Renovation Project at College Park Metro Leaves 250 Parking Spaces Unavailable

Metro began a rehabilitation project at the College Park Park & Ride garage, making 250 parking spaces unavailable to the public every day.

There are a total of 1,820 parking spots at the College Park Metro Station, which includes the garage and surface lot.

Metro is saying the project is intended to bring the structure back to a state of good repair. As a result, customers may encounter limited parking availability in the facility.

Preparation for the project began in February 2018.

Temporary directional signage has been posted in and around the garage. Customers should be aware of parking area closures and temporary changes to traffic patterns. Parking regulations will be enforced.

During this time, Metro is asking customers to consider other parking options including parking facilities at Greenbelt and Prince George’s Plaza Metrorail stations.

Additional parking options are available at wmata.com/service/parking.

The rehabilitation project is expected to last approximately 16 months. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

[From WMATA.com]

City to Buy Two Route 1 Properties for City Hall Project

At tonight’s meeting, the City Council will consider approving an agreement of sale to purchase property located at 7409 and 7411 Baltimore Avenue for a total price of $1,600,000.

The overall City Hall project is estimated to cost $12.5 million. The project was estimated at $7.9 million when the City Hall decision was made at the Knox Road location in 2014 (please see slide 12 of this staff presentation). The Council also considered another option to keep the current City Hall building and add an extension to it. This project was estimated at $5.5 million.

On November 28, 2017, the City Council approved a resolution in support of exercising eminent domain option to acquire these properties.

Mrs. Margaret Jeanne Kurz Byrd, owner of the properties agreed to sell the properties to the City. The sale will allow the City to move forward with redevelopment of the current City Hall block.

The City will honor and comply with the provisions of the lease agreements with two tenants located at these addresses – the Shanghai Café and Subway. Both of these agreements will expire in September 2019.

City to Offer Incentives to Remove Chain Link Fences

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will consider approving the program guidelines and procedures for the chain link fence removal incentive program. The City recently enacted changes to the Fence Ordinance which presents an opportunity for outreach to the community.

To encourage residents to remove existing chain link fences in the front yard and along public streets, City staff has developed guidelines and procedures for an incentive grant program. The proposed program will provide a maximum grant of $2,500 per property for costs associated with the removal of existing chain link fences.

The purchase and installation of replacement fences that conform with the height and material restrictions of the Fence Ordinance will also be eligible for the grant. No new chain link fences can be funded.

$10,000 was provided in the FY 2018 Operating Budget for this purpose and is expected to be utilized. Additional funding will be requested for FY 2019 based on demand.

Cleanup, Reduce, Recycle and Reuse

Once again the City is working with Community Forklift and GreenDrop to divert items from the landfill that are still in good condition. 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 separately so they may be reused:

Community Forklift accepts donations of surplus, gently-used, and salvaged home improvement supplies, appliances, doors, landscaping tools, bricks, blocks, hardware and much more. Click here for full list of acceptable items.

GreenDrop accepts all articles of clothing, shoes, blankets and bedding, as well as collectibles, kitchenware, toys, small appliances, electronics and sporting goods. Click here for full list of acceptable items.

Tomorrow: Arts Drop-In

Arts Drop-In
Watercolor Painting
Sunday, March 11, 2018. 11 AM – 1 PM

College Park Arts Exchange is bringing their classic Arts Drop-In series to MilkBoy ArtHouse (7416 Baltimore Ave)! Every second Sunday of the month, adults and kids alike are welcome to take part in fun arts projects facilitated by arts specialist Aaron Springer.

Bring the family, take a seat, order brunch and get started on your project. You’ll leave MilkBoy ArtHouse will a full stomach – and an artistic memento from your experience.

Seating and capacity are limited. Project supplies are provided at no cost, but they encourage you to purchase brunch and support MilkBoy ArtHouse!

Spring Cleanup Saturdays

The City of College Park’s Department of Public Works facility will be open for City residents to drop-off bulky trash, block Styrofoam, electronics recycling, brush, and yard trim.

Residents can also purchase compost, wood mulch, a yard waste cart, or a backyard compost bin.

You must be a resident of the City of College Park and bring proof of City residency in order to participate, although anyone can buy compost or wood mulch during this event.

