Council Mulls Adding Audio Visual Capacity to Davis Hall

Thinking of Council meetings at Davis Hall with live broadcast to City residents? That’s what the City Council will discuss at this week’s Council meeting.

This capacity would provide a backup location for Council meetings, as well as enable the recording and broadcasting of other meetings. The proposed layout would allow for an audience of approximately 45 people. The maximum capacity of the Davis Hall multipurpose room is 88 people (without tables).

City IT staff have received cost estimates for the basic AV equipment and installation required to record meetings, and the equipment required in order to broadcast and live-stream meetings at Davis Hall.

The equipment would be stored in a secure cabinet in Davis Hall when not in use. The cost of installing the required equipment will range from about $27,000 to $35,000. A sample listing of the equipment costs is attached.

Staff thinks adding services like streaming and titles after the initial installation would not incur any significant additional costs compared to installing all of the services at one time.

Davis Hall AV Layout

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 3 Issue 2 – Gotta love Maryland weather…

If you plan to go out and about today bring lots of water with you.  There are so many fun activities this weekend to attend but please stay safe.

Please welcome some of our vendors back this weekend: Waltz Family Farm, The Wood Doctor, Alcoba Coffee and many more.

Brothers and Sisters in Action will have a space to promote ways to save the EPA.  Stop by and learn more.

Heavenly Created Desserts and Baker Charley will return to the market on May 6th.

This week’s vendors include:
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Roy and RT’s Garden and Kitchen: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Dicot Farm: Produce
Christiane’s Designs: Knits for babies, adults and pets
Amity Kitchen: Thai Food
The Wood Doctor: Hand crafted wood step stools, bird houses, cutting boards
Peacesake Candles: Soy based candle
The Baked Apple: Apple muffins and breads
Unique Eats and Scents: Preserves, soaps and lotions
Valencia Produce: flowers, herbs and produce
Calendar of Events:
May 6th– Grand Opening
May 13th– Senior Saturday
June 10th– Senior Saturday
June 10th– The Animal Welfare Committee will offer a Rabies Clinic
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College Park 5K – Saturday, May 6, 2017

5KlogoWhen: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Where: Race Starts from College Park City Hall, 4500 Knox Road

Next Saturday, May 6, 2017, the College Park Community Foundation (CPCF) will be hosting the Fourth Annual College Park 5K. Runners and families will make their way around a five-kilometer (3.1 mile) course around downtown College Park, Calvert Hills, and Old Town, starting and ending at College Park City Hall. The race will welcome participants of all ages and abilities and feature a special start for runners with strollers, walkers, and families that choose to race together.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the outreach and grant-making activities of CPCF. Each year, through a competitive application process, CPCF awards monetary grants to non-profits and service organizations that charitably serve College Park residents in three priority areas: Education, Quality of Life, and Community-Building. Since 2013, CPCF has granted nearly than $20,000 to more than 20 nonprofit organizations.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in different categories (Male, Female, Overall, Stroller Runners, etc.)

Registration fees range from $20 (early bird) to $35 (day-of registration) and families will also be able to save by registering as family (of up to 3 people) at a reduced cost. Children 8 and under will race for free. Each registration includes a premium race shirt and Bibtag timing system.

To learn more and register, click here.

Maryland Day, 2017 – This Saturday, April 29

The University of Maryland’s one-day open house features hundreds of family-friendly and interactive events. Come explore the world of Fearless Ideas and see how the UMD do good for our community, the state and the

Council Approves Greenbelt North Core Development Detailed Site Plan

At last night’s City Council meeting, the Council approved a resolution supporting the Greenbelt FBI development plan.

This limited DSP is for roadway, trail infrastructure and a 3,645 space parking garage. The north core of Greenbelt Station is proposed for mixed-use development including the FBI Headquarters.

The development may have significant impacts on residents in north College Park. Conditions requested by the City focus on potential changes to stormwater drainage and the floodplain and reflected light and noise impacts that may impact residents in College Park. This application is on an Expedited Transit Oriented Development (ETOD) review schedule. A public hearing with the Planning Board is scheduled for April 27, 2017.

