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Proposed JPI East Development on Route 1 and Cherokee

Metropolitan Development forwarded us their latest renderings for the mixed-use development  at 9091 Baltimore Avenue, just south of Cherokee street. The proposed development has 228 apartments, 55 town homes and 3,955 SF of retail. I will post the town home rendering, once we receive those. The developer came to NCPCA meeting back in April and discussed their new design.

Looking from South

Looking from South

JPI-East Elev West

Looking from west

View from north

View from north

View from east

View from east

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Council to Vote on Joining MD State Retirement Pension Plan

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MD State Retirement – Is this good for City employees?

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the City Council will vote on whether the City should join the Maryland State retirement plan.

Currently, the City employees contribute to a plan called 401A plan, which is  a defined contribution plan. In this plan, the City makes a 6.5% contribution to all employees towards their retirement. The contribution is invested in mutual funds with a  vesting period of 5 years. The current 401A plan does cost the employee nothing.

In the Maryland State Retirement Plan, the City will be contributing 6.47%. On top of that, the employee would have to contribute 7.0% pre-tax, effectively about 5.25%. In this proposed plan, the vesting period is 10 years but the employees are guaranteed to get the benefit once they retire, for the rest of their life.

Considering that the 401k is the most prevalent type of eligible retirement plan, however, you need to check out the gold ira rules.

That said, if the City were to buy into the plan and purchase 50% of employees’ past employment credits for 2013, it would cost 6.47% of payroll plus approximately $1.5 million as a one-time expense. This money will come from City’s reserve fund.

There have been considerable concerns about joining this proposed State plan because of the cost the City will have to buy the employment credits. Furthermore, many think the defined benefit plan may not be sustainable in long run given the State’s declining economic health. Many municipalities having a State run plan had to raise taxes and some have even gone bankrupt. One can hardly find defined benefit plans in private sectors now a days.

Please let me know what you think about joining the plan.

NCP Crime Stats: July 7 -13, 2013

Please see below last week’s crime stats and let em know if you have any questions. Thank you.

[mappress mapid=”124″] Stolen Vehicle

Event

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To

Location

[7/10/13]18:1719:31HOME DEPOT – COLLEGE PARK,
[7/11/13]16:4718:264700 Blk EDGEWOOD RD,

Theft from Auto

Event

From

To

Location

[7/10/13]11:5614:03HAMPTON INN COLLEGE PARK,
[7/12/13]07:0607:349000 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,

Theft

Event

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To

Location

[7/10/13]11:5614:03HAMPTON INN COLLEGE PARK,
[7/12/13]07:0607:349000 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,

 

Fact Sheet for 9909 Baltimore Avenue – aka ‘Spooky House’

9909 Baltimore Ave

9909 Baltimore Ave

Please see below a fact sheet our staff prepared for the 9909 Baltimore avenue property. The document was circulated at last Thursday’s meeting at Davis Hall. Please let me know if you have any questions. My thanks to everyone who came to the meeting and gave their feedback.

Property Information
• 1.19 acres at the northeast corner of Route 1 and Edgewood Road with a vacant 2.5-story dwelling unit built in 1923.
• Current assessed value is $635,900 ($392,800 land, $243,100 improvements).
• Zoned M-U-I (Mixed-Use-Infill) in the Development District Overlay Zone (DDOZ) of the Central US 1 Corridor Sector Plan (2010).
• District Council approval of the Sector Plan placed special restrictions on this site as follows: prohibited drive through uses; called for development to be predominantly retail or office; and restricted residential uses to12 units/acre above the ground floor. The density limitation could be requested to be modified with the submission of a new Detailed Site Plan according to M-NCPPC.
• Located in the Corridor Infill Character Area which has a maximum height limit of 4 stories and maximum lot coverage of 70%. Corridor Infill is intended to be mixed-use but predominantly residential with a range of building types.
• Site is noted in the Development District Standards as appropriate for a landmark feature.
• Zoned R-R (rural residential) and C-2 (general commercial) in the 1990 College Park Master Plan and SMA
• Rezoned to C-O (commercial office) by owner (Gilder/Murray) in ZMA A-9889 with conditions including not more than 7,500 square feet of office and 2.5 stories. Used as architect’s office with residential use on second floor.
• Placed in DDOZ in 2002 Route 1 Sector Plan.
• Preliminary Plan and Conceptual Site Plan approved with conditions in 2007 submitted by new owner (Zusin). Trip cap limit of 44 am and 44 pm vehicle trips. Edgewood Road to be widened westbound for 1 exclusive right turn lane and 2 left turn lanes. Any residential development requires approval of new preliminary plan.
• Declaration of Covenants signed with City and recorded in land records in 2007 prohibiting certain land uses.
• Detailed Site Plan 06055 approved in 2007 for 21,979 square feet of office with 58 parking spaces. Sidewalks to be constructed along street frontages (see attached). DSP will expire in December 2013 unless extended by the District Council.

