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Community Foundation to Offer Grant Workshop

Grant workshop will be held at the McKeldin library tonight

Recently, the College Park Community Foundation has offered some community grants in order to promote community development in College Park.

Those who have applied for the 2013 Grant should make sure to attend their grant workshop this evening.

The workshop will guide you through the application procedure and give you an opportunity to learn about the College Park Community Foundation, its goals and vision, and meet members of the Board of Directors.

The workshop will take place at 7pm tonight at the Special Events Room at McKeldin Library on the University of Maryland campus.

Applicants who are unable to attend the grant application workshop should contact Jackie Pearce Garrett at jacq.garrett@gmail.com for more information.

Council to Discuss Purple Line’s Impact on UM and College Park


At tonight’s workseesion, the Council will discuss the transportation and environmental impacts of the Purple line, the east – west light trail system between New Carrollton and Bethesda.

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has recently published the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Purple Line, which is be available here. The MTA is asking public comments until Monday, October 21.

As proposed, the Purple Line  will be in the median of University Boulevard and will cross Adelphi Road at grade to enter the UM Campus with a station location directly across from the UMUC. It then turns left at Presidential Drive and follows a future extension of Union Drive and Campus Drive with a station near the Cole Student Activities Building. It continues along Campus Drive to Regents Drive. A new exclusive transit way will be constructed from Regents Drive, next to the Armory , behind the Visitors Center to Rossborough Lane. It would cross Route 1 and continue east of Paintbranch Parkway in mixed use lanes. It turns and enters the metro station area in front of the parking garage and runs adjacent to the tracks where the station would be.

In College Park, the following impacts should be noted:

1. Some local bus routes will have to be relocated. They include diversions of some  UM-Shuttle routes and Routes 111 and 104  are likely to be eliminated.

2. New traffic signals are proposed at Campus Drive and Regents Drive, Paint Branch Parkway and Rossborogh lane, River Road and RiverTech Court and River Road and Haig Drive.

3. 61 on street parking spaces and 897 spaces from surface parking lots would be removed from the UM campus.

4. Vibration sensitive buildings will be analyzed and mitigated under an agreement between MDOT and UM

5. The “M” traffic will be relocated and several intersections will be relocated

6. Noise from PA system at stations , wheel squeal and transformer hum will be mitigated.

7. 4.5 acres of Paint Branch 100-year flood plan will be affected by cut and fill construction.

8. The driveway at the University Baptist Church on Campus Drive will be relocated to a new signal at Presidential Drive.

The Council will consider sending a letter to the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) with these concerns.

Council to Discuss Creating Special Tax District To Improve Public Safety

Map of tax district

Map of tax district

At tomorrow’s worksession, the City Council will discuss creating  a special taxing district in order to improve public safety in the student heavy area of mid town West Lakeland area of College Park.

The University District Vision for 2020 includes expansion of the public safety area security camera system. A grant of $50,000 has been awarded to the City by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP) to expand the existing system north into Lakeland.

An area bounded by properties fronting Baltimore Avenue, Lakeland Road, Rhode Island Avenue and Berwyn House Road has been identified as the next most viable area to expand this system. For purposes of this proposed project, this area has been identified as “West Lakeland”. Funding to complete this project could
be provided by establishing a special public safety taxing district.

A grant application was submitted to the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention for $217,000 to be applied to the proposed system. The City has been advised that an award of only $50,000 will be granted. This award will only purchase 2 PTZ/CCTV and 2 LPR along Baltimore Avenue.

Staff intends to proceed to use these grant funds to install these units. Funding for the remainder of the proposed system, and for annual monitoring and maintenance would have to be provided by the City. The complete project as proposed would include 11 CCTV and 4 LPR cameras, the wireless network, hardware and software to provide signal transmission, video recording, hardware and software to provide access to external systems and enhanced operational efficiency, and installation of the whole system. It would also include testing the equipment, going live with the equipment, training staff in its use, and handing the operation of the system over to UMDPS staff.

One method of funding this project is the establishment of a public safety taxing district, as the City has legal authority to do. The proposed area for this project consists primarily of rental properties and several high-rise rental buildings. Few owner-occupied residential properties are located in the proposed area.

