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New Home Buyers Can Now Have Easy Access to Two Home Owner Programs in College Park

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Home ownership

At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, the City Council adopted a resolution to amend the City’s homeownership grant program so that qualified homebuyers can easily use both the City and the CPCUP programs, while still protecting the City in case of a violation of the terms. Currently, the City’s Homeownership Grant provides $5,000 to homebuyers of former rental or foreclosed properties and new single-family homes in the City, and to qualified public safety officers and City employees (for any home).

The College Park City-University Partnership (CPCUP) also created a homeownership program that provides a $15,000 forgivable loan to UMD employees and City employees who purchase a home in College Park. Each program places a lien on the property in case the homebuyer violates the terms of the loan. Coupling the City and the CPCUP programs for a qualified homebuyer has been difficult because homebuyers are not able to secure a mortgage with two additional liens (one from the City and one from CPCUP) on the home purchase

The Council also approved a resolution adopting a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City and the College Park City-University Partnership regarding the homeownership grant program.

Additionally, the Council approved a resolution to support CPCUP’s Community Legacy Application. The application seeks $250,000 in funding from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to be used to fund CPCUP’s homeownership program. CPCUP’s homeownership program provides $15,000 towards purchase of a home in College Park to qualified applicants who work at the University or for the City of College.

Police Issues ‘Pokemon Go’ Safety Tips After Three Robberies in College Park


After three “Pokemon Go” robbery incidents in College Park, Police has issued the following safety tips:
· Stay aware of your surroundings
· Play in pairs or as a group in well-lit areas to ensure your safety
· Do not drive or ride your bike, skateboard, or other device while interacting with the app – “you can’t do both safely”
· Do not trespass onto private property or go to areas you usually would not if you weren’t playing Pokémon Go
· Be cautious of being lured into a bad situation

You can find more about the robberies in College Park here on the Washington Post.

Council Approves Duvall Field Plaza and Concession Stand Project

At this Tuesday’s Council meeting, the Council approved a contract for construction of the Concession Building and Recreation Plaza at Duvall Field be awarded to Mid-Atlantic General Contractors, Inc. in the amount of $1,085,000. The City requested and received sealed bids for the Duvall Field Concession Building and Recreation Plaza.

Two bids were received as follows: 1. Mid-Atlantic General Contractors, Inc. ( $1,198,950 ) and 2. William F. Klingensmith, Inc. ( $1,363,283 ). Staff and our consulting engineer, CPJ Associates, analyzed the bids, checked credentials and references and found no reason not to recommend the award of contract to the low bidder, Mid-Atlantic General Contractors, Inc. The final contract amount will be $1,105,000 to reflect the bid alternates and deducts selected.

The work to be performed includes the following: demolition and removal of the existing building, plaza and walkways; installation of a pre-designed and packaged concession/restroom building supplied by Romtec; extension and connection of associated site utilities; installation of electrical, mechanical and plumbing service; construction of a new hardscaped recreation plaza and seat wall; general site improvements, lighting and landscaping; storm drainage, storm water management and bio-retention facilities.

The work to be performed includes the following: demolition and removal of the existing building, plaza and walkways; installation of a pre-designed and packaged concession/restroom building supplied by Romtec; extension and connection of associated site utilities; installation of electrical, mechanical and plumbing service; construction of a new hardscaped recreation plaza and seat wall; general site improvements, lighting and landscaping; storm drainage, storm water management and bio-retention facilities.

All permits have been obtained and construction could start on or around August 1, 2016. CPJ Associates will perform construction observation and administration on behalf of the City. The project is fully funded in Capital Improvement Program (CIP) using $828,750 from Program Open Space grant, and $275,000 from a Developer Contribution and $1,250 from General Funds.

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The City of College Park Goes Social!

cp-socialAt last night’s City Council meeting, at the City Council meeting, the City launched its three new social media accounts!

This means College Park has now have official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Be sure to like or follow us for the most up-to-date news, community information, events, development and more in College Park!

Facebook.com/collegeparkmd
Twitter: @collegepark_md
Instagram: @collegeparkmd

Council Mulls Changing ‘Noise Time’ During Weekends and Holidays

At tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will decide whether to adopt an Ordinance to change to the City Code which would change the hours defined as night time to between 8:00 PM and 8:00 AM on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

Currently night time is defined as the hours between 8:00 PM and 7:00 AM.

If adopted this Ordinance would shorten the hours during which certain noise generating activities may take place on Saturday, Sundays and Holidays, specifically between the hours of 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM.

The change was introduced in response to residents’ concerns about loud noise early in the morning, during weekends, when many residents are still in the bed. The time change will only apply to weekdays, thus one can still mow the grasses early in the morning during weekdays.