Program Open Space Information
• Land acquired with a state grant from Program Open Space (POS) may not be used for any purpose other than public recreation or public open space through covenants in the deed to the property. A conversion to a different use requires prior approval of the Secretaries of the Departments of Natural Resources, Budget and Management and State Planning and replacement of the land with an equivalent area of equal recreation or open space value.
• POS requires two appraisals of the property and will not pay more than the average amount of these appraisals. If the appraisals are more than 20% a part, a third appraisal is required.
• The city has a current allocation of $575,571 for Route 1 open space acquisition that is not obligated to any specific project. Allocations are not “secured” until they are approved by the State Board of Public Works for a specific project.

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market Newsletter. See you all tomorrow

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Yum! – John and Allie’s organic tea pops

New Vendor: John & Allie’s Tea Pops
There’s nothing more perfect on a hot summer day than a popsicle, right? Find out this Saturday when North College Park’s very own Allison and John Bolten bring their organic, gourmet, frozen tea pops to the Hollywood Farmers Market. John & Allie’s Tea Pops are made of locally-grown organic fruit, tea, and filtered water, and there are a variety of flavors to choose from, including Grandma’s Southern Sweet Pops, Silk Road Chai Pops, Green Tea Honey Pops, Earl Grey Peach, Green Tea Melon Basil, Black Tea Lemonade. As they say on their Facebook page, “We let nature inspire us – new custom and seasonal flavors every week!”

Ear Gear

Featured Vendor
Ear Gear
Right around the corner from our farmers market lives jewelry artist Betty Gailes, whose specialties include handmade sterling silver or gold-filled earrings and a wide variety of pendants featuring cats, dogs, and bicycles. She also makes hand-embroidered and woven beaded bezel settings for cabochons—and if you are wondering what the heck a cabochon is, you’ll just have to visit Betty’s table and check out her beautiful, high-quality products! For a preview, see the photos at https://www.facebook.com/EarGearJewelry.

This week’s Vendors

1. Calvert Farm
2. SunSplash Farm
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor
5. Shlagal Farms
6. Ferguson Family Farms
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Heavenly Created Desserts
9. I Heart U
10. Ear Gear
11. Silent Beading
12. Fertile Soil Teas
13. Green Sprouts
14. Conscious Alchemy
15. Coffee Barn
16. Tiffany’s Oven
17. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
18. Create Peace Jeweleries
19. Eastern Delights
20. Uptown Bakers
21. Phil’s Dills
22. Chic Expressions
23. Ozlem Crafts
24. Caspari Farm
25. Angel Heart Tassels and Treasures
26. John & Allie’s Tea Pops
27. Henna Art
28. Green Sprouts
29. Groundswell

Visit to Morning Glory Farm
Produce doesn’t get more local—or fresh—than it is from Robert Boone’s backyard. Earlier this week, members of the Hollywood Farmers Market Board of Directors visited Robert’s small, yet beautiful, Morning Glory Farm, situated right here in North College Park. Since he started being a farmer in earnest—just a few years ago—he’s had many successful crops, including flowers, peas, corn, squash, tomatoes, and grapes, to name a few. His three bee hives have produced dozens of bottles of pure honey—and all of them “flew off the shelf” within an hour of the Hollywood Farmers Market opening day! Be sure to visit Robert’s table this Saturday for the most local, fresh produce in the market. See farm photos at our Facebook page http://FaceBook.com/HollywoodMarket

