A 978-Bed Student Housing Coming to Berwyn

Gilbane Development Company has applied to redevelop the properties at 8430 and 8510 Baltimore Avenue located on the west side of Baltimore Avenue (US 1) opposite Quebec Street. The site consists of two lots to be combined into one 2.054-acre parcel. The northern lot, located at 8510 Baltimore Avenue, is improved with a Burger King fast food restaurant (to be referred to in this report as the Burger King lot). The southern lot, at 8430 Baltimore Avenue, contains an abandoned restaurant ( referred to as the Northgate lot).

The Applicant is proposing to raze both existing structures and construct a mixed-use development containing 296 multifamily dwelling units (978 beds) and 1,084 square feet of retail space. The property will include a parking structure containing 300 parking spaces. A variation request has been submitted with the PP application to allow for the removal of 5 specimen trees (3 on the property and 2 on adjoining property). In addition, the Applicant is requesting approval to impact regulated environmental features including flood plain and woodlands. Additionally, the applicant is requesting several alternative development district standards from the 2010 Approved Central US 1 Corridor Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment (Sector Plan).

At this week’s meeting, the Council will discuss the Preliminary Plan of Subdivision (PP) and Detailed Site Plan (DSP) of the proposed development.

Exemption from the County’s school facilities surcharge
The Council will discuss whether to support a full exemption from the school facilities surcharge that Prince George’s County applies to new residential developments or redevelopments. This surcharge covers anticipated increases in public educational services required to accommodate the residents that new development brings. Inside the Capital Beltway-or if the building is located within a basic or conceptual site plan that abuts an existing or planned mass transit rail station operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)-the surcharge is $9,035 per unit. Last year, the County exempted some or all of the school facilities surcharge for undergraduate student housing built west of US Route 1, north of Knox Road, and south of Metzerott Road . This was to promote the goals of the University District Vision 2020, as that

City Revitalization Tax Credit
The Council consider supporting a Revitalization Tax Credit for the Gilbane Development Company for the Northgate project for a total of $571,020 over five years. Qualifying projects are eligible to receive a five-year tax credit on the increased assessment attributed to the taxable improvements upon project completion. The maximum tax credit is an amount equal to 75% of the increased assessment of City tax imposed in the first year, 60% in the second year, 45% in the third year, 30% in the fourth year, and 15% in the fifth year. Currently the properties are assessed at a value of $2,836,800, while the anticipated completion of the Project at the end of 2022 is estimated to increase the total assessment to $80,925,000. Therefore, the total increased assessment would be $78,088,200, which given the City’s current real property tax rate of $.325 per $100, results in a future annual tax bill of $263,006 upon completion.


Parents Share Concerns about County School Bus System

A group of College Park school parents has started an online petition asking the Prince George’s County Board of Education to address the school transportation issue. According to the petition, School-age children are repeatedly left standing at bus stops until well after school has started. The schools do not fully take into consideration these tardies that are not their responsibility.

It looks like these issues are somewhat caused by a school bus driver shortage issue that the PGCPS is experiencing for some time. PGPCPS still needs to hire about 100-150 drivers to fully staff the 97 of the 1,142 routes that don’t currently have assigned drivers. PGCPS is holding bi-weekly job fairs to fill the positions, however, they are fighting an uphill battle to attract candidates who are taking their expertise to Metro or other local school systems. Unfortunately, other neighboring school systems are also facing a driver shortage issue to some degree.

A few months back, the PGCPS CEO Dr. Goldson issued the following statement about the scheduling issues: “Your child’s bus route does not currently have an assigned driver and we are covering the route through other means, including substitute drivers and splitting routes. Unfortunately, there will likely be delayed arrivals and drop-offs until further notice”.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to know how many busses are arriving late in a given period. Last month the Fox5 – D.C. also reported the school system isn’t tracking how many buses are seriously behind schedule.