North College Park Crime Stats: Oct 8 – 12, 2013

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

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Assault

Event

From

To

Location

[10/09/13]09:1111:19HOME DEPOT – COLLEGE PARK,

Break & Entering

Event

From

To

Location

[10/08/13]15:2217:389300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
[10/08/13]19:2723:079300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

Theft from Auto

Event
IncName

From

To

Location

[10/11/13]13:1814:38IKEA, 10100  BALTIMORE AVE
[10/11/13]15:0215:549031 BALTIMORE AVE, PP
[10/11/13]15:5316:329039 BALTIMORE AVE, PP
[10/11/13]19:0020:1710000 BALTIMORE AVE, PP

 

Plan 2035 Seeks Public Input

Plan 2035 Public Hearing

Plan 2035 Public Hearing

The Prince George’s County Planning Board and the Prince George’s County Council will hold a Joint Public Hearing on the preliminary Plan Prince George’s 2035, which layouts County’s general plan.

The hearing will take place on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 7 PM at the Council Hearing Room, First Floor of the County Administration Building at 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Written comments for the official record, regarding the plan must be received 15 days after the hearing and should be sent to:
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive Upper Marlboro MD 20772. Comments must be received by Wednesday, November 27, 2013.

To register to speak at the hearing,please call the M-NCPPC Public Affairs Office at 301-952-4584/TTY 301-952-4366Call: 301-952-4366.

Visit the Plan Prince George’s 2035 web site at www.plannning2035.com

Tomorrow at the Market: What Does Local Food Mean to You?

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

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Fresh and local

What does “local food” mean to you?

If you purchase your vegetables directly from the farmer who grew them—like you can at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market—you are participating in the “local food movement.” You can even call yourself a “locavore”—a person interested in food that is locally grown. Unlike most produce you find at the grocery store, local produce is picked ripe and, therefore, contains a higher level of nutrients than food that comes to us by truck from hundreds or even thousands of miles away.

An online article from South Source explains how the food shipped by truck loses its nutrients: “To keep food from spoiling during these long trips, some produce is picked before it has had a chance to fully ripen – and absorb nutrients from its surroundings. This practice allows the fruits and vegetables to ripen in transit and ensures that consumers get fresh, ripe produce year round, but according to the United States Department of Agriculture, it causes the produce to lack in the nutrients that would be present if it was allowed to ripen on the vine.

Purchasing local food is also healthier for the environment. Again, from Second Source: “The average 18-wheeler gets roughly five miles to the gallon. To move produce 1,500 miles would burn around 500 gallons of diesel fuel, which is a lot of gas to burn to get a tomato that most Americans could grow in their backyards”—(or buy from their local farmers’ market).

Tuckey's Mountain Grown at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Tuckey’s Mountain Grown at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Featured Farmer: Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
Berries, fruits and vegetables—these are what Kevin Tuckey and his team bring to the market from Biglerville, Pennsylvania, a small farming community located about 15 miles northwest of historic Gettysburg. The Tuckey family has been farming their land for four generations! We are lucky to be able to share in this crop, since the Tuckey family visits many farmers’ markets in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia.

New Vendor: Martha’s Jams
Martha Allen has been making jams and jellies for friends and family since the 1980s. In 2007, a friend who loved her jams told her she should sell them at farmers’ markets and special events in the region. She started with six or seven flavors and has expanded to more than 50. These include traditional and tropical options such as strawberry, blueberry, mango, and guava along with many exciting flavor combinations like mango jalapeno.

Marthas Jellies

Martha’s Jams

She uses locally grown produce for as many of her jams as possible. There are sugar-free options available for the health conscious.

Stop by her table and ask her for recipe ideas!

Market Volunteer: Robert Boone
In addition to being a produce and honey vendor, Robert is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market and a long-time resident of North College Park. He doesn’t have to go far to his half-acre farm—called Morning Glory—just out his back door, down the steps, and through his gate.

For the last several years, Robert has been studying the “food system,” the ways in which our food is made and sold, and how it impacts our nutrition, health, and economic development. Robert is especially concerned about the widespread use of pesticides on foods and the disappearance of pollinators due to the use of pesticides.