North College Park’s Robert Boone at his Morning Glory Farm

Recipe of the Week: Spicy Vegetable Couscous
Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup diced yellow summer squash (or more)
½ cup diced zucchini (or more)
½ cup diced red onion
1 clove garlic (or more), minced
1 cup cooked chick peas (also known as garbanzo beans)
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to your taste
3 cups cooked couscous
¼ cup chopped parsley

1. Cook couscous per package directions.
2. Heat the oil in a large skillet and sauté the squash, zucchini, onion, and garlic for five minutes.
3. Stir in chick peas and spices.
4. Gently stir in cooked couscous.
5. Cook until hot.
6. Garnish with parsley.


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 8am to 12 noon. Email: Hollwoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket
Copyright © 2013 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

Tonight’s Special Meeting at NCPCA: ‘Spooky House’, ‘Beautify Hollywood’ and Rt1 Bypass on UMd’s Golf Course

NCPCA - It's Your Neighborhood Association

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

The North College Park Citizen’s Association normally goes to recess during this time of the year, but will have a special meeting tonight at Davis Hall.

The meeting will start at 7:30pm with the 9909 Baltimore Avenue discussion. There is a proposal to purchase of the property using funds of Program Open Space. Council member Wojahn and I have requested this discussion, and would like NCPCA to take a position. See more about the development in my earlier post.

Members will also discuss the project “Beautify Hollywood”. U.M. Pr. The Univ. of MD. Dept of Fraternity and Sorority Life is interested in developing projects in College Park to engage in a neighborhood clean-up, plant trees, do landscaping, fix up parks, etc. This will be a brainstorming discussion.

NCPCA will also discuss a new development involving Route 1 bypass on the UMd’s golf course. I have this note from the NCPCA mail listserv: “A ‘notable alumnus’ is proposing to construct a new highway from I-95 to the Univ. of Md. to support a major development on 60+ acres of the U.M. Golf Course.  Apparently, the proposal has been discussed at high levels, but no decision has been made at the University level.  It has been the position of NCPCA to oppose construction of a new bypass highway, and to support funding for reconstruction of US 1 instead.  Representatives of 17 civic associations met 2 days ago to discussed this issue, and the overwhelming sense is that this concept should be vigorously opposed.”

Also, at 6:30 pm, the officers will discuss their priorities and ideas for topics, speakers and events. Everyone is invited! If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors for the next year, please plan to attend this meeting.

See you all tonight.

NCP Crime Stats – July 2 – 8, 2013

Please see below last week’s crime report and let me know if you have any questions.

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Stolen Vehicle

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#L13188STLVEH18:1719:31HOME DEPOT – COLLEGE PARK, PP

 

Theft

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[7/03/13]
#L13184THEFT14:0715:375100 Blk BRANCHVILLE RD, PP
[7/04/13]
#L13185DISORD14:1615:289300 Blk BALTIMORE AVE, PP
[7/05/13]
#L13186THEFTA12:3913:489300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
[7/08/13]
#L13189BREAKR21:2522:239500 Blk BALTIMORE AVE #128, PP

 

Robbery

Event
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[7/06/13]
#L13187ROBCIT04:1715:51711 COLLEGE PARK, PP

 

Theft from Auto

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Location

#L13183THEFTA03:0204:194800 Blk FOX ST, PP
#L13183THEFTA09:1210:105000 Blk MINEOLA RD, PP
#L13183THEFTA11:0611:595000 Blk HURON ST, PP
[7/04/13]
#L13185THEFTA12:2414:025000 Blk STEWART CT,

 

Funds Announced for Route 1, Purple Line and Greenbelt Metro Development

Gov. Martin O’Malley yesterday announced $650 million in transportation projects in Prince George’s County.