Other jurisdictions, like Greenbelt, defines the noise limit start time from 9 am, we’re only proposing from 8 am, during weekends.

Council to Hear Comments about Proposed Parking around Metropolitan Development

The City conducted a survey of area households in spring of 2016 to gauge interest in permit restricted parking in anticipation of the 2017 opening of The Boulevard at 9091 (formerly known as the Metropolitan development).

This development consists of 45 townhomes, 238 apartments, 4,100 square feet of retail and a parking garage, and is situated between Baltimore A venue, Cherokee Street, Catawba Street, and the University Boulevard ramp.

Of the 313 residential property addresses sent the letter and permit parking survey, 93 responses were received. Of the 313 residential property addresses sent the letter and permit parking survey, 93 responses were received, roughly 30% of the properties within the survey area. An additional 15 permit parking surveys were returned to the City as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service, stamped either vacant or unable to forward. Of the survey results received.

56.63% of the respondents favored permit parking, while 43.37% opposed it. Additionally, 36.49% of the respondents recommended two permits per property address, and 31.08% recommended five permits, with smaller percentages given to the other available options. Respondents also heavily favored two visitor passes (89.18%) per property address over one visitor pass (10.81%).

Requested days and hours of enforcement also varied, but seemed to trend toward 24/7 enforcement as the primary response. The developer, through an agreement with the City, is committed to a one-time contribution to the City in the amount of $19,000 to be used to subsidize resident fees associated with a neighborhood parking permit program in the area generally described as between Erie Street and University Boulevard and U.S. Route 1 and Rhode Island Avenue. Please see the proposed parking zone in the map below.

Based on feedback from the survey, the Mayor and Council will hold a Public Hearing to take public comment on a proposal to implement permit restricted parking in the area at tomorrow’s Council meeting.

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County Council to Hear Proposed New At-Large Council Seats

Tomorrow, Monday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the County Administration Building, Council Hearing Room, First Floor (14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772) the Prince George’s County Council will hold a public hearing on two proposed Charter Amendments, which includes adding TWO AT-Large County Council seats (CB-40-2016).

In addition, the Council will hear CB-41-2016, which will amend the County Charter by providing outside counsel in the event of a conflict between the Executive and Legislative branches of government on legal matters.

More about the proposal here on the Washington Post.

Today at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market – Senior Saturday

Vol. 2 Issue 12 – Senior Saturday!  

It’s summer here in Maryland and the 3 H’s- Hazy, Hot and Humid are out in full force.  We hope everyone is finding ways to stay cool as this heat wave continues on into the weekend.  Please remember to stay hydrated and if you feel like you need a cooling station…

Cooling Station Locations Open to the General Public:

In partnership with Prince George’s County emergency management, designated M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation facilities will offer a cooling area with seating any time temperatures reach 90 degrees or higher.  You may have people coming into these sites to get out of the heat; please offer them appropriate hospitality.

The following M-NCPPC facilities will be open from 10 am – 8 pm Monday through Friday, and during normal business hours for each site on Saturday and Sunday.  All residents are asked check in at the facility’s front desk upon arrival. The County’s 311 information system, local media, and websites are sharing the locations of our Cooling Stations and encouraging people to use them if needed.

Our nearest cooling station is located at the College Park Community Center located at 5051 Pierce Ave

Senior Saturday
Are you 65+ and a resident of College Park?  Stop by the information table to receive $5.00 in market coupons to use anywhere at the market only on Saturday, July 8, 2016.

Vendors Absent:
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden will not be at the market on Saturday
Christiane’s Designs will be away as well
Heavenly Created Desserts is also taking the weekend off

Ask the City
We do not have a City Staff member at the market this week.  Vivian Cooper will be back next week and will resume the microchip program.

This week’s vendors include:

Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Heavenly Created: Cupcakes, pies, cakes and hot dogs
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Papered Perfection: Handcrafted note cards, albums
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and desserts
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Amnity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Dicot Farm: Produce
Terp Care Center: Information regarding all things chiropractic

Vendor placement change: Calvert Farms will be moving across from their location closest to Rhode Island Avenue to the row of vendors with Heavenly Created Desserts.  They need a little more shade for their veggies.  🙂

 

MEET THE MUSICIAN: John Relph (the other member of the Double Sharp duo)

  Stop by and listen to the band Double Sharp each week at the market.  John Relph and Eric Vesper have been playing music together for more than 10 years, formalizing the arrangement 3 years ago as the duet Double Sharp.

