Route 1 and Paint Branch Avenue came to last week’s Council worksession to present their plan to the College Park City Council. The highlights of the plan include (1) 329,00 gross sq ft (2) 292 guestrooms (3) 14,700 sf of ballroom space (4) […]

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Monday August 11th, 2014 in Development, The Hotel | 5 Comments »