Occurs The First Saturday of every month(s) effective 7/2/2016 at 2:00 PM.
The Washington Business Journal has recently run this cover story titled “College Park grows up” and talks about the developments taking place in College Park.
At the last worksession the city Council discussed the best way to move forward with the proposed streetscape design plan. The Council plans vote tomorrow about awarding the design contract to Sabra, Wang and Associates, with the following goals in mind.
- The fitness trail planning and design will be less complicated than the streetscape planning and design. The funding will come from Program Open Space, but it was included in this contract to move it forward. It is important to do a 30% design based on a survey and topographic study to determine feasibility and to present options to the community. Staff can examine if the trail design process can move more quickly than the streetscape design.
- It is intended that an improved streetscape with safer and more attractive pedestrian and bike facilities will improve the economics of these properties and lead to reinvestment. However, we don’t expect that the streetscape investments alone could trigger major redevelopment. We’ll discuss incentives that could be used in conjunction with public area investment which might lead to significant redevelopment. Agreeing on these incentives and developing the streetscape plan at 30% could proceed simultaneously. If we were successful in attracting interest in redevelopment, the 30% plans could be modified to work with the redevelopment plans. The City has been working to recruit a development consultant, who would be a good resource to advise us on the kinds of incentives and development that would likely be successful.
- Staff will work with the consultant regarding the availability of traffic data that would allow the project to move through the first four tasks more quickly.
The streetscape project team will meet with the Hollywood Neighborhood to review the proposed improvements, as part of the design contract. I’ll keep you posted as we move forward with this project.
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The City was awarded a Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) grant for $66,180 from the Prince Georges County Stormwater Stewardship program to fund bioretention along Narragansett Parkway near Muskogee Street. Additionally, the City was also awarded a CBT grant for $80,960 from the Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Program to fund a bioswale along Rhode Island Ave between Greenbelt Road and Techumseh Street.
The City worked with the Low Impact Development Center (LIDC), headquartered in Beltsville, to design the projects and manage the permit process. Throughout the process, planting plans for both projects have been reviewed by the Tree and Landscape Board. For implementation, it was determined that grouping both projects together would be the most efficient and economical method of procuring construction.
At the advice of the LIDC, staff contacted Corvias, the prime contractor for the Prince Georges Clean Water Partnership (CWP). Under the CWP, Corvias is currently implementing and maintaining $100 million in stormwater projects throughout the County. Due to the relative size of the City’s projects, Corvias recommended one of their certified subcontractors, Stormwater Maintenance, LLC (SWM). The firm is currently under contract with several local jurisdictions and the City can receive favorable terms by riding an existing contract from a larger jurisdiction, in this case, a contract from Harford County, Maryland.
The Council is expected to approve the projects at this Tuesday’s Council meeting. Depending upon the Council approval and final permit sign-off from the County, construction is expected to commence by September/ October and all work should be completed by December. Outreach to nearby property owners will be conducted before work begins.
Parents – please meet former Maryland Terrapin, Grevis Vasquez, on Saturday, August 27 (10 am – 2 pm) at Duvall Field for a family-oriented event and Back-to-School give away. Please see below for details. Please share with other parents.
Thanks everyone who came out at yesterday’s National Night Out event. Special thanks to the event organizers (Kennis Termini and others), our City and County staff and officials, Police officers, NCPCA, Boys and Girls Scout for making the event possible.
Today, more than 16,000 communities across the country will host National Night Out events on TODAY, Aug. 2 hoping to instill confidence in their community and promote crime prevention and safety. In north College Park, the National Night Out will take place at Duvall Field at 7 pm- 9 pm.
Here are the top 5 reasons to attend today’s event. Please spread the word!
#1 Meet your local police officers. The event is designed to build bridges between the community and the police. Our officers help protect us and our families from crime. Come bring your questions about recent crime trends and how the police are responding to them and working to prevent crime in the future. Also, learn helpful tips and tricks on how to protect yourself from common types of crime.
#2 Great food! The Boy Scouts will be grilling hot dogs for sale, and we’ll have snacks and soft drinks. It should be a great evening and a great chance to meet your neighbors and get to know your local police officers!
