Council to Discuss New Duvall Field Concession Building Use Policies

The community celebrated the grand opening of the Duvall Field concession building and the surrounding plaza last Friday.

This gives us an opportunity to discuss the current and future use of Duvall Field facilities including field use and improvements. Food service has been limited due to Health Department regulations.

There are existing Council-approved rules and regulations for use of city-owned recreation facilities, including Duvall Field. Use of the concession building has been managed through a permit process. The Council may wish for the Recreation Board to propose separate use criteria for the concession/restroom facilities for events when the fields are not in use.

The City Council will discuss the field use policies of the concession building at this week’s worksession. Representatives of the College Park Boys and Girls Club and the Recreation Board have been invited to participate in the work session discussion about the future use of these facilities. CPB&GC has been granted precedence by the Council over other field use applicants.

Chick-fil-A Plans to Open in North College Park

The Atlanta-based fast-food chain Chick-fil-A plans to open a store in north College Park.

The proposed site is at the northeast corner of the Route 1 and Greenbelt Road, adjacent to the Veterans Memorial.

The Cass family currently owns the property and is doing business as a U-Haul dealer. They are talking to the Chick-fil-A parent company about leasing the land to allow a local individual to operate a Chick-fil-A establishment on the site.

At the Veterans Memorial Committee meeting on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Mr. John Martinez, Development Manager, Design & Construction, Chick-fil-A, Inc. briefed the VMC members on Chick-fil-A’s interest in locating a facility at this location. He informed the members that the Chick-fil-A company finds the sites for their proposed stores and either buys or rents the land, designs the store and builds it while hiring a local franchisee to own the franchise and operate it.

Chick-fil-A has selected this site for a store. They contacted the VMC to inform them that if they are successful in getting permission from the City of College Park and Prince George’s County to locate a store at this address, they want to work with the VMC. They want information on the Veterans Memorial to have in the store. They will offer parking facilities for the Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies. They will work with the City for water access for the memorial.A motion was made for the VMC to support a Chick-fil-A restaurant to be built on the Cass property. The vote was unanimous to support Chick-fil-A at this location.

The Council-approved “Rules and Procedures pertaining to Boards and Commissions,” state: A City appointed Board must receive prior approval from the City Council before issuing a position or opinion in writing. If your Board is considering taking a position on a matter (for instance, writing a letter in support of, or opposition to, an issue) please submit a draft to the City Clerk’s office so that we may place it before the Council for their consideration.

At tomorrow’s Council worksession, the City Council will discuss the matter further and may consider supporting the request or a delay until Chick-fil-A has submitted a formal application to M-NCPPC and the application is before the Council for the City to take an official position.

FREE Bulk Cleanup – Today and Next Saturday

The City’s Department of Public Works will be open for City residents Saturday, October 14 (Today) and 21, from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. to drop-off bulky trash, electronics recycling, brush, and yard trim. Please bring proof of City residency to participate!

Onsite document shredding services will be available on Saturday, October 14, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The new yard waste cart and the compost bin will be available to purchase.

Wood mulch and SMARTLEAF® compost will be available for sale. Wood mulch is $12.00 per cubic yard and Smartleaf® Compost is $28.00 per cubic yard (you do not need to be a resident in order to purchase).

Electronics that may be recycled include, but are not limited to: TVs, computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, VCRs, CD, DVD & MP3 players, cell phones & PDAs, printers, scanners, fax machines, telephones, radios, stereos, electric tools, game systems, handheld games, microwaves, cords and cables.

Hazardous materials will not be accepted (shingles, propane tanks, paint, etc.). Air conditioners, heat pumps, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers may incur a disposal fee; tires will incur a disposal fee of $4.00 each.

Once again we will be working with Community Forklift and GreenDrop to divert items from the landfill that are still in good condition. All donations are tax deductable. Clean out your homes, garages, and sheds, and bring the items you no longer use or need and donate them for reuse. The following types of items will be collected:

Community Forklift – Nonprofit Reuse Center For Home Improvement Building, remodeling, and gardening materials – any surplus or salvaged (in good condition) items from your latest home or garden improvement job, including but not limited to: bricks and pavers, plumbing and light fixtures, tiles and flooring material, cabinets, doors, gardening supplies, and tools.

GreenDrop: Clothing and household items – cookware, dishes, books, linens, games, toys, clothes, shoes, and intact furniture items (no upholstered furniture or mattresses/box springs). Click here for full list of acceptable items.

Call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov for more information.

TODAY: Duvall Field Concession Plaza Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

A friendly reminder about this afternoon’s event to celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the brand new Duvall Field Plaza and Concession building

WHEN: Today, Friday, October 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Duvall Field, 9100 Rhode Island Avenue

Come join your neighbors and enjoy the cool Autumn night air with the whole community. There will be treats, a bounce house, and more fun.