John is a California native and has played the mandolin since his childhood.  Winner of more than 20 mandolin and guitar contests and a staple at the National Fiddle Championship in Idaho every year, John’s artistry is matched only by his technique and yields some of the finest mandolin music found anywhere.  John lives in Bethesda, but happily travels to College Park every weekend to support the market, where he particularly enjoys Alcoba Coffee.

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Our mailing address is:
hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com

Cooling Center to Open at College Park Community Center

College Park Community Center has been designated as one of County’s several “Cooling Centers.

In partnership with Prince George’s County emergency management, designated M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation facilities will offer a cooling area with seating any time temperatures reach 90 degrees or higher.

The following M-NCPPC facilities will be open from 10 am – 8 pm Monday through Friday, and during normal business hours for each site on Saturday and Sunday.  All residents are asked check in at the facility’s front desk upon arrival. The County’s 311 information system, local media, and websites are sharing the locations of our Cooling Stations and encouraging people to use them if needed.

  • Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine, MD 20613  301-888-1500
  • Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg, MD 20710 301-277-2124
  • Cedar Heights Community Center, 1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant, MD 20743 301-773-8881
  • College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, MD 20740 301-441-2647
  • Glassmanor Community Center, 1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill, MD 20745 301-567-6033
  • Glenarden Community Center, 8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden, MD 20706 301-772-3151
  • Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills, MD 20748 301-505-0897
  • John E. Howard Community Center, 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 301-735-3340
  • Kentland Community Center, 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover, MD 20785 301-386-2278
  • Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville, MD 20783301-445-4508
  • Largo/Kettering/Perrywood Community Center, 431 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774, 301-390-8390
  • Marlow Heights Community Center, 2800 St. Clair Drive, Marlow Heights, MD 20748 301-423-0505
  • North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood, MD 20722, 301-864-0756
  • Oakcrest Community Center, 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd., Capitol Heights, MD 20743 301-736-5355
  • Patuxent Community Center, 4410 Bishopmill Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 301-780-7577
  • Peppermill Community Center, 610 Hill Road, Landover, MD 20785 301-350-8410
  • Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782 301-864-1611
  • Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum, MD 20782301-853-2005
  • Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744, 301-749-4160
  • Suitland Community Center, 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville, MD 20747301-736-3518
  • Temple Hills Community Center, 5300 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748 301-894-6616
  • Vansville Community Center, 6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville, MD 20705 301-937-6621

Senior centers that will be available as Cooling Stations are:

  • Camp Springs Senior Activity Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD 20748, 301-449-0490– open until 4:30 pm weekdays, Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm, and closed Sundays
  • Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel, MD 20707 301-206-3350 – closed Sundays
  • John E. Howard Senior Activity Center, 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 301-735-2400– open until 3:30 pm weekdays and closed weekends

Police Seeks Suspects in College Park Commercial Armed Robbery Incident

Please see the Crime Solver’s Flyer below in reference to a commercial armed robbery that occurred on 06/23/16 in College Park. Investigators are still attempting to identify the suspect.
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Community Cleanup – July 23, 2016

Please join us our second community cleanup this year on July 23rd, 8:30 am, at the Hollywood Park, near the Greenbelt Metro. At the last cleanup, we covered several streets around the Hollywood commercial district. This time, we plan to cover streets at the eastern part of our district. Please see below for details and spread the word. Thank you.
July 23 2016 Cleanup

City Considering Higher Parking Fee At Downtown Garage


At tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will discuss a proposal to raise the yearly parking fee at the downtown garage on Knox Road.

Currently, the municipal parking garage monthly permit fee is $80/month. The current market rate for off campus structured parking space is $125/month, as charged by both Landmark and Terrapin Row. The City currently sells monthly permits for 125 of the 288 spaces in the garage.

There is a high demand for monthly garage parking permits, as there is insufficient parking space available to meet demand in the new apartment buildings. There are peak times when additional hourly parking space in the garage is needed. (Hourly parking is sold for $0.75 / hour ). Staff recommends raising the monthly garage permit fee to market rate of $125 per month, and reducing the number of monthly spaces available from 125 to 100.

There will be a net revenue gain of $2,500/month for monthly garage permit fees for approximately 9 months of the year, equaling $22,500 annually.

Staff is also suggesting to establish pay to park’ zone around the Terrapin Row Development, as the best practice for managing customer, visitor, and resident parking around this development. The parking fee will be the same as other City metered and ‘pay to park’ spaces, at $0.75/hour.

Staff has proposed that on-street parking in this area be changed from biannual/annual residential permit parking zones (11 and 11A) common to R-55 zones of single family housing, to monthly permit parking zones, similar to the Knox Road monthly permit program adjacent to the College Park Towers.

