Details About Child Care Proposal at Calvert Road Site

Calvert Road School Site

Calvert Road School Site

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the City will host a Public Forum on a proposal for a Child Care Program at the Calvert Road School will be held.

Here are the main highlights about the proposal:

  • The proposal the City would “lease” the Calvert Road school site, which is owned by the City to the University of Maryland.
  • The University of Maryland has contracted with Bright Horizons, to provide daycare services.
  • The Child Day Care Center would serve 120 children 6 weeks of age through 5 years.
  • The City and UMD would enter into a 40 year lease under which between 12 and 17 seats in the Child Care Center would be designated for City residents who are not associated with the University of Maryland.
  • Parents of these children would still need to pay tuition which will be set by Bright Horizons and UMD.
  • UMD would construct a new building at the site
  • The UMD would be responsible for building maintenance.
  • The City would be responsible for snow removal for the parking lot and sidewalks and lawn mowing.
  • The City would not receive rent during the lease
  • City residents would be able to use community meeting space (3,000sq ft) after five on weekdays and on weekends.
  • The City’s contribution would be use of the facility and parking lot (valued at $788,500)
  • University of Maryland’s contribution would be the capital investment to renovate the facility, plus providing office space for the Public Services staff currently located at the Calvert Road site for up to 4 years (valued at 4.5 million).

After a presentation about the project, residents will have the opportunity to ask questions or make comments about the proposal.   For additional details please follow the link at:  http://www.collegeparkmd.gov/document_center/MayorCouncil/Agendas/2017RegularMeeting/031417RMP.pdf

College Park Announces Scholarships for UMD Summer Camps

Once again, City has announced a scholarship application for up to $400 for the University of Maryland summer camps. Only City of College Park children pre-K up through high school are eligible to apply. The deadline is next Wednesday, March 15.  Please see here for details and spread the word. Thank you!


North College Park Crime Map – March 4 – 9, 2017


9300 Blk Cherry Hill RDTheft from auto
9000 Blk Baltimore AVETheft from auto
9100 Blk Baltimore AVETheft from auto
5000 Blk Apache STTheft from auto
9300 Blk Cherry Hill RDBreaking & Entering

Gateway Park Construction to Start Soon

This project has been stalled due to difficulty reaching agreement on land acquisition with one property owner and obtaining a public use easement from another property owner. We now have one property under contract to purchase and expect the signed easement shortly (all issues have been resolved) for the other property.

The design plans and specifications for this project are over four years old and require some modification to accommodate the property negotiations mentioned above including additional survey work and preparation of a minor subdivision plat. The sediment control plans for the project are still valid and not expected to change.  recommends revisiting the architecture for the pavilion structure in order to make it more attractive and more of a gateway feature for the community. The existing building on site has recently been demolished and presents an opportunity to think more broadly about the form, function and siting of the pavilion. The Council will discuss the final design at tomorrow’s worksession

The Council discussed the modified park design at Las Tuesday’s meeting.

Tonight’s NCPCA Meeting: Development Update, Budget, By-Laws, and More

NCPCA - It's Your Neighborhood Association

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Today is the second Thursday of the month and is the day when the NCPCA will be having their annual meeting. Here are a few items we’ll discuss.

  • Brief Development Updates. A brief update on what we know (and don’t know) about the Greenbelt Station development plans, as well as information about State Highway Administration Projects affecting North College Park.
  • Budget Brainstorming. Your representatives need our feedback about potential budget priorities. Bring your ideas about what you would like to see in and around our neighborhoods!
  • Proposed Amendment to By-Laws. Two proposed revisions to the by-laws will be voted on. Please see the attached letter for more information.
  • Tax Update. Larry Bleau will provide an update on tax season, time permitting.

Police Arrests Suspect for 12 Crimes in College Park and Surrounding Areas

Thanks to our Police for capturing this suspect for a number of recent crime, including 2 breakings and enterings in north College Park. Here is the report from the PG County Police Department.