“Once I started to understand, I saw an opportunity to take action,” he says. This action included starting a farm of his own. As Robert says, “The only way you know what you are eating is to grow it yourself or get it from a person you know who is growing it.”

Robert also is a backyard beekeeper, with three healthy bee hives. If you catch Robert at the right time of the year, you may be able to buy some of his delicious honey!

Robert Boone at his College Park farm

This week’s Vendors

1. Uptown Bakers
2. SunSplash Farm
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor
5. Shlagal Farms
6. Calvert Farm
7. Morning Glory Farm
8.  Ferguson Family Farm
9. Phil’s Dills
10. Ear Gear
11. Silent Beading
12. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
13. Caspari Farm
14. Martha’s Jams
15. Coffee Barn
16. Tiffany’s Oven
17. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
18. Create Peace Jeweleries
19. Eastern Delights
20. Heavenly Created Dessert
21. Chic Expressions
22. Ozlem Crafts
23. Henna Art

Featured Produce: Brussels Sprouts
Experts say these mini-cabbages are packed with protein, vitamins A and C, potassium and calcium. They also contain a phytochemical called indole, which along with vitamin C, may help prevent cancer. In fact, that’s why nutritionists recommend against boiling this vegetable: boiling apparently lowers the anticancer compounds considerably. Better is to steam or stir-fry them.

Recipe of the Week: Brussels Sprout and Apple Hash
Ingredients
3 tbs unsalted butter
Half a medium white onion, finely diced
Kosher salt
One crisp apple, such as a Pink Lady, peeled, cored, and finely diced
One pound Brussels sprouts, cleaned, bottoms trimmed, and sliced about 1/4 inch thick (about 4 cups sliced)
2 fresh sage leaves
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
2 tsp champagne vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
2 tsp honey

Directions
1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and cook until beginning to brown, about 4 minutes.
2. Add the apple and a pinch of salt. Raise the heat slightly and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apple starts to brown, about 2 minutes.
3. Add the Brussels sprouts, a big pinch of salt, the sage, and rosemary, and cook, stirring occasionally, until sprouts are wilted and well browned, about 10 minutes.
4. Add the vinegar and honey and toss to coast, scraping any delicious browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Taste and adjust the seasonings; it will likely need more salt, and you may also want to add more honey or vinegar to suit your taste. Serve hot.

• Turn heat up to high. Add the stem sections of the broccoli and stir-fry. Pour in the rice wine and water and toss, about 30 seconds, then cover and cook about two minutes until stems are tender.
• Add the florets and leafy sections, and toss over high heat, cooking until tender.
• Add the premixed sauce and toss lightly for 15 seconds.
• Add toasted pine nuts.
• Toss again and put into serving bowl.


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

Traffic Issues Around Hollywood Elementary School

Traffic around Hollywood Elementary School

Traffic around Hollywood Elementary School

I just drove around the Hollywood Elementary school area and noticed an awful traffic situation. I looked at the area before, but it looks like the situation has gotten worse in recent time.

Between 7:30am to 8:00am, the 49th Ave (in front of the school) becomes a parking lot. I have heard that a similar situation happens in the afternoon when the school dismisses. I can see how this can be a big problem for the resident who live around that area.

I’d like to discuss the issue with local residents and see what the City can do. One solution I can think of is to make that stretch of 49th Avenue one way during the duration of student drop off and pick up and have enforcement around that time. I’ve also requested to have the issue discussed in a future worksession. I will keep you posted once that happens. In the mean time, if you live around that area, please let me know with your thoughts.

Tomorrow’s NCPCA Meeting: Candidate Forum, Golf Course, Spooky House, and More..

NCPCA - It's Your Neighborhood Association

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Tomorrow is the second Thursday of the month and thus the day when the north College Park Civic Association will hold its monthly meeting.

The meeting will start with Candidates Forum for College Park Mayor & City Council. As you know the residents of College Park will elect their Mayor & City Councilmembers on Tuesday, November 5th. I will be there to speak.

The candidates for City Council District 1 (Sunnyside, Hollywood, Daniels Park, and adjoining areas) as well as the candidates for Mayor other City Council Districts are invited to answer this question:

“Why do you wish to serve on the City Council, and what do you hope to accomplish over the next two years?”