The funds include $280 million for Purple Line right-of-way acquisition and design, $7 million to design a full interchange at the Capital Beltway and Greenbelt Metro station, and $20 million for pedestrian and bicycle upgrades along Route 1 in College Park.

O’Malley noted the projects have been made possible by a gas tax increase that was approved in the legislative session. It is Maryland’s first gas tax increase in two decades. The governor said the projects will be designed to ease traffic congestion and boost jobs.

Profile of Local Farming: North College Park Morning Glory Farm

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I took a trip to the small yet beautiful Morning Glory farm, situated right here in north College Park. Robert Boone has been growing this farm in his back yard for the past 2 years or so. So far, he has been working on a good collection of flowers, peas, corns, squash, tomatoes, grapes and a few other veggies. He also has 3 bee hives, which gave him dozens of bottles of pure honey – all of them “flew off the shelf” within an hour of the opening day of the Hollywood Farmers Market. Please come to the market and check out Robert’s tent next Saturday.
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Council to Discuss Ped Streetlights Maintenance on Route 1 Near Mazza Appartments

Mazza Grandmarc Apartments is located at 9530 Baltimore Avenue and opened in 2011. The Detailed Site Plan, DSP 04049, showed six (6) pedestrian streetlights to be installed in the dedicated Route 1, Baltimore Avenue, right-of-way. The streetlights were in fact
installed on the Mazza Grandmarc Apartment’s property. Had the pedestrian streetlights been installed in the right-of-way, the City would have been responsible for the electric and maintenance. Since the pedestrian streetlights are on private property, the City and the property owner have agreed that, in lieu of relocating the lights into the right-of-way, the Owner will undertake maintenance of the streetlights.

The City Attorney has prepared the attached Declaration of Covenants And Agreement Regarding Land Use between the City and the property owner stating that the owner agrees to maintain the six pedestrian lights required by DSP 04049, including repair and
replacement of said lights if necessary, for so long as the DSP, as it may be amended from time to time, is in effect for the Property.

The Council will discuss the covenant at this Tuesday’s worksession. The staff is recommending that the City Council review and approve that Declaration of Covenants.

Council to Consider Joint Pavement Work with WSSC Following Water Main Work

Since 2009 WSSC has been replacing water mains throughout the City. They have recently completed projects in the College Park Estates, Yarrow, and Lord Calvert Manor subdivisions.

After a water main project is completed, WSSC executes a second contract for the restoration (milling and paving) of the disturbed area of the street per their “prescribed limits”. Their “prescribed limits” means they will only resurface that portion of the street over which the trenching was performed. Water mains are typically located on either side of the center line of the street; therefore, the prescribed limits of restoration work are to mill and pave just one side of the street. If the water main is located in the center of the street then the entire width of the street would be resurfaced from curb to curb.

Staff is recommending that we take this opportunity to piggy-back on WSSC’s resurfacing contract for the purpose of milling and paving the other half of those streets where WSSC is only planning to pave the half they disturbed during the water main replacement project. The streets identified meet our requirements for inclusion in our Pavement Management Plan. This matter was discussed at the Budget Worksession in April. This would save City/tax payer funds, in that the contractor is already on-site doing one-half, thus saving us mobilization, administration, and material costs as well as inconvenience to the residents.

WSSC competitively bid “Solicitation No 5686 For Street Repair Services for Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, Maryland” on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 for the purpose of restoring streets that were affected by the current water and sewer main replacement projects. The contract was awarded to M.T. Laney Co, Inc, 5400 Enterprise Street, Eldersburg, MD 21784. The contract was renewed through June 30, 2014. The unit price for asphalt is reasonable at $89.06 per Ton based on 44,000 Tons estimated. Our current contract unit price is $90.00 per Ton. The unit price for milling is reasonable at $1.32 per Square Yard based on 100,000 Square Yards estimated. Our current contract unit price is $4.00 per Square yard.

In the spring of 20 11 the City piggy-backed on an earlier restoration contract with WSSC. The work took place in 2011 in the Hollywood neighborhood and it went very well and the quality of work performed was very satisfactory. M. T. Laney was WSSC’s contractor at that time. M.T. Laney’s construction crew was sensitive to our residents and cooperated with our staff in the performance of their work. All problems that did arise were addressed immediately to our satisfaction.