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

Hazardous materials will not be accepted (shingles, propane tanks, paint, etc.).

Residents may dispose of (for free) one of each of the following items per year: air conditioners, heat pumps, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators. Tires will incur a disposal fee of $4.00 each.

Wood mulch and Smartleaf® screened compost will also be available and you don’t need to be a resident in order to purchase. Wood mulch is $12.00 per cubic yard and Smartleaf® is $28.00 per cubic yard. (Prices include tax).

[Source: City of College Park]

Tonight’s NCPCA Meeting: Traffic in North College Park

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Here is tonight’s NCPCA meeting agenda. As always, the meeting will take place at Davis Hall at 7:30pm
7:35 Art Silver Recognition. After 19 years, Sunnyside resident Art Silver has retired from the City’s Public Works Dept. Mayor Wojahn has set up a gift donation at https://www.gofundme.com/thank-you-gift-for-art-silver and we will use this opportunity to express our thanks.

7:40 Announcements of Elected Officials. Ms. Donna Edwards, who is currently running for P.G. County Executive, has requested time to make a brief address to NCPCA members is expected tonight. If other candidates for elected office within the NCPCA area wish to speak at this or future meetings, they will be allowed in conformance with past practice.

7:55 Update & Discussion – US 1 & Edgewood Road Gridlock. Recent info and member discussion about severe morning and afternoon traffic congestion at the intersection of US 1 and Edgewood Road. Possible NCPCA resolution in ‘New Business’.

8:15 Update & Discussion – Rhode Island Avenue Traffic. Recent info about planning for new bike lanes on Rhode Island Avenue and member discussion of traffic problems on Rhode Island Avenue in the North College Park. Possible NCPCA resolution in ‘New Business’.

North College Park Crime Map: February 25 – March 3, 2018

9700 Blk Narragansett  PKYBreaking and Entering
4700 Blk Blackfoot RDTheft
9800 Blk 49TH AveTheft from auto
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RDTheft
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RDTheft from theft
Cherokee  ST / Rhode Island  AveTheft from auto
4700 Blk Cherry  Hill RDTheft

Council to Discuss City’s Two Farmers Market

At tonight’s meeting, the City Council plans to discuss the market master contract of City’s two farmers markets (Hollywood and downtown), and options for the year 2018. 2.

Last year, the Hollywood Market Boards voted on new members. The Board now consists of Eric Vesper, Aaron Springer (president), David Turley, Dr. Grazia, Jose Casillo, and Laurie Waltz.

For the downtown market, City staff conducted a survey to assess vendor satisfaction for the Downtown College Park Farmers Market. There was a very low turnout of customers to the market this year and the future of the market was brought into question. While vendors express dissatisfaction with the number of consumers coming to the market, they did agree to see if proposed changes will make a difference to attendance levels. Proposed changes include: increasing the number of food trucks, removing the producer only restriction, coordinating with local businesses to create events, and working with local businesses to provide complementary goods.

The Market Manager Ms. Julie Beavers has stated her desire to return to the role for the 2018 season (5th year). A new contract for the Market Manager would extend Ms. Beavers tenure at a rate of $150 per market day for one year and would be reflected in the FY19 budget. Ms. Beavers began working with the Market in 2013 with a contract containing extensions up to 3 years. Last year a new contract was drawn to allow Ms. Beavers to return for a 4th year. The FY 2018 budget allocated a total of $18,000 for both markets. Funding and scope for a Market Manager contract would remain the same for Fiscal Year 19.

City Plans to Partner with Non-Profit to Bring More Amenities to Seniors

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will receive a presentation from City’s Seniors; Committee, which has been charged to make the seniors feel welcome in the City by providing more services to them. Since it was formed, the committee worked on ideas of how to provide these services.

The committee also collected demographic data about where City’s seniors population in the City. The committee is proposing to have a partnership with the Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN), which is a 501c3 local volunteer group providing services such as taking seniors to doctor’s office and groceries through a service called Village Rides. The committee is recommending that the Council provides $11,500 grant to Neighbors Helping Neighbors so that the group can provide a stipend for a volunteer coordinator whose responsibilities include day-to-day operation of the volunteer network.

The grant would also cover the cost of additional insurance for additional insurance costs and modest operating cost budget for other marketing and special event coordination.