To fix the problem, the school board has formed a transportation task force that has been meeting monthly. Members are working to develop a plan that would combine routes to offset the driver shortage. An interim report is expected sometime this month. However, by March, the task force is expected to make scheduling recommendations for arrival and departure times, bus driver recruitment and retention and any changes that should be made for the next school year. The full report from the task force is expected to be released by spring break. Dr. Goldson is hoping to have a solution in time to implement for the 2020-21 school year.

Our City Council has limited influence over the PGCPS, however, we can share concerns with them in a letter approved by the Mayor and Council.


Community Meeting about a New Park in Sunnyside


College Park Crime Stats: December 2019

North College Park (15)

December  1 thru December  6, 2019.
9600 Blk 52ND Ave     Breaking & Entering
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD           Theft
4700 Blk Muskogee ST            Theft
9500 Blk Baltimore Ave          Theft

December  7 thru December  14, 2019.
9500 Blk 52ND AVE     Breaking & Entering
9600 Milestone Way   Theft
9500 Blk Baltimore Ave          Stolen Veh
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD           Theft from auto
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD           Theft from auto
10000 Blk Baltimore Ave        Theft from auto.
9600 Blk Milestone Way         Theft

December 15 thru December 21, 2019.
9100 Blk Baltimore Ave          Theft from auto
9000 Blk Baltimore Ave          Theft from auto
9600 Blk Baltimore Ave          Theft from auto.

December 22 thru December 27, 2019.
9600 Blk 53RD Ave      Theft from auto

Mid Town : Berwyn & Lakeland (4)

December  1 thru December  6, 2019.
8100 Blk Baltimore Ave          Theft

4800 blk Berwyn House Rd      Vandalism to Auto

4700 blk of Tecumseh St         Stolen Auto


8400 blk of Baltimore Ave      Recovered Stolen Auto

Old Town / Calvert Hill (3)

4100 blk of Guilford Dr           Vandalism
4300 blk of Hartwick Rd          Theft from Auto
7500 blk of Columbia Ave       Breaking & Entering

West College Park (1)
8800 blk of 35th Ave   Breaking & Entering
University of Maryland Police (14)

12/1/2018 21:00         Theft    4300 block Chapel Ln
12/2/2018 16:40         Theft    4028 Stadium Dr
12/5/2018 20:58         Assault 3900 block Campus Dr
12/6/2018 16:50         Theft    4298 Campus Dr
12/10/2018 12:00       Theft    8300 block Boteler Ln
12/8/2018 1:00           Burglary 3900 block Campus Dr
12/7/2018 16:00         Theft    4028 Stadium Dr
12/8/2018 20:00         Theft                4145 Valley Dr
12/17/2018 11:56       Sex Offense     6 Fraternity Row
12/13/2018 21:30       Theft    3400 block Tulane Dr
12/18/2018 9:00 Theft 8000 block Greenmead Dr
12/21/2018 12:49       Vandalism 3834 Campus Dr
12/27/2018 9:15         Vandalism       3291 Metzerott Rd
12/28/2018 22:00       Vandalism       7569 Baltimore Ave


MilkBoy to Close – Clarice to Continue Shows

After spending two and a half years in College Park, MilkBoy has closed. Shows produced by The Clarice are expected to continue at this location, and additional details about future plans are forthcoming.

A new good and beverage partner is being sought to bring quality arts, music and entertainment to this venue.

MilkBoy has said in a statement “we have loved our time in College Park, the community, and especially the people who became a part of our extended family. The city of College Park is a wonderful place and poised for great things ahead. “

Clarice will continue to present performing arts by national and international creative innovators and artists at this location, and we wish MilkBoy the best on its continuing ventures.

“From the beginning, we have aimed to add to the vibrant artistic community of Greater College Park. We feel it has always been our responsibility to be present in the community we value and create opportunities for community engagement with our Visiting Artist program. MilkBoy helped pave the way for us to do that in new and innovative ways, and we are grateful for their years of partnership.” – Clarice said in a statement.