See you all at the event!

College Park Reduces Tax Rate for Home Owners

At last Tuesday night’s meeting, the College Park City Council decided to lower the homestead tax credit rate to 0%.

With this change, College Park will not charge extra tax from its property owners when their property values will go up next year.

I was very happy to support giving more tax breaks to our homeowners at last night’s meeting.

You can find more information about the homestead tax credit program here.

Here is the list of current homestead property tax credit rate of College Park and 18 other cities in Prince George’s County. Most cities will still charge an additional tax on as much as 10% increase of the property value next year. With Tuesday might’s change, College Park will charge none.

College Park Recognizes Indigenous People’s Day

At last night’s meeting, the City proclaimed October 9th as the Indigenous People’s Day.

With this proclamation, College Park has joined a number of other cities recognizing the importance and contribution of “the first occupants of the land later known as the Americas”.

City’s proclamation includes:

  • In the 1600s, European explorers coming to the “new world” encountered a great diversity of people living in the area that later would be named Maryland
  • Most of this land was claimed by Algonquin tribes, although both Iroquois and Sioux maintained a presence; and
  • Of the Algonquin subtribes living in Maryland, the four most prominent were the Choptank, the Delaware, the Matapeake, and the Nanticoke
  • The Iroquois presence in Maryland was comprised mainly of three tribes: the Massawomeck in western Maryland; the Susquehannock in the northern counties; and the Tuscarora, who emigrated from the Carolinas through Maryland in the 1700s
  • During the mid-1700s, three Sioux tribes emigrated through Maryland, however a small number of bands remained – the Saponi and the Tutelo
  • On January 9, 2012, the Governor of Maryland officially recognized two tribes of Piscataway heritage: the Piscataway-Conoy Tribe, and the Piscataway Indian Nation. They are the first tribes recognized by Maryland
  • Over the years the importance of our indigenous people has been diluted, lost or overlooked.

City to Support College Park Metro Apartment Plan

At tonight’s meeting, the Council will consider supporting Preliminary Plan for College Park Metro Apartments and associated variation requests.

At the Worksession on October 3rd, City Council discussed the Preliminary Plan of Subdivision for the College Park Metro Station site submitted by Gilbane Development Company. Gilbane has entered into a Joint Development Agreement with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to construct mixed-use buildings adjacent to the College Park Metro Station.

The site is located at 7201 River Road between River Road and the rail lines. It is zoned MUI/TDO and is currently improved with a surface parking lot used by College Park Metro Station commuters. After subdivision, the Gilbane property will be 5.58 acres. The proposed project has 432 multifamily dwelling units and 12,000 square feet of retail and is subject to approval of a Detailed Site Plan which has not yet been accepted for review.

A Traffic Impact Study and Bicycle and Pedestrian Impact Study have been submitted and reviewed. The purpose of the lot line adjustment is to create a legal parcel for the development.

As part of the application, the applicant is requesting two variation requests: 1. A variation to allow the Public Utility Easement (PUE) to be less than the required 10 feet wide and in a location other than along the street; and 2. A variation of five feet from the 300-foot lot depth required for residential development of a lot adjacent to a transit line. Minor impacts to the floodplain and stream buffer will also occur with this project.

The M-NCPPC Technical Staff Report may be released next week. The Planning Board is scheduled to hear the case on Thursday, October 19th.

North College Park Crime Map: October 2-7, 2017

9900 Blk 52ND PLBreaking & Entering
9100 Blk Baltimore AVE Theft
4800 Blk Blackfoot RDTheft
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RDBreaking & Entering
10200 Blk BALTIMORE AVEBreaking & Entering

In Pictures – College Park Day, 2017

Caribbean Relief Drive at College Park Day

Help our neighbors in the Caribbean during College Park Day. The Caribbean Student Association, Smith Undergraduate Student Association, and Smith Black MBAA (among others) have partnered to host a Caribbean relief drive at College Park Day. Look for them at the Community Stage.

Their efforts will help low-income members of the Caribbean who have been impacted most and now face food insecurity. They are collecting non-perishable food and items for women and children such as Baby formula, Diapers, Bottles, Wipes and Tampons/pads.

Please help spread the word. Please share!

NCPCA to Host Candidate Forum Next Thursday, October 12

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

I’m excited to join my fellow City Council candidates, Beth, Chris, and Kate at next Thursday’s NCPCA Candidate Forum.