At the meeting, the Council may also discuss future aging-in-place opportunities, such as providing assistance with home improvements and making seniors’ homes more accessible.

In Pictures: 6th Annual College Park Book Festival

District 1 February 2018 Crime Map

Please see below District 1 crime map for the period of February 4 to March 3, 2018

Feb 25 – Mar 3, 2018
9700 Blk Narragansett PKY Breaking and Entering
4700 Blk Blackfoot RD Theft
9800 Blk 49TH Ave Theft from auto
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft from theft
Cherokee ST / Rhode Island Ave Theft from auto
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft

Feb 20 – Feb 24, 2018
9500 Blk 51ST Ave Theft
9000 Blk Baltimore Ave Stolen Veh

February 12 thru February 19, 2018
9000 Blk 48TH PL Theft from auto
9700 Blk 53RD Ave Theft from auto

Feb 4 – Feb 11, 2018
9700 Blk 53RD Ave Theft from auto
9000 Blk Baltimore Ave Stolen Veh
8600 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft
4800 Blk Delaware ST Theft from auto,

Registration is now OPEN for B&G Spring Soccer 2018!

Sports Registration

The College Park Boys & Girls Club Sports program has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years. Be a part of this great sports program. Grades pre-K-12 are encouraged to register by selecting the appropriate sports registration links to to the right.

Each sport has a registration fee (below).  Additionally, each family is required to pay a $10 “Family Fee” once per year to join and maintain membership in the B&G Club.

Spring Soccer (pre-K-12th grade) – Registration is open.

  • Duvall Field, College Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 7 pm (start date TBD).
  • PGSI Games are played Saturdays at Magruder Field in Hyattsville.
  • For more details, click here.
  • If your child plays on either Coaches David Turcios, Dave Olfky, or Roberto Mendez’s teams, please use the Takoma Soccer League form to register. All others, please use PGSI registration.

Spring T-ball (Co-ed, Ages 5-7) -Registration currently closed.  Check back in the Spring

  • Practice will occur:
    • Duvall Field, 9200 Rhode Island Ave, College Park

Basketball:  Registration is open.  Please register here! 

Windstorm Warning Today

Today, we’re having a dangerous and high impact windstorm will move into our area. The National Weather Service has issued a special statement, here’s a brief excerpt.

“High winds will continue to progress eastward towards the major metropolitan areas of Baltimore and Washington overnight. By daybreak, winds across the region will be from the northwest sustained at 30-40 mph, with gusts 60-70 mph. Isolated wind gusts could reach 80 mph, particularly at higher elevations west of the Interstate 95 corridor.”

“Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Pedestrians will face very hazardous conditions, and need to be aware of wind-borne projectiles. People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your homes during the windstorm, and avoid windows. If you use a portable generator, follow manufacturer’s instructions and do not use inside homes, garages, or apartments.”

Utilities are preparing for extended power outages. Should you lose power, please report it in immediately. Do not assume that someone else already has–this is essential to the damage assessment process. Here are the phone numbers, but you may want to download their apps:
• Pepco 1-877-737-2662
• Baltimore Gas and Electric (BG&E) 1-877-778-2222 or 1-800-685-0123
• Washington Gas 1-800-752-7520
• Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) 1-800-828-4002
In the case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report downed tree debris or other hazards on county roadways or in public rights-of-way, please email CountyClick311@co.pg.md.us, call 311 or visit https://princegeorges-csrprodcwi.motorolasolutions.com/Home.mvc/Index
[Source: Office of County Council, District 1]

Council Supports Bill Aimed to Close Loopholes in Gun Sales

At this week’s meeting, the City Council approved a letter in support of two Maryland bills HB 1646 and SB 1036 Criminal Procedure, Firearms Transfer, in order to close a loophole in getting guns for the folks with a criminal background.

Maryland law prohibits convicted domestic abusers from having guns, and abusers under protective orders must turn in their guns. However, the law does not now require the convicted abusers to turn in guns they already own.

This legislation would require the court to inform defendants convicted of domestic violence crimes that they are legally prohibited from possessing firearms and to order them to surrender any firearms they already own. The presence of guns in domestic violence situations may significantly increase the likelihood that the woman will be killed.