Family Fun Bowling Bash

The City of College Park’s Recreation Board presents…
Family Fun Bowling Bash!

Sunday, January 26 from 1 to 4pm at Bowlero Lanes (formerly AMF College Park – 9021 Baltimore Ave)

Only $5* per person!!
Includes unlimited bowling from 1-4pm, shoe rental, soda and pizza
*For the first 100 City of College Park residents. Proof of residency required. After that, the price is only $10 per person

No reservations required and a limited number of lanes also have gutter guards!

For more information, please email events@collegeparkmd.gov


Join the 2020 Census Team

Join the 2020 Census team and be a Census Taker in our community. Census jobs offer weekly pay, flexible hours and a competitive rate of $21 an hour. The US Census is committed to hiring Census takers right here in College Park. By becoming a Census Taker, you can support our community while getting paid to do it. You can apply on line at www.2020census.gov/jobs.


Celebrate: City Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, January 11, 2020
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Dance Theatre in The Clarice at the University of Maryland

Inspiration and Entertainment for all Ages – this free event will honor the legacy of Dr. King.

This year’s theme: “Is His Dream your Dream Too?” will be explored through performances, panel discussion, and an audience Q&A segment.

Bring an unexpired non-perishable food item to donate at the event.

[City of College Park]


Holiday Light Recycling

Holiday string lights, working or non-working, are accepted for recycling at MOM’s Organic Market (9801 Rhode Island Avenue, College Park). The string lights are collected for recycling in December and the beginning of January.

Please remove lights from bags/packaging and place in designated holiday lights recycling bin located in the lobby when you enter MOM’s Organic Market.

What happens to the waste? Collected lights are broken down through smelting or shredding to recover raw commodities. These raw commodities are then used to create roofing and construction materials, piping, car batteries, other electronics, lead wheel weights, flatware, jewelry, and more!

[City of College Park]


What to Know During Snow Events?

The City of College Park’s priority during a snow event is public safety. Our goal is to clear snow and ice as quickly and efficiently as possible, restoring safe travel for emergency crews, motorists, and pedestrians. Snow and ice removal are considered an emergency operation and takes precedence over other Public Works tasks.

The snow plan will go into effect upon the order of the City Manager or the Director of Public Works. The plan consists of an Alert Phase and an Operation Phase. The alert phase may include pre-treating designated streets with salt brine to prevent snow and ice adhesion to the road surface. Snow or icy precipitation, which requires roadway treatment, will be considered an emergency under the operational phase.

These steps will be followed during a snow emergency:

  • Snow removal equipment will be dispatched to predetermined routes when snow or ice is imminent. Salting operations usually begin at the onset of precipitation, depending on pavement temperature and the forecast.
  • First application of salt will be ordered by the Director or Assistant Director of Public Works. Plowing operations will commence when there is an accumulated amount of snow or slush on the roadway.
  • Initially, one lane will be plowed on all streets followed by widening of the plowed lane. All streets will be plowed curb to curb, as conditions allow.
  • Designated crews will be dispatched to clear sidewalks, bus stops, Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beach (RRFB) cross walks, and the Trolley Trail locations throughout the City.
  • Snow and ice clearing operations will be carried out in accordance with established priorities as circumstances permit.

Parking During Snow Events

Department of Public Works crews plow and salt City streets and City parking lots to clear snow and ice.

Things you can do to help include:

  • Move parked cars off the street so the snow plows can clear snow to the curb.
  • If off-street parking is not available during predicted snowstorms, park on the EVEN side of the road (EXCEPTION: if your address is odd-numbered and the area across from your house is undeveloped, park on the odd side of the street)
  • The City is not responsible for clearing snow from driveways or driveway aprons – this is the resident’s responsibility. If you begin to remove snow before the trucks are finished, be mindful that your driveway may need to be cleared more than once.
  • After the snowplows have finished cleaning your street, clear snow and ice from the sidewalks, storm drains and fire hydrants in front of your residence.
  • Have patience: crews work around the clock during snow emergencies to clear the streets. Although your street may not be plowed as quickly as you would like, our crews will make their way to you. Your patience is appreciated during these times.