Based on staff’s review of the WSSC bid and our working experience with M. T. Laney Co., Inc. staff is recommending that we piggy-back on WSSC’s bid “Solicitation No 5686 For Street Repair Services For Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, Maryland”
with M. T. Laney Co., Inc. for an amount not to exceed $150,000.

Council will discuss the pavement contract at next Tuesday’s worksession.

Diverse Attractions on Display at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market Newsletter. See you all tomorrow

Senator Rosapepe at the grand opening

Special thanks go out to the many residents, community groups, and vendors who attended our June 29 grand opening—and made it a success! Senator Jim Rosapepe and Delegate Ben Barnes joined us for a visit and the official ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Highlights of the morning included a visit from Corporal Jaron Black and Corporal Miguel Core, two Prince George’s County Police officers from the Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) program. They distributed literature about safety and helped a few families develop children identification kits for their kids, with fingerprints and other information to provide to police in case their children are lost or kidnapped. The parents took the kits home for safekeeping.

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Breads from Uptown Bakery

The Branchville Volunteer Fire Department made a grand entrance when it brought one of its trucks, a treat for kids of all ages! Branchville volunteers gave out plastic firefighter hats to the kids so they could pretend they were firefighters too!
Representatives of the College Park Community Library were at the market to talk with people about the library and sign up new members. Check out the CPCL’s website at http://www.cpcommunitylibrary.org/. You may be surprised at the wide variety of activities planned to engage the community, especially the kids!
The City’s Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) had a table where volunteers gave away complimentary, reusable produce bags. Residents can use bags like these instead of plastic bags to reduce waste.
Last but not least, Melissa Sites, director of the College Park Arts Exchange (CPAE), entertained the crowds with her lovely voice and guitar.

This week’s Vendors

1. Calvert Farm
2. SunSplash Farm
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor
5. Shlagal Farms
6. Ferguson Family Farms
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Heavenly Created Desserts
9. I Heart U
10. Ear Gear
11. Silent Beading
12. Fertile Soil Teas
13. Green Sprouts
14. Conscious Alchemy
15. Coffee Barn
16. Tiffany’s Oven
17. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
18. Create Peace Jeweleries
19. Eastern Delights
20. Uptown Bakers
21. Phil’s Dills
22. Chic Expressions
23. Ozlem Crafts
24. Caspari Farm
25. Angel Heart Tassels and Treasures
26. Micromed Diamond Seal Systems
27. Henna Art
28. Alan Comer Canvas

New Vendors
You’ve asked for it, now we have it! This week, one vendor at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market will be glad to say that Uptown Bakery. They will sell a wide variety of mouth-watering breads such as sourdough, ciabatta, casareccio, baguettes, wheat, rye, honeygrain, challah, and raisin pecan. They will also offer baked goods, including Danishes, cookies, scones, muffins, croissants, tea cakes, cinnamon buns, and sticky buns. YUM!

Handmade crafts will be available from North College Park resident Rosemary Perticari’s company Angel Heart Tassels and Treasures. Angel Heart sells boutique tassels, woven wire pendants, collage and mandala art, and a variety of other handmade goods!

Featured Vendor
Shlagel Farm
Coming to the Market from Waldorf each Saturday is Shlagel Farm, a third-generation family farm that’s been in operation for 101 years (http://www.shlagelfarms.com/) specializing in seasonal vegetables and fruits. Below is a picture from last week’s Gazette of farmer Karl Shlagel and College Park resident Gigi Gruenke purchasing fruit at his stand. Find out more about Shlagel Farms at http://www.shlagelfarms.com/. During the spring, you can go to Shlagel Farms for “pick your own” strawberries.