A Greenbelt man is charged with 12 crimes related to several instances of burglary and resisting arrest after he hid in a movie theater ceiling to avoid arrest. The suspect is 26-year-old Sherrod Weaver of the 5800 block of Cherrywood Terrace in Greenbelt.

On March 7th, at about 2:30 pm, during an extensive surveillance operation, the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Air 1 recorded the suspect breaking into a home in Laurel. The suspect is seen driving an SUV onto the grass behind a row of townhomes and pulling up behind one of the homes. The homeowners were not inside the property at the time. The investigation reveals Weaver broke into the home and stole several items before driving away. Officers then continued their surveillance on the suspect before trying to arrest him on Cherrywood Terrace. During that arrest attempt, the suspect threw a large, stolen TV at an officer, knocking the officer to the ground. The officer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Weaver is being charged with assaulting the officer. After he assaulted the officer, Weaver ran across the street into a movie theater on Greenbelt Road.

In the theater, the suspect climbed up scaffolding behind a movie screen into the ceiling. As he moved around looking for a way to escape, multiple ceiling tiles fell into the empty theater. There were multiple officers, including the Greenbelt City Police Department, inside the theater with fire department personnel on scene.

After three hours, he finally surrendered to the officers. He was not injured. The suspect faces 12 charges including burglary, second degree assault on a law enforcement officer, theft, destruction of property, and vandalism. He is in custody of the Department of Corrections on a combined bond of $100,000. At the time of his arrest, Weaver had two open warrants for violation of probation related to previous burglary convictions.

Council to Discuss Ways to Enhance Tree Canopy in College Park

At tonight’s Council worksession, the City Council will discuss ways to enhance tree canopy in College Park.

As a result of the utility line clearance work in 2016, the Mayor and Council, Tree and Landscape Board (TLB) and Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) became concerned about the perceived loss of tree canopy throughout the City. The Mayor and Council requested further investigation into a Tree Canopy Assessment.

Staff obtained City’s tree canopy data from the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning using data from a Prince George’s County survey completed in 2014, which depicted the change in tree canopy coverage from a 2009 survey.

These surveys are performed by the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) and are performed on a 5-year cycle. Staff looked strictly at the residential neighborhood areas of the City, where the City has responsibility, and found that 42% of the pervious area had tree canopy. According to staff, the majority of the City’s potential tree canopy area located on private property and much of the tree canopy loss in the City was located on private property.

The Council approved funding in the current budget for tree planting on private property. The TLB has approved guidelines for the Tree Canopy Enhancement Program to incentivize this process. The program could further include public education and engagement, tree protection measures and permitted removal requirements, as well as replanting requirements associated with permitted tree removals for private property.

Staff is recommending to approve the Tree Canopy Enhancement Program guidelines funded in the FY 17 budget and also to approve funding request in FY 18 budget for a Citywide comprehensive Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) Assessment, and Tree Canopy Enhancement Program (TCEP) to incentivize tree planting on private property.


North College Park Crime Map – February 25 – Mar 4, 2017

9700 Blk 52ND AVETheft
5000 Blk Fox STStolen Vehicle
4800 Blk Laguna RdBreaking & Entering
4800 Blk Fox StBreaking & Entering
9000 Blk Baltimore AveTheft from auto
4700 Blk Blackfoot  RdBreaking & Entering
10100 Blk Baltimore AVETheft from auto
9000 Blk Baltimore AveTheft from auto
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RDTheft from auto


Pepco to Give Away 1,150 Free Trees to Residential Customers

Pepco is providing 1,150 free trees to its residential customers through the Energy-Saving Trees program, which helps customers conserve energy and reduce household energy bills through strategic tree planting. Starting today, customers can reserve one free tree per household by calling 1-855.670.2771 or visiting www.arborday.org/pepco. Customers should have their Pepco account number handy when ordering the free tree.

The one-gallon, four-foot potted tree will be delivered directly to customers while supplies last. Available tree species include: eastern redbud, northern red oak, crape myrtle, river birch and red maple.