There will be discussion on  Plans to build sidewalks on Hollywood Road. Information regarding the construction of sidewalks on one or both sides of Hollywood Road will be presented, and a NCPCA motion to support an engineering study of costs and feasibility may follow.

Members will also discuss the development of University of Maryland Golf Course. The Washington Post published a story on Sept. 30th, and preliminary details were discussed at NCPCA in July and September. The latest info about this +60 acre project will be presented.

And finally there will be a discussion on the so-called ‘Spooky House’ 9909 Edgewood Road. Recent ideas to rezone and change the development concepts of this 1 acre property on the northeast corner of Edgewood Road and US 1 will be discussed. NCPCA has a committee to investigate this issue, and nearby residents are invited to participate in this planning effort.

As usual, the meeting will start at 7:30pm at Davis Hall. See you all there.

North College Park Crime Stats: Sept 30 – Oct 6, 2013

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

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Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[10/03/13]THEFT21:5923:139500 Blk BALTIMORE AVE

Theft from Auto

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[09/30/13]THEFTA10:0110:209200 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
[09/30/13]THEFTA17:5519:26IKEA, 10100 BALTIMORE AVE,
[10/02/13]THEFTA06:2512:519400 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
[10/02/13]THEFTA09:5209:529400 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
[10/02/13]THEFTA09:5309:539400 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
[10/06/13]THEFTA18:3719:5310100 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE,

Citizen Armed Robbery

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[10/06/13]ROBCIT01:1202:41PARK DR/KIERNAN RD

 

Council to Vote on 40% Salary Hike Proposal Tomorrow

Salary hike

Salary hike

[UPDATE: Oct 9, 2013] The resolution passed 5-2 ( Kabir and Mitchel opposed). Earlier, an amendment (by Kabir and Mitchel) to change the raise figure to 10% failed (Wojahn, Catlin, Stullich, Day, Afzali opposed).

Thanks everyone who took the time and came to the public hearing to speak. We also thank everyone who wrote to us about the resolution. We much appreciate your comments.

Before tomorrow’s Council meeting, it will hold an important public hearing and then vote on the issue of the salary increase for the Mayor and Council.

If approved, the proposed increase will raise the Council’s yearly salary from $5000 to $7000 ( a 40% hike). The Mayor’s salary will increase from $7500 to $10,500.

I have a lot of concerns about the pay hike and I wrote about them here in the past.

The pubic hearing will start at 7:15 at the Council Chamber. Please come and testify and let the Council know how you feel about. If you cannot come, please send me an email (at email:fkabir@collegeparkmd.gov ) with your name and address and I will forward that to our City Clerk for the public record.

I also want to thanks everyone who sent me their comments, either for or against the hike. I truly appreciate those comments.

Free Flu-Shot Events Start Next Weekend

The Prince George’s County Health Department will be hosting a free walk-in flu clinic on Saturday, October 12 at Northwestern High School in an effort to ensure that all residents interested in a flu shot will be able to receive one.
“As flu season approaches, we are encouraging all Prince George’s County Residents to protect their health, the health of their family, friends, and co-workers by providing access to the seasonal flu vaccine,” said Health Officer, Pamela Creekmur.
“For that reason, we are offering an opportunity for the public to come in to a clinic and receive a flu vaccine free of charge.”

The flu vaccine will be administered October 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Northwestern High School, 7000 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782.

Other opportunities for the public to receive FREE flu shots include:

Health Department Community Flu Clinic Schedule
10/12/2013
Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Northwestern
High School
7000 Adelphi Road Hyattsville,
MD 20782
10/19/2013
Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Largo
High School
505 Largo
Road Largo, MD 20772
10/26/2013
Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Friendly
High School
10000
Allentown Road, Fort Washington, MD 20774
10/28/2013
Monday
1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Springhill Lake
Recreation Center
6101
Cherrywood Lane
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Health Department Onsite Flu Clinic Schedule
10/16/13-until
supply is exhausted
Wednesdays
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
D. Leonard Dyer
Regional Health Center
Immunization Program
9314 Piscataway Road Clinton MD 20735
10/16/13-until
supply is exhausted
Wednesdays
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cheverly Health
Center

Immunization Program
3003 Hospital Drive
Cheverly MD 20785
10/16/13-until
supply is exhausted
Thursdays
9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Cheverly Health Center
Communicable Disease Control
Program
3003 Hospital Drive
Cheverly MD 20785

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on flu shots, please call 301-883-7879

Inaugural 5K Run Tomorrow – A Call to Keep Maryland Students

Keep Me Maryland

“Keep Me Maryland” is an emergency fundraising initiative to raise additional financial aid dollars to help meet the urgent needs of students hit so hard by the economic downturn that they may not be able to stay in school.