 

Recipe of the Week: Latin-Style Salad

Shoppers at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Good—and easy-to-make—summer eatin’ doesn’t get any better than this.
For the dressing:

  • ¼ cup of each of the following: orange juice, lime juice, and red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (or more for garlic lovers)
  • 2 tsps sugar
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh oregano

For the salad:

  • 2 ears of cooked corn or about 1 cup (slice corn off the cob or use packaged style)
  • 2 avocados, pitted, peeled and diced
  • 2 very large tomatoes (baseball sized), cut into large chunks
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 bunch of arugula (or other bitter greens) (Remember: Wash and dry thoroughly.)

Place all salad ingredients in the bowl and season with salt and pepper. Just before it’s time to eat, add the desired amount of dressing and toss.

Do you have a favorite recipe that you want to share with your community?  Please send it to us and we may use it in our newsletter!

Let Us Know What’s on Your Mind
What do you like best about the Hollywood Farmers Market? What would like to change? Is anything missing that you’d like to see there? Do you have any suggestions for improvement? Please let us know by emailing hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com.


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 8am to 12 noon. Email: Hollwoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket
Copyright © 2013 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

Don Byrd is No Longer with Us

Don Byrd at the June 18 2013 Council meeting receiving awards from the College Park Rotary club

Don Byrd at the June 18 2013 Council meeting receiving awards for the Meals on Wheels program

Former Council member Donald Byrd is no longer with us. Don passed away at 5:40 yesterday evening.

In addition to his role as a City Councilmember, Don provided countless hours of service to the Boys & Girls Club, the City’s Public Works program, Meals on Wheels, the College Park United Methodist Church, and a long list of other good works. He also served the City of College Park as Director of Public Services.

The Council is expected to discuss appropriate means to recognize Don’s years of service to the City.

At this time, there is no information on funeral arrangements.

Here is a clip of Don receiving the Rotary Club award for the Meals on Wheels program at last month’s Council meeting on June 18. The award presentation part starts at 00:13

Don will be sorely missed. We saw him last time at the Farmers market just a few weeks ago when he gave us words of encouragements.

Our deepest condolences go to his family and friends at this very sad event.

Turning that “Spooky House” into a Park – What Do You All Think?

Spooky house - 9909 Baltimore Avenue

Spooky house at the corner – 9909 Baltimore Avenue

9909 – Baltimore Avenue. This is the property at the north east corner of the Edgewood Road and Route 1. Many of you call this property “the spooky house at the corner”

For a good reason…

The property has been on the market for a while and has been a big eyesore. It’s sitting at the entrance of our neighborhood and the City itself and it gives such a bad impression for everyone who visits the city and in particular our neighborhood.

The owner of the property has tried to market this to a few businesses in the past so that it can get investments and redevelop completely. Unfortunately, so far he has failed to attract any business to this property.

The other option was to renovate the existing building and lease it to other businesses. According to the owner, this is also not a possibility as it is extremely cost prohibitive. The house is completely run-down and it will cost him a fortune to do a complete make-over.

In addition to this, there has been also some opposition from the nearby residents who don’t want to see large development coming to this place.

Amid all these uncertainties, here comes a proposal. The City has some unused Program Open Space (POS) fund that we think can be used to purchase the property and turn it into some sort of public facility, such as a park. This POS fund is a State managed fund and is sitting in a reserve account which can only be used if we can show the State a viable public project (such as a park).

Due to the sequestration and government cut back, there is a possibility that the State may change their policy to give POS funds to municipalities, in which case, we may lose this fund altogether.

Just to be clear, this is only a proposal at this stage. If we see a strong support for the project from our residents, we will take the proposal to the City Council and move further.

The NCPCA (North College Park Civic Association) will be holding a special meeting next Thursday (July 11) at 7:30pm about this property. Please come to that meeting and let me know what you think.

HFM Grand Opening Update

HFM Grand Opening , June 29, 2013

The Hollywood Farmers Market had its official grand opening last Saturday with much fun fest. In case you missed the grand opening, there are a few things you may want to check to see how did the event go.

  • The Patch covered the event on Friday. See their story here.

And here is the coverage from the Gazette.

Here are a few great pictures on the market’s FaceBook Page 

Thanks everyone who came to the market on this grand opening day. We hope to see you again at this Saturday’s market.