The conditions in the City’s letter include that prior to signature approval of the DSP the applicant:

1) provide a revised stormwater management (SWM) concept plan that covers proposed activity at the site,
2) coordinate with M-NCPPC, College Park, Greenbelt and WMATA to address design issues related to the Metro Parking Garage to reduce and minimize direct and reflected light and noise impacts on residential properties located in College Park
3) remove trail alignments shown through Outparcel B and State of Maryland land. Prior to the next DSP approval coordinate with staff from the County, M-NCPPC, Greenbelt and College Park to determine whether the benefits of the trails outweigh the environmental impacts
4) resolve and finalize treatment of the Narragansett and Lackawanna outfalls and the stream crossing of Greenbelt Station Parkway and submit required impact information, including a revised floodplain study and detailed design of the stream crossing
5) coordinate with WMATA, CSX, MTA-MARC to support the internal adjustments in the Greenbelt Station to facilitate pedestrian use of the underpass between College Park and the North Core property so that access will remain publicly accessible and traversable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

College Park Fire Causes $40M Loss: Here is What We Know

Yesterday’s fire in College Park on Berwyn House Road at the Fuse complex has caused quite a bit of discussion in the community. Here is what we know and a list of questions / concerns we have. I’ll update the list as I know more:

  • The fire caused nearly $40M in damage, probably the largest in PG Fire Department’s history. This incident has been the largest suppression effort and the highest fire loss estimate in the history of the Fire/EMS Department, according to the PGFD.
  • The Fuse 47 building was slated to have about to 250 apartments, retail stores and a parking garage and was scheduled for occupancy in July 2017.
  • Fire fighters were alerted at about 9:35 am, Monday, April 24.
  • The fire started on the 6th floor of the 7 story building
  • 5 Alarms were sounded with over 200 firefighters and medics working to extinguish the fire that consumed the roof of the city block long building until mid afternoon when the fire was considered contained and under control.
  • The fire forced the relocation of 68 residents of the senior city building across the street to relocate.  Residents of the Gladys Spellman House were relocated to the College Park Community Center to avoid the smoke that filled their building.
  • Fire hoses pumped 650 gallons of water per minute for more than five hours, with the weight of the water potentially causing the building — which is currently only supported by wood — to collapse floor by floor, Brady said at the briefing.The fire took so long to control because only one ladder truck was able to access the back of the building, where the fire was located
  • The cause of the fire still unknown

The fire took so long to control because only one ladder truck was able to access the back of the building, where the fire was located. We’ll look into ways we can improve the situation so that this kind of incidents do not happen again.

That said, I want to thank many brave firefighters for doing an excellent job in bringing the fire under control.

City Budget: Council Proposes More Amenities and Services for Residents

The City Council spent a good part of April 8 and April 22 Saturdays reviewing the City manager’s proposed FY2018 budget. The total proposed budget is $19.8 million, compared to last year’s amended budget of $18.0 million. You can see an overview of this year’s budget here on the City’s website.

At the two worksessions, we made a couple of changes to the proposed budget. Here are a few important items in the draft amended FY18 budget

  • $1 million for the Hollywood streetscape project (mainly to do the wellness circuit around MoM’s shopping center)
  • $75,000 for a dog park
  •  $50,000 for the City’s Homeownership Grant Program
  • $50,000 for the City-University Partnership (CPCUP)  Homeownership Grant Program
  • $20,000 to CPCUP for an additional administrative staff person (UMD will also provide $20,000; this is an annual request and as a result the City’s annual contribution to CPCUP will be $145,000),
  • $20,000 for the Homeowners Resource Fund
  • $10,000 to improve acoustics at the Youth and Family Services meeting room
  • $10,000 to add a bus shelter on Rhode Island avenue at the Indian Ln. / Fox street intersection
  • $3000 to post street signs for the farmers market.

Other key elements in the budget include backyard composting by City residents, a plan to offer yard waste bins for sale to residents, increased funding for City grants to kids attending summer camps at the University of Maryland, and additional staff to help with landscaping the City!