REGISTER NOW to participate in our inaugural KMM5K. tomorrow, October 6 / 9 a.m. / Comcast Center, UMD. With every step you will be supporting Keep Me Maryland, an emergency fund created to assist students at risk of leaving school due to financial hardship.

Maryland families are feeling the strain of the economy. Parents are losing jobs. Appeals for financial aid are up. And students are putting education aside to ease the burden.

Your gift to the Keep Me Maryland Fund could make all the difference for a student struggling to find a way to return this fall. In some cases, just a few hundred dollars stand between students and their ongoing education.

Tomorrow at the Market: October 5, 2013

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

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Shlagel Farms

Shlagel Farms

Featured Farmer: Shlagel Farms

Karl Shlagel travels to us from his family’s Waldorf, Maryland organic farm each week. For 101 years, the Shlagel family—across four generations—has been producing high-quality fruits and vegetables, and recently at least without pesticides. A variety of goods always graces Karl’s market table, ranging from strawberries, peaches, watermelons, and blackberries to tomatoes, spinach, beets, new potatoes, and a wide variety of greens and squash.

Market Volunteer: Kim Schumann
Here’s another North College Park resident who played a vital role in launching the Hollywood Farmers’ Market—even before it actually opened.

It was Kim who conducted the survey that residents received more than a year ago, asking questions like these: Do you shop at farmers’ markets? If so, which ones? Would you like to have one in North College Park? What location would be best for you? Which times and days of the week would be best? Residents’ answers to questions like these helped in the planning and development process.

Kim Schumann (right) at the market

Kim Schumann (right) at the market

Thanks Kim!

Calling All Compost
If you have food scraps (but no meat) or grass clippings, one of our North College Park vendors—Roy Caspari from Eastern Delights—would like you to bring it to him. Farmer Roy will be collecting compost waste at his booth this Saturday. Doing so will help Roy in his garden and will also help you if you don’t compost yourself.

This week’s Vendors

1. Uptown Bakers
2. SunSplash Farm
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor
5. Shlagal Farms
6. Chic Expressions
7. Morning Glory Farm
8.  Ferguson Family Farm
9. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
10. Ear Gear
11. Silent Beading
12. Razan Center for Massage & Health
13. Caspari Farm
14. Green sprouts
15. Coffee Barn
16. Tiffany’s Oven
17. Martha Jelies and Jam
18. Create Peace Jeweleries
19. Eastern Delights
20. Heavenly Created Dessert
21. Red Chimney Flower Farm
22. Chic Expressions
23. Ozlem Crafts
24. Henna Art

Produce of the Week: Garlic and Broccoli
Eaten together, the herb garlic and the vegetable broccoli can’t be beat when we’re talking about health benefits. To retain their flavor, “they” say to cut or crush the garlic and let it sit before cooking. This rest period retains both nutrients and flavor. The same is true when you cut the broccoli florets into quarters, and let them sit for several minutes.

Another tip about broccoli: Do not cook it too long—and that means avoid the soft and mushy. It only needs to be steamed or stir-fried for five or so minutes.

Tunes at the Market

Susan Jones, a long time professional will play a large variety of genres.  She will play violin from 9:30 to 11:30 am.