Always plan to set your refuse and recycling carts out for your regularly scheduled day during snow events.

Refuse and recycling collections may occur later in the day than normal, or they could be delayed a day.


The Department of Public Works is staffed around the clock during snow events.

Updates will be posted on the City’s website (www.collegeparkmd.gov), all City social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and emailed (sign up at www.collegeparkmd.gov/cpconnect).

You can also contact the Department of Public Works for more information by phone at 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov.

[City of College Park]


Holiday Survival Guide to Keep Pets Safe

The holidays are here and we need to be careful not to share certain food and goodies with our pets. Foods and goodies that can cause discomfort and illness for our pets include: wrapped gifts containing food; chocolate (all types); baked goods containing grapes, raisins and currents; food and candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol; bread dough; fruit cake; alcohol; turkey and turkey skin; table scraps including gravy and meat fat; any foods containing avocados, onions and garlic.

Holiday decorations are to be enjoyed by all but can be tempting toys for our pets. Tinsel, wires on lights, batteries, snow globes, glass or plastic ornaments need to be kept out of reach. Certain plants such as poinsettias, lilies, holly, Christmas cactus and mistletoe berries can be toxic if eaten by our pets. Tree preservatives and stagnant tree water is also off limits.

If you think your pet has eaten any of these items and is showing sudden changes in behavior, depression, vomiting or diarrhea, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Pet Poison Helpline (800-213-6680) or ASPCA Poison Control Hotline (1-888-426-4435) may be helpful.



VeoRide Bikes and Scooters: Where am I Allowed to Drive ?

Bikes and scooters should generally be used on roads, preferably in low traffic areas and bike lanes going with the flow of traffic. Remember to always yield to pedestrians. Exercise caution if it is necessary to cross or briefly travel on a busy road. Riders should always wear a helmet.

As of November 1, 2019, Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation issued a Park Directive to allow the use of Electric Bicycles and Electric Scooters on certain hard-surface hiker-biker trails on Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation property as part of a pilot program through August 31, 2020. The Lake Artemesia Park Trails that circle the lake, as shown on the image, are excluded from use by Electric Bicycles and Electric Scooters during the pilot program period.

For more details, please see the full Directive at this link.


Community Police Meeting, January 2nd, Thursday, @MoM’s, @7pm

Have questions about a crime that you or someone you know experienced recently? Want to learn some helpful tips about protecting you and your family from crimes in the future? Bring your questions to the police officers who work hard to protect us every day in the neighborhood. Please join them and meet other neighbors at 7 pm on January 2nd, Thursday, at MoM’s Cafe.


Going on Vacation? The Police Have Got Your Back

In case you’re planning to go out of College Park during this holiday season, our Police can provide premise and vehicle checks to the city residents FREE of charge.

Any resident of the city can use this service for everything from overnighters to extended stays away. Once a premise check is requested, police officers will visit your home to inspect the property, walking around to check for broken windows, suspicious vehicles and other signs of a possible intruder. Any suspicious activity is addressed, recorded and relayed to the property owner. Residents may use this link to request vacation premise checks of their property by our City Contract Police.

You can also submit it in person at City Hall. Hope you’ll find this helpful. Have a happy and safe holiday. Thank you!


City Offices Closed for Christmas and New Year Holidays

Closed for holiday

All City Offices will be closed from Tuesday, December 24 at noon through Wednesday, December 25, 2019 for the Christmas holiday as well as on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 for the New Year.

Wednesday’s refuse & recycling collections will be collected on Thursday and requests for special collections will only be scheduled for Friday for those weeks.
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