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Group Announces Memorial Day Celebration

When: Mon, May 30, 11:00 AM
Where: Corner of US Route 1 (Baltimore Avenue) and Greenbelt Road
What: The annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the College Park Veterans Memorial at the corner of US Route 1 (Baltimore Avenue) and Greenbelt Road at 11:00 a.m. This year we will be reading the names of those from College Park who lost their live in service of defending our country.

Before the start of the program, attendees can submit the name of those who are important to them and who also lost their live in service of defending our country. These name will be read during the program.

Attendees are encouraged to bring pictures of family members who served or are serving in the armed services. Old or damaged American flags will be collected to be properly disposed of by the American Legion. Parking will be available courtesy of the AMF Bowling Alley at 9021 Baltimore Ave.

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It’s Tomorrow – Maryland Day, 2016

North College Park Crime Map , April 16 – 26, 2016

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


4/25/20165:36 PM9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY, MD 20740Stolen Vehicle
4/25/20163:52 PM4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD, MD 20740Theft
4/4/23/20167:15 PM9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY, MD 20740Theft
4/20/20167:22 PM4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD, MD 20740Theft
4/19/201612:56 PM4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD, MD 20740Theft
4/24/20163:08 PM9500 Blk BALTIMORE AVE, MD 20740Theft from Auto
4/20/20168:37 PM9000 Blk 50TH PL, MD 20740Theft from Auto

College Park’s Bikeshare to Launch Next Week



Primary Today – Please Vote!


Today is primary election day. No matter which party you belong to, please come and vote.

Polls are open now until 8 pm.

North College Park residents have three polling locations

  • Hollywood Elementary School
  • College Park United Methodist Church and
  • Church of the Nazarene

Please check your voter’s card or the Board of Elections website here if you are uncertain of your polling location

Celebrate Arbor Day, 2016


Pregnancy Aid center Aims to Expand Operation

The Pregnancy Aid Center on Eirie Street is planning to build and additional building to meet the increase in demand for their service. Representatives from the center came before Council last week to talk about their detailed site plan that they have submitted to County’s planning department. If you need 3D and 4D ultrasound or gender reveal in Newmarket, consider A Date With Baby Newmarket, which allows expecting parents to see their baby in incredible detail.

The Council will consider approving a resolution supporting the Pregnancy Aid Center Detailed Site Plan, if you will like to check from a different clinic, see the ivf Sydney website using the link. The Plan includes

  • allow a 1-story building and lower ceiling height, to allow for zero building frontage build-out along Erie Street and 48th Avenue, allow for variable building setbacks, eliminate interior parking lot landscaping, to increase the number of parking spaces, to allow a lesser parking lot setback and to not provide any streetscape amenities along any street frontage at this time.
  • the departure to reduce the driveway width to less than 22 feet.
  • the site plan subject to the following conditions:
    • Moves the Parking Lot Light Pole, identified as Pole 1, at least 15 feet to the west to lessen light spillage to the residences located along the south side of Erie Street. The intent is to reduce illumination from 2.3 foot-candles in this area to as close to 0.0 foot-candles at the property line as is reasonably possible.
    • Correct the Parking Schedule to reflect net office space rather than gross square footage.
    • Add an additional bicycle parking space for a total of 8 bicycle parking spaces to meet the Sector Plan requirements.
    • Add a note denying access from Route 1 to the property.
    • Correct the Architectural Elevation labels and indicate that fencing along Erie Street shall be metal or wood picket but not chain-link.

City to hold Public Hearing on the Proposed RISE Zone

The City will be holding a public hearing about the proposed RISE zone (Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise ) zone on Monday , April 25, at 7:30pm at the City Hall Council Chamber (second floor)

A RISE Zone is a geographic area that has nexus (a strong connection) with a qualified institution and is targeted for increased economic and community development.

Qualified institutions include institutions of higher education, regional higher education centers or non-profits affiliated with a federal agency.

The purpose of the RISE Zone program is to access institutional assets that have a strong and demonstrated history of commitment to economic development and revitalization in the communities in which they are located. Qualified institutions and local governments develop a targeted strategy to use the institutional assets and financial incentives to attract businesses and create jobs within the zone.

A RISE Zone designation will be in effect for 5 years, with a possible additional 5-year renewal. Counties and municipalities are limited to a maximum of three RISE Zones.

Businesses locating in a RISE Zone or an existing business doing a significant expansion within the Zone, may qualify for real property tax credits and income tax credits related to capital investment and job creation. A business concierge with the Maryland Department of Commerce (Commerce) will be available to assist businesses with identifying and utilizing other State programs for which they might qualify, and with permitting and licensing applications.

Maryland created the RISE Zone program to encourage investment and job creation near universities committed to economic development in their communities. Visit for guides on how to start investing. The City has been working with the University, the County, the College Park City University Partnership, and Riverdale Park on a joint RISE Zone application. The proposed RISE Zone contains approximately 470 acres, and includes property in the Innovation District and the Research Park, and property along Baltimore Avenue from MD 193 to just south of Guilford Road. The draft application specifies that anywhere in the entire RISE Zone, new commercial and industrial buildings will be eligible for the minimum real property tax credit–50 percent the first year and 10 percent the following four years–on the increased value of the property due to new investment (a new building or the expansion / major renovation of an existing building). Hotels, motels, grocery stores, and retail are NOT included in this category of commercial and industrial. Additionally, the draft application specifies that within the Innovation District and the Research Park areas of the RISE Zone, new investment for high technology businesses in the fields of engineering, data analytics, earth sciences, virtual reality, cybersecurity, quantum computing, linguistics, additive manufacturing, e-commerce, robotics, aerospace, biotechnology and similar industries will be eligible for a 50 percent real property tax credit for five years on the increased value of the property.

The City Council is considering increasing this higher tax credit for technology businesses from 50 percent to 75 percent, which would match the proposed tax credit level by Prince George’s County. After the Public Hearing, the City Council will consider a resolution that supports participating in the RISE Zone and establishes the City’s real property tax credits that will be provided to eligible properties. 007 Copies of the draft application, the draft City Resolution, and a map of the proposed Zone are available online

After the Public Hearing, the City Council will consider a resolution that supports participating in the RISE Zone and establishes the City’s real property tax credits that will be provided to eligible properties.Copies of the draft application, the draft City Resolution, and a map of the proposed Zone are available online

Copies of the draft application, the draft City Resolution, and a map of the proposed Zone are available online at:

City’s Farmers Markets Reopening this Weekend

The Hollywood Farmers Market (at the Hollywood Shopping Center, next to REI) is going to start its 2016 market season tomorrow at 9am. The grand opening will be on May 14. More to come.

The Downtown Farmers Market will also open this weekend, Sunday at 10 am.

Please stop by our markets this weekend. Also, please spread the word! Thanks.
HFM 2016

Group Plans to Form Committee About Duvall Field Improvement

The North College Park Civic Association (NCPCA) is in the middle of forming a committee regarding improvements at Duvall Field. The city will likely start construction on the new concession stand at Duvall Field this summer. In addition to this construction, there are plans to renovate the rest of the fields/spaces and install a walking track around the perimeter as well. NCPCA is putting together a committee of residents who will provide feedback regarding what the community would like to see in this space. Please let the NCPCA president Jackie Pearce Garrett know at if you’re interested. I believe the goal is to meet in the next month or two.

The NCPCA is also planning to organize a Summer Social. A to-be-planned event, tentatively scheduled for the second Thursday in August, to bring together neighbors in North College Park. This is a blank slate… bring your ideas and maybe a few hours of time to donate to making this happen. Email Jackie at if you can help.

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