At tomorrow’s meeting the Council will introduce the budget ordinance at the Council meeting and schedule the Public Hearing for May 9.

Today: Beginning Gardening Information Session

What: Beginning Gardening Information Session

When: Sunday, April 23rd at 2pm

Location: Conference Room at Youth and Family Services (4912 Nantucket Rd, College Park)

Register by contacting Kate Kennedy at katehopekennedy@hotmail.com or call her at 202-400-1501

Topics: General gardening FAQs including: What and when should I plant? What do I need to do to keep my plants producing? Common mistakes.

Who should attend?: Anyone interested in gardening whether or not you are planning to have a plot at the NEW Community Garden
We will have registration forms for a plot at the Community Garden. You can also access them here: http://www.collegeparkmd.gov/government/…

Hollywood Farmers Market Opening Today

Vol. 3 Issue 1 – WE ARE BACK!!!

We hope everyone had a wonderful winter and are ready for the 5th year for the farmers market!  There are some changes that have been made to our layout but we still have our fantastic vendors this year. You have to come by to see.  Please note that our vendors who faced the shopping center are now in the shade.  So if you are looking for Dicot Farms, Waltz Farm or Valencia’s Produce do not fret.  They are still at the market, just in a different location.  🙂

This season we will continue our once a month $2.00 coupons (to be used the day of the market) for all customers! And on the second Saturday of each month we will offer a $5.00 coupon to be used on that day only at the market for all senior citizens (aged 65+) who are College Park residents.  Our first coupon day for seniors will be on May 13th.  All you need to do is present proof of residency and age to the Market Manager at the market table.

Some highlights for April 22nd:
The Lions Club will be at the market and will be collecting Clothing and Household items. This supports the Lions Community Outreach Foundation. Helping the Lions Club will help raise funds for their community projects while also supporting the National Children’s Center and keeping usable items out of the land fill! They will have tax receipts.

Did you know that April 22nd is Earth Day?
Aaron Springer, from the College Park Arts Exchange, will be at the market from 10 to noon with a Earth Day craft project for the kids.  The Sierra Club will leave brochures about the People’s Climate March at the Information Table.

The vendors :
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Roy and RT’s Garden and Kitchen: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Unique Eats and Scents: Preservatives and body wash
Valenica: Plants, berries and other fruit
Dicot Farm: Produce
Christiane’s Designs: Knits for Babies and Adults
Amity Kitchen: Thai Food
Peacesake Candles: toxin free candles
Calendar of Events:
For the month of April:
4/22- Opening Day (and a birthday for staff member of the Hollywood Farmers Market)

For the month of May:
5/6- Grand Opening (look for an upcoming newsletter with all the information)
5/13-$5.00 senior discount day

And much more to come!  Keep an eye on the newsletter with information about all upcoming events.
We’re happy to be back and can’t wait to see all the smiling faces at the market.  🙂

Police to Raise Funds for Explorer Post 1111 Program

The Prince George’s County Police Explorer Post 1111 needs your support! Post 1111 will be hosting a fundraiser at Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken, located at 7400 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, on May 3, 2017 between the hours of 4 pm and 9 pm. Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken will donate 40% of fundraiser sales to help raise money for our Explorer Post. Come out and enjoy a great meal while supporting Explorer Post at the same time, just show a picture of this flyer at the time of purchase. Thank you in advance for supporting Prince George’s County Police Explorer Post 1111!

What is the Police Explorers program? The Prince George’s County Police Explore Program is designed to introduce young men and women, ages 14 to 20, to learn more about law-enforcement or purse a career law enforcement.

Police Explore - College Park Fundraiser

Suspect in College Park Homicide in Custody – Video Released of Two Suspects

A big kudos to our police for arresting one of three suspects wanted in connection with a fatal shooting at a College Park Camden apartment building late last month. The arrested suspect is 27-year-old William George Moore, Jr., of the 2100 block of Cameron Drive in Dundalk. He’s charged with first degree murder in the fatal shooting of 36-year-old Rawle Farley on March 26th.