Shade trees can reduce residential cooling costs by as much as 20 percent, while in the winter months trees reduce wind speeds and infiltration of cold air into homes, thereby reducing heating costs. The Arbor Day Foundation calculates that the 1,150 trees are estimated to produce nearly $250,000 in energy savings within 20 years.

Customers should call 811 to have utility-owned underground lines marked before digging. One free call to 811 connects you to Washington D.C.’s One Call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811.

The Energy-Saving Trees online tool assists Pepco customers in finding the most strategic location for planting and estimates the annual savings. Customers using the on-line tool can call the Arbor Day Foundation for technical help at 1-855-670-2771.

The online tool was created by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Davey Institute, a division of the Davey Tree Expert Co., and uses peer-reviewed scientific research from the USDA Forest Service’s i-Tree Software to calculate estimated benefits.
Find additional information about Pepco by visiting www.pepco.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pepcoconnect and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pepcoconnect. Our mobile app is available at www.pepco.com/mobileapp.

Part of Rt 1 will Become One Lane Next Week

Please find below a planned lane closure notice for US 1 (Baltimore Avenue) for next week in College Park. All work is performed weather permitting:

· US 1 (Baltimore Avenue) from Campus Drive to Lakeland Road. Roadway joint repair. Single northbound and southbound left lane closures, Weds. 3/8 and Thurs. 3/9 between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Those with questions regarding this work and its associated lane closures should contact Ms. Donna Seiler with our Office of Structures at 410.545.8374 or dseiler@sha.state.md.us .

Please spread the word!

City to Host Public Forum about Leasing the Calvert Road School Site to the University of Maryland


Proposal to Lease the Calvert Road School Site
to the University of Maryland
for a Child Day Care Program and Community Meeting Space

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
2nd Floor Council Chambers
4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740
7:30 p.m.

The College Park City Council will hold a Public Forum on March 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. to present the proposed terms for a long-term lease agreement between the City and the University of Maryland for a Child Day Care program at the Calvert Road school building. The lease will also make provision for community meeting space.

On July 5, 2016, University of Maryland representatives Carlo Colella (Vice President for Administration and Finance) and Anne Martens (Assistant Vice President for Administration and Finance) formally presented a concept plan to the College Park City Council for a City-University sponsored Child Day Care Program at the Calvert Road School site, which is owned by the City. The building has been vacant since the Friends Community School ended its lease in 2007.

At a subsequent Worksession on September 6, 2016, representatives from Bright Horizons, which is the child care provider selected by the University of Maryland, met with the Council to discuss their proposal for an employer-sponsored child care program at the Calvert Road site.

On September 20, 2016, the City Council formally authorized staff to begin negotiations with the University of Maryland on the proposal. City staff and University of Maryland representatives have been engaged in these negotiations since last fall. A Public Forum will be held on March 14 at 7:30 p.m. to present the proposed terms reached with the University of Maryland and to answer any questions from the public. In addition, representatives of the University of Maryland and Bright Horizons have been invited to attend and answer questions. The City Council will not be voting on the proposed terms at this meeting.

For more information please contact Janeen S. Miller, City Clerk, at 240-487-3501.

Group Announces 2017 5K Race

The College Park Community Foundation (CPCF) is pleased to announce that registration for the Fourth Annual College Park 5K is open! Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate!
This year, the race will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, starting and ending at College Park’s City Hall and traversing through the beautiful Old Town and Calvert Hills neighborhoods, Frat Row, and Baltimore Avenue. Proceeds of the race will benefit CPCF’s grant making programs.

Early bird prices are $20 for a single registration or $50 for a family of three, and available through March 11. Regular prices are $25 for a single registration or $65 for a family of three. Children under 8 are welcome to race for free with a parent or guardian.

If you are interested in training for the College Park 5K, the CPCF encourages you to check out over at parkrun College Park. Parkrun holds free, timed 5k runs every week on the Paint Branch Trail in College Park.
Register Now