It is proposed that both permit zones 11 and 11A be changed from bi-annual/annual residential permits sold for $10 bi-annually/$10 annually, to monthly on-street parking permits sold for $60/month. There are approximately 110 on-street parking spaces on Hartwick Road, Guilford Drive, Cornell Avenue, and Rossburg Drive combined, which are proposed to be converted to monthly permits to be sold at $60 / month, slightly less than half of the proposed monthly garage permit fee. Estimated annual revenue for 110 spaces would increase from $1,100/year to $59,400 for 9 months of the year.

North College Park Crime Map: June 26 – July 2, 2016

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

DateTimeAddressTypeDate
6/29/20164:08:25 PM4900 Blk EDGEWOOD RDTheft6/29/2016
6/29/201611:14:11 AM5000 Blk MUSKOGEE STTheft6/29/2016
6/29/20166:59:14 AM9300 Blk BALTIMORE AVEStolen Vehicle6/29/2016

City to Ask MD Governor Not to Stop Funding for Youth Programs

The Governor’s Office for Children has recently announced that it is not funding the five Youth Services Bureaus in Prince George’s County, two Youth Services Bureaus in Baltimore County and one in Anne Arundel County.

The City’s Youth and Family Services program is one of the 20 Youth Service Bureaus in the State; one of five in Prince George’s County. Already, the action of the Governor’s Office of Children has sparked a strong and growing reaction by state legislators, the Maryland Association of Youth Service Bureaus (MAYSB), individual Bureaus across the state and the community-at-large. The Governor’s Office is now reporting that the Governor has not decided whether to release the funds.

Ten years ago when all of the Youth Service Bureaus were cut from the budget, the public outcry was successful in reversing the decision and the funds re-instated. This situation is stronger than ten years ago. Then the issue was to get Youth Service Bureaus back in the budget. This time Youth Service Bureaus are in the budget and funds specifically designated for their funding are in the budget and so the issue today is to advocate for the Governor to release the funds.

The Council is expected to go into a special session and approve a letter asking the Governor’s office continue funding for youth services bureaus.

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 2 Issue 11 –  Most of what you need for your 4th of July cookout…

…can be found at the farmers market!  Meat to grill?  Stop by Waltz Farm’s stand.  There you can get the cheeses too.  Toppings for the burgers?  Valencia Produce, Calvert Farms and Dicot Farm have the leafy greens, tomatoes and onions needed to complete any sandwich.  Unique Eats and Scents will start selling pickles this weekend.  Nothing beats a burger with a dill pickle on top.  YUM!
You can also find all of your dessert needs at the market.  Pies, cupcakes and scones from Heavenly Created Desserts or Apple breads and muffins from The Baked Apple.  A nice cup of Alcoba coffee to complete the meal and give you the energy you need to head over to the University of Maryland and hear “The Night Life Band” preform before the fireworks.

We will have free face painting for the children this week as well as Double Sharp to preform for all.

Crest Hill Bakery will not be at the market this week.  They are taking a much deserved vacation and will be back the following week.
Designed Naturally will be away for the next few weeks and will return August 6th.

Ask the City
Latisha from the Parking/Finance Department of City Hall will be at the market to answer any questions you may have about on street parking, how to obtain a parking permit, etc.  Stop by and say hello.

This week’s vendors include:
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden:
Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Heavenly Created: Cupcakes, pies, cakes and hot dogs
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Christiane’s Designs: Knits for Babies and Adults
Papered Perfection: Handcrafted note cards, albums
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and desserts
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Amnity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Dicot Farm: Produce
College Park Hypnosis Center: Consulting Hypnosis & Instruction

 

MEET THE MUSICIAN: Eric Vespers (a member of the Double Sharp duo)

  Eric Vesper is a Maryland native and ex-academic who makes his home in Adelphi, where he runs the Buddhist Center Sakya Dokho Choling, practices Biodynamic farming, keeps an apiary and hosts musicians of all styles from around the country.
Eric is particularly interested in the musical traditions of Appalachia and Ireland, jazz, especially from the 1940’s, and classical, especially Bach.  Double Sharp’s repertoire reflects this, with an eclectic mix of styles and influences, hailed as one of the truly unique duos in the Metropolitan area.
Eric believes that community awareness and participation is essential to a productive and meaningful life.  He is thrilled to be a part of this market, which he feels has become an integral part of the local communities’ person.  Eric particularly enjoys Roy and Arti’s curry, as well as Crest Hill Bakery’s breads.  Eric also plays with Birds on a Wire at the Downtown College Park market on Sundays (10 to 2).