Please see more about the investigation here

North College Park Crime Map: April 8 – 16, 2017


10100 Blk Baltimore Ave, MD 20740Theft from auto
9100 Blk Baltimore Ave, MD 20740Theft from auto
9300 Blk Rhode Island Ave, MD 20740Assault
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD, MD 20740Theft
9600 Blk Milestone Way, MD 20740Stolen Vehicle

Volunteer with Branchville Fire Fighters

Branchville Fire Department serves north College Park and runs 100% on volunteers. Unlike other neighboring fire departments, they don’t have any career fire fighters. They need our help with recruitment. Please consider volunteering and spread the word..

Come to their firehouse and learn if you have what it takes to become a Volunteer Firefighter or EMT. Members will be on hand to answer any of you questions. More here


College Park Farmers Markets to Start This Weekend

Hollywood Farmers Market Grand Opening, 2013

Hollywood Farmers Market Grand Opening, 2013

City’s two farmers markets are set to open this weekend.

The Hollywood Farmers Market will open on this Saturday, April 23, 2017 and, the Downtown Market will open on April 22, 2017. The Hollywood Farmers Market will have its grand opening on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Both farmers markets will return to their usual locations; the Hollywood Farmers Market will again be in the Hollywood Shopping Center, near the recently announced expanded MOM’s My Organic Market store in the former REI space, and the Downtown Farmers Market will be in the City Hall parking lot.

The new season brings many returning businesses and several new ones to the markets. Bill’s Backyard BBQ, Karla’s Mixed Media Studio, TropQ Creamery, Larry’s Produce, Apple Valley Orchard, Blue Ming, the Baker’s Table, Amity Kitchen, Gentle Flours and other vendors are all returning to the markets this year. Julie Beavers will also be returning as Market Manager.

Businesses who are interested in vending at the markets this year should contact the City’s Economic Development Coordinator at rchelton@collegeparkmd.gov or 240-487-3543 for more information and an application. Applications are due by 6:00 p.m. on April 14, 2017.

The Hollywood Farmers Market occurs on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. beginning on April 22, 2017 at the Hollywood Shopping Center on Rhode Island Avenue in College Park.

The Downtown Farmers Market occurs on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. beginning on April 23, 2017 in the City Hall parking lot located at 4500 Knox Road in College Park. Both markets will run through November.

To stay up-to-date with farmers market information, please follow the City’s Facebook and Twitter pages and sign up for the City’s emails at www.collegeparkmd.gov/cpconnect.

City Residents Tell About City Services, Safety, Development and More..

The College Park 2017 Community Survey provided residents the opportunity to rate their satisfaction with the quality of life in the City, the community’s amenities and local government itself. The City of College Park contracted with National Research Center, Inc. to conduct a scientific survey of residents in the City. Of the 1,900 randomly selected households to which surveys were sent, 38 were identified by the post office as vacant. A total of 343 completed surveys were returned from the estimated 1,862 households that received a survey, for a response rate of 18%.

Survey results were weighted so that respondent gender and age, housing tenure (rent versus own) and race and ethnicity were represented in the proportions reflective of the entire area. The margin of error is plus or minus five percentage points around any given percent for all results.

Here are a few key findings of the 2017 survey results.

College Park residents enjoy a positive quality of life.

  • About 7 in 10 respondents rated the overall quality of life in the City as excellent or good, while about 3 in 10 rated it as fair or poor
  • About 8 in 10 residents were pleased with their neighborhood as a place to live and College Park as a place to live, and about 5 in 10 were pleased with College Park as a place to raise children and to visit. Slightly less than half of respondents positively rated the City as a place to retire.
  • When asked how likely they were to remain in College Park for the next five years, about 6 in 10 residents indicated that they were very or somewhat likely to remain in the City. About threequarters of residents were likely to recommend living in College Park to someone who asked.
  • More than 8 in 10 residents positively rated the openness and acceptance of the community toward people of diverse backgrounds, and about two-thirds gave excellent or good ratings to opportunities to participate in community matters. Roughly 6 in 10 respondents were pleased with the cleanliness of the city, opportunities to volunteer and the quality of the overall natural environment in College Park.