I want to thank them all for running very positive campaigns this election. It’s interesting that four of us live within half mile radius of our district and I’m very happy that I’ve frequent and positive contacts with these three very special neighbors in this campaign season. In the end, only two of us will make to the City Hall, but that should not stop us from working together for the greater good of our community.

As a community, we’ve made much progress over the years, but I’m sure we are all very excited to discuss our ideas at the forum about how to make our neighborhood even a better place to live for all of our neighbors.

If you live in the area, I hope to see you all at the forum. The meeting will start at 7:30pm at Davis Hall, 9217 51st Ave, College Park, MD 20740. The full meeting agenda can be found here: https://myncpca.org

Please spread the word! Thank you!

Council Decides to Complete Rhode Island Ave Streetscape Before Building Wellness Circuit

At last night’s Council worksession, the City Council discussed the future of the Hollywood Streetscape project.

Recently, the consultant team of Sabra, Wang and Associates, Inc. and Floura Teeter has completed the 30% Design Report and Construction Plans for this project. They made a presentation of their preliminary results at the May 2, 2017 City Council Worksession and were asked to hold an additional community meeting which took place on June 14, 2017.

On September 14, 2017, staff presented the final design report to the North College Park Community Association. During the course of outreach for the project, the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation expressed concern about the condition of the piped stream within the county stormwater easement along the Narragansett Parkway right-of-way.

After several consultations, it was determined that a feasibility study should be conducted to assess the possibility of daylighting the stream prior to the construction of a wellness circuit in this location. A preliminary cost proposal of $22,000 was obtained from an environmental consultant to perform this assessment.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding the stream daylighting, the Council decided to start working on the streetscape in north of Edgewood Road before doing the wellness circuit.

The next steps for this project include the following:

  • Select a consultant to prepare 100% design plans and construction documents.
  • Complete construction documents (plans and specifications) for bidding.
  • Advertise for construction bids and award construction contract.
  • Start construction.

The total estimated design and construction cost to complete the project is $2,923,925 based on the current 30% design report. There is approximately $1,000,000 available to proceed with the project which will need to be constructed in phases.

It is estimated that construction could start in the fall of 2018 and be completed in 6 months.

College Park Day is THIS Saturday!

Saturday, October 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Join your friends, neighbors and the whole College Park, Community at the 8th Annual College Park Day Festival on Saturday, October 7 at the College Park Aviation Museum and Airport!


  • 2 stages of live music and performances by the best bands and performers in the area including The Radiographers, The Unknowns, Gymkana, The Scotch Bonnets, Trio Caliente, Big Hoax and more!
  • A taste of College Park – Kapnos Taverna by Chef Mike Isabella, Fishnet, Heavenly Created Desserts, Bill’s Backyard BBQ, DC Empanadas, Potomac Pizza and Bagels ‘n Grinds
  • A GIGANTIC Kids Fun Zone with obstacle courses, climbing wall, bounce house, crafts, face painting and so much more!
  • Meet local public safety and flight crews including police, fire and EMS plus a helicopter display and fly out!
  • Fun and free Barre, Zoca and Zumba classes!
  • Over 100 exhibitors
  • Free Entry to the College Park Aviation Museum

Please share with friends and neighbors!

For more event information and for a schedule, visit collegeparkday.org.
For the Facebook event page, please click here.

Student Killed on Route 1 near UMD Entrance

UMD Entrance
Yesterday, at about 6:20 am, police officers were called to the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and Campus Drive for the report of a pedestrian collision. The victim was found in critical condition and transported to the hospital where she died a short time later.

Police have identified the victim in today’s The victim is 18-year-old Maria Fisher of Eagles View in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

My thoughts and prayers with the victim and her family, and everyone involved in this tragic incident.

The UMD has confirmed that Maria Fisher was a student at the University of Maryland. The university later released this statement on Fisher’s death:
“It is with deep sadness that we confirm that Maria Fisher was a student here at the University of Maryland. Our campus community is thinking of Maria’s family and friends during this sorrowful time.”

The Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal collision involving a pedestrian in College Park Sunday morning.

The preliminary investigation reveals Fisher attempted to cross the northbound lanes of Baltimore Avenue when she was struck by a SUV. The driver remained on the scene. He was not hurt. Investigators are working to determine the circumstances of this collision including whether the victim was in a crosswalk.

Anyone with information is asked to please call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at 301-731-4422. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS, text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com.

North College Park Crime Map: September 23-October 1, 2017

9100 Blk 49TH PLTheft from auto
4700 Cherry Hill RDTheft from auto
4800 Blk Cherokee StTheft from auto
9300 Blk Cherry Hill RDStolen VEH
4800 Indian LNBreaking & Entering
9500 Blk Baltimore AveTheft from auto.