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Category: Development

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 | No 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 […]

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

Duvall Field Project Gets Expanded Scope

Last summer, the City Council awarded two contracts for the replacement of the concession / restroom building at Duvall Field in order to preserve State of Maryland funding that was nearing expiration. The State approved these contracts and a Notice to Proceed was issued in November 2014. Subsequently, a developer contribution was received that provides […]

Wednesday February 18th, 2015 in Development, Duvall Field | No Comments »

The Hotel at UMD to Scale Down it’s Design

The developer of the proposed “The Hotel at the UMD” at the corner of Route 1 and Paint Branch Pkwy has decided to scale down the development by 3 stories to comply with the federal aviation regulation. You can learn more about the change here on the Washington Post. According to the Post, the developer […]

Friday February 6th, 2015 in Development, The Hotel | No Comments »

Target Express to Open Neighborhood Market in College Park

At last night’s worksession, staff told us that the chain store Target will open its smaller “express” version in the  Landmark development (formerly the Book Exchange) in College Park. According to this report, the discount retailer, which opened its first TargetExpress store last July on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis, and was planning to open […]

Wednesday February 4th, 2015 in Business, Development | No Comments »

Council to Review Development Tax Credit Program

At tonight’s Council worksession, the City Council will discuss reviewing City’s current tax credit program. Staff and the City Attorney are recommending modifications to the Ordinance to ensure the Program meets its goals of incentivizing high-quality redevelopment projects. Since its adoption in November 2012, the City’s Revitalization Tax Credit Program has received four applications. The idea […]

Tuesday February 3rd, 2015 in Development | No Comments »

Council to Discuss Annual Development Activities in College Park

At tomorrow’s worksession, the Council will discuss the annual economic development report. Highlights of the report include: Since 2005, the City’s main commercial corridor, Route 1, has been transforming from an auto-dominated thoroughfare into a series of walkable nodes inside the Beltway, landing $1 billion in private investment. The economic growth has caused the population growing nearly […]

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Monday February 2nd, 2015 in Development | No Comments »