#3 Meet your neighbors and join the Neighborhood Watch Program. According to crime statistics, crime in our area is not limited to nighttime. Not everyone can afford a home security system. Police can’t be everywhere at once and must rely on the active participation of community residents for crime prevention. Since crime is most likely to occur when no one is watching, a Neighborhood Watch team can act as an extra set of “eyes and ears” when police aren’t around. Neighborhood Watch does more than just canvass the community. It also gives residents an opportunity to get to know others in the neighborhood, open the lines of communication with local police and encourage better overall cooperation among residents in crime prevention efforts. Participation in Neighborhood Watch builds confidence and encourages residents to take an active interest in one another’s properties and livelihoods.
#4. Fun activities for kids of all ages!
Melissa Sites, director of College Park Arts Exchange, will be playing guitar and singing traditional folk songs and acoustic favorites.
We’ll have a moon bounce, face painting, and other activities!
And while you’re there, you can find out about how to protect your child with a child identification kit to help the police know who your child is if he or she gets lost.
#5 Take a stand against crime and let criminals know that our neighborhood is organized against crime. National Night Out is all about building support and increasing participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthening neighborhood spirit and improving relationships between the police department and local residents. To celebrate the nationwide event, you are encouraged to lock your, turn on your porch lights and spend the evening outdoors with your neighbors.
The Council will discuss awarding a contract for the design of Hollywood Streetscape project. The scope includes the segment of Rhode Island Avenue in order to improve pedestrian, bike and bus facilities; create more usable public space; and to improve the aesthetics of the streetscape to provide a distinct sense of place for the Hollywood Neighborhood.
The project limits along Rhode Island Ave are from the Capital Beltway in the north to Muskogee Street in the south. The project limits along Edgewood Road are Narragansett Parkway in the East, and 300’ west of Rhode Island Ave in the west. The Streetscape Revitalization Final Report was completed in April 2015. Specific recommendations in the report include building sider sidewalks, turn service roads into shared bike lane, mini-park, plant trees and landscaping, gateway signage and art elements, wellness circuit and exercise stations.
These recommendations were well received by the community but require additional study and design before they can be implemented.
This is proposed to be accomplished through a 2-phase approach. Phase 1 will involve data collection, meetings with Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation and community input to determine the final streetscape elements to be included for 30% design drawings. Phase 2 will prepare 100% design drawings and specifications for construction bidding.
Staff is recommending the consulting team of Sabra, Wang and Associates, Inc. and Floura Teeter Landscape Architects for this project based on their familiarity and experience with the City. Funding for the project is available in the Capital Improvement Program.
A FY 2017 State Bond Bill in the amount of $150,000 was approved for design and construction. Sabra Wang and Associates has given an estimate of $67,337.25 for the phase 1 of the design work, which will take about 4 months after the project initiation.
The project team will meet with the Hollywood Neighborhood to review the proposed improvements.
Please elt me know if you have any questions. Thank you!
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At this week’s Council worksession, the City Council will consider extending the proposed downtown food truck hub until midnight.
College Park Ventures LLC received City support for a food truck hub located in Downtown College Park at the former Little Tavern site, at the intersection of Route 1 and Lehigh Road. Operation of this hub is expected to commence on September 2 with two trucks. The hours of operation of this hub were proposed to be 11:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Sunday.
Based on new County Council legislation (CB-48-2016) recently approved, food truck hubs are permitted to operate until midnight with approval from the municipality in which they reside as well as the County Council Member representing the area. College Park Ventures LLC is requesting a letter of support from the City to operate the downtown food truck hub until 12:00 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
In addition, College Park Ventures LLC proposes to operate a second food truck hub in the University of Maryland M Square Research Park Monday through Wednesday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
National Night Out (NNO) is a community-police partnership that provides a unique opportunity for residents to increase awareness about crime prevention and safety, get to know their neighbors, and meet local law enforcement and other public safety officers.
Please turn on your porch or lamp-post lights from dusk to midnight on Aug 2!
Berwyn 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Join friends and neighbors for hot dogs, ice cream, and games at the park. Talk with local law enforcement, local officials, and get city and police resources. Maps for the new walking tour in Berwyn will also be available and groups will head out on the tour.
Cherry Hill 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Meet & Greet in the Cherry Hill Neighborhood Park on Kiernan Road. Join PGPD COPS officers for a walk through the neighborhood.
College Park Woods 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Meet & Greet in the College Park Woods Swim Club for community members, law enforcement officers and elected officials.
Meet at the Lakeland Community Park at 6:00 p.m. Community Officials at 7:30 p.m. Community Walk at 8:00 p.m. walk the Lakeland Community ending at Adams Park.
North College Park 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Meet at Duvall Field , Talk to police and local officials. Moonbounce for children. Fodd / hot dogs for everyone.