Most residents rate economic aspects of the city favorably, but opportunities for improvement exist

  • When evaluating the City as a place to work, about 6 in 10 residents thought it was an excellent or good place to work and about one-quarter rated it as poor.
  • About three-quarters of residents positively rated the overall quality of new development in the city and around 6 in 10 were pleased with its overall economic health. However, fewer than half of survey respondents gave favorable ratings to shopping opportunities, the cost of living in College Park and employment opportunities.
  • About two-thirds of residents gave favorable ratings to the quality of economic development in the City.
  • Residents were shown a list of different types of amenities and asked to indicate which types they felt were most lacking in College Park. About half felt that grocery stores were lacking in the city and about 4 in 10 thought that venues to purchase fresh produce stores were lacking. Roughly one-third thought that department stores, venues to purchase baked goods and desserts, restaurants/bars and apparel and shoes stores were lacking.

Safety may also be a potential area of focus for the City

  • About 6 in 10 residents gave the overall feeling of safety in the city an excellent or good rating, while about 4 in 10 rated it as fair or poor.
  • About three-quarters of residents felt very or somewhat safe in shopping centers and in their neighborhood, and about two-thirds felt safe in downtown College Park and at local parks and playgrounds. Only about half of respondents felt safe on paths and trails in the city
  • About two-thirds of residents felt that gangs were not a problem in their neighborhood and about 2 in 10 felt that they were only a minor problem. However, about half of residents indicated that they thought crime was at least a moderate problem in their neighborhood.
  • When asked to rate the quality of several different safety-related services in College Park, almost all residents rated ambulance/EMS and fire services as excellent or good, and about 7 in 10 gave favorable ratings to animal control, police services and fire prevention and education. Roughly half of residents positively rated crime prevention, emergency preparedness and code enforcement.

Residents are pleased with the City’s Parks and Recreation offerings

  • About three-quarters of residents gave favorable ratings to the availability of parks and playgrounds in the city, and about 6 in 10 positively rated recreational opportunities and opportunities to attend cultural activities.
  • About three-quarters of residents gave positive ratings to city parks and playgrounds and to bike and pedestrian trails. Slightly fewer (about 7 in 10) gave excellent or good ratings to recreation programs or classes and recreation centers or facilities. Almost all residents gave positive ratings to the Skate Board Park and the Old Town Community Garden and about three-quarters favorably rated city parks and playgrounds.

College Park residents appreciate and use the alternative transportation options available in the city, but would like to see improvements to traffic flow.

  • About two-thirds positively rated availability of paths and walking trails, ease of bicycle travel and ease of travel by public transportation.
  • Traffic flow on major streets received positive ratings from only about one-quarter of residents; about 4 in 10 rated this as fair and another 3 in 10 rated it as poor.
  • About half of residents rated pedestrian hazards and parking as a moderate problem, major problem or extreme problem in their neighborhood, while about 6 in 10 rated traffic as at least a moderate problem.
  • A majority of residents reported walking to shop, get a meal or run errands or for fun or exercise at least once in the last 12 months. Half indicated that they walked for their work commute. At least half said that they had ridden public transit at least once for their work commute or for shopping or running errands.
  • Residents were asked, in an average work week, how many days a week they used various modes of travel to get to and from work. Across all work commute trips, on average, 55% of trips were by car, 19% were by transit and 13% were by walking.

Residents rate aspects of City government performance highly

  • Respondents were asked to evaluate a number of aspects related to government performance in College Park; the top-rated aspects, with about two-thirds of residents giving an excellent or good rating to each, were being honest, the overall direction that College Park is taking, treating all residents fairly, being responsive to residents and businesses, effectively planning for the future and overall confidence in City of College Park government.
  • Survey respondents were asked how often they had interacted with the City in a variety of different methods in the 12 months prior to the survey. About two-thirds had visited the City website at least once and slightly less than half had called the City at least once in the last 12 months. About 3 in 10 residents or less had read the City newsletter or read emails from the City’s listserv.