Recipe of the Week: Spicy Garlic Broccoli with Pine Nuts
Ingredients
For the sauce:
1 ½ tbs soy sauce
1 tsp sugar

For the dish:
1 ½ pounds broccoli or broccoli rabe
¼ cup pine nuts
1 ½ tsp canola oil
1 ½ tsp roasted sesame oil
1 tsp hot chile paste or ¾ tsp crushed dried chiles
2 tbs minced garlic
2 ½ tbs rice wine or sake, mixed with 2 tsp water

Directions
• Mix 1 1/2 tbs soy sauce and 1 tsp sugar until the sugar is dissolved, and set this aside.
• Trim the ends of the broccoli, separate the florets, peel the outer skin of the stems on the diagonal into one-inch lengths.
• Toast the pine nuts for about 20 minutes—until they turn golden—in a 300-degree oven, turning them occasionally.
• Heat a wok or large skillet, add the oils, and heat until hot, about 20 seconds. Add chile paste or dried chiles and garlic, and stir fry until fragrant.

Yum…Spicy Garlic Broccoli with Pine Nuts

• Turn heat up to high. Add the stem sections of the broccoli and stir-fry. Pour in the rice wine and water and toss, about 30 seconds, then cover and cook about two minutes until stems are tender.
• Add the florets and leafy sections, and toss over high heat, cooking until tender.
• Add the premixed sauce and toss lightly for 15 seconds.
• Add toasted pine nuts.
• Toss again and put into serving bowl.


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

Knox Village Development – In Pictures

Council Discusses Knox Village Project

Representatives from Toll Bros. came to the Council Worksession last night to talk about the Detailed Site Plan review for a mixed-use project, tentatively named, Knox Village, containing 445 residential units (1,575-1,582 beds), 11,909 – 12,325 square feet of retail space and a two-level parking garage. The total density of the project is 72 dwelling units per acre.

In addition, the applicant is requesting that Rossburg Road be closed and the right-of-way vacated in order to better utilize the site. This 6.2 acre property, known as the “Knox Boxes” is currently improved with 24 duplex buildings located on 48 platted lots. The applicant proposes to demolish these existing structures. One multi-family structure, located at the intersection of Knox Road and Guilford Drive, belonging to another property owner, will remain.

The property is zoned M-U-I (Mixed-Use-Infill) with a DDOZ overlay (Central US 1 Corridor) zone. The Central US 1 Corridor plan also referred to as the Sector Plan identifies the subject property as located within two character areas. The property north of Guilford Drive is designated in the Walkable Node (University), while the portion of the subject property south of Guilford Drive is located in the Corridor Infill character area.

The property is exempt from the requirement of filing a Preliminary Plan of Subdivision, however, the applicant will need to obtain approval of a minor final plat once Rossburg Road is vacated. The Planning Board hearing is scheduled for November 7, 2013. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Technical Staff Report is not yet available.

The development consists of three parcels. Parcel 1located at the intersection of Knox Road, Guilford Drive and Hartwick Road, will consist of two multifamily buildings (Buildings A and B) and a 490 space parking garage with 314 bicycle parking spaces: Building A is proposed to be 6-stories high with an internal courtyard, 233 dwelling units and 8,712 square feet of retail space.

The courtyard will contain a swimming pool and deck, open lawn area/volleyball court, outdoor TV, a fire place, a large screen for movie projections, and outdoor clubroom expansion areas with seating, dining, built-in grills and a bar area. Building B is also proposed to be 6 stories high with an internal courtyard, 121 dwelling units, including 12 townhouse-style units that will clad the parking garage, and 3,613 square feet of retail space. Note: City staff was recently informed that the retail space figure may be reduced.

A small courtyard for Building B is intended for more passive activities. It will include a water feature, an open lawn area, seating areas with dining, built-in grills and bar area, an outdoor TV, a fire pit and library extension areas with seating. Located between Building A and B is a 66 foot wide landscaped sidewalk that the applicant refers to as “mews.”

A grand staircase has been designed into the mews which will provide amphitheater seating which can be used as a gathering area for students to lounge and study. The north side of the mews terminates at Knox Road and the south side terminates in a civic green area that is part recreation area and part bioretention. Parcel 2, a triangular parcel located at the intersection of Hartwick Road and Guilford Drive consists of a 5- story multifamily building with 57 dwelling units and a 4-story townhouse building containing 8-two over two townhouse units. Parcel 3, located on the southern leg of Rossburg Road (a dead end), consists of two 4-story buildings, one containing 4-two over two townhouse units and the other containing 5 two over two townhouse units.

I will post some renderings of the project later today. Please stay tuned..