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SHA Finally Agrees to Put “Do Not Block Intersection” Signs on Route 1 in North College Park

The “Do Not Block Intersection” sign on Route 1 at Campus Drive (via Google Map)

Good news. We’ve been told this morning that two “Do Not Block the Intersection” signs will be installed at the following intersections:

1. US 1 at Edgewood Road.

2. US 1 at Cherry Hill Road.

The signs will be installed by the end of August.

Many thanks to everyone who advocated and wrote to the SHA. We couldn’t do it without you.

Hopefully, with these installations, the traffic congestion at these two intersections will improve, if not gone. Similar signs have been in place on Route 1 at the Lakeland Rd, Campus drive, and Rosborough drive.

We’ve been asking for these signs for some time, probably even before the MD bill was brought up at the MD legislature. Unfortunately, those requests had been denied, citing a rule that the SHA hadn’t been applying consistently elsewhere. Fortunately, there has been a recent reorganization in the office that was dealing with our previous requests. We resubmitted a new request very recently and the new leadership accepted that this morning. Hope this clarifies.

On a related note, the MD legislative session ended recently, and unfortunately, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee did not take the “Do Not Block the Intersection” bill for a vote. This means the bill died for the second time. Thanks to everyone who took their time to write to the Senate committee.


Council Discusses More Cuts to Gate Park Construction Cost

At last night’s meeting, the City Council discussed different ways to cut cost of the Gateway project.

This happened after the City found that an additional $350,000 will need to be added to the budget in order to proceed with the project. Nine bids were received ranging in price from $868,747 – $1,359,890. These bids are still under review and the Council was hoping to award the construction a construction contract award at the May 1, 2018 Council Worksession.

A meeting was held with project consultants to discuss value engineering opportunities for the pavilion since actual costs far exceeded the cost estimate. The pavilion is constructed primarily of steel and bamboo and the recent imposition of steel tariffs has introduced a lot of volatility in market prices.

At last night’s meeting, the staff has been directed to consult with the architect to find a few options to bring down the construction cost. Staff is expected to report to the Council in a few weeks.

Art Show This Friday

College Park Arts Exchange and Explorations on Aging invite you to The Seniors in the Community ART SHOW and RECEPTION, Friday, April 20, 4pm-8pm, at the UMD Catholic Student Center (CSC), 4141 Guilford Drive, College Park.

With 27 exhibitors, this is our biggest show yet! Featured works include paintings, photographs, pottