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Food Trucks May Soon Be Seen in College Park Downtown

At tomorrow’s City Council meeting, the Council will approve a resolution supporting aa letter inviting food trucks in downtown College Park.

College Park Ventures is preparing to submit an application for a food truck hub license to the Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) for the former Little Tavern site at 7413 Baltimore Avenue.

Recent county legislation allows food truck hubs to be located within a one-quarter mile radius of a Metro or MARC station with an approval of the property owner or on M-NCPPC property. Other locations require authorization by resolution of the County Council. If located within a municipality, a letter of support from the municipality is required.

The proposed College Park Food Truck Hub property is owned by the University of Maryland College Park Foundation (UMCPF) which has provided a letter of permission for use of the property.

County Resolution CR26-2016 supporting this location is scheduled to be acted upon on May 10, 2016. The DPIE application indicates that up to four trucks operating between the hours of 11:00 am – 9:00 pm from Monday through Sunday are being requested.

The City recently entered into a license agreement with UMCPF regarding maintenance and use of the subject property for parking and installed meters for five parking spaces. Use of the property for four food trucks would preclude the ability to have any on-site parking. The effect of the food truck hub on this agreement needs to be explored with the UMCPF.

There will potentially be a loss of revenue from meter fees and citations associated with the five on-site parking spaces.

I’ve also requested information about the possibility of including food trucks to our two farmers markets. I’ll keep you posted if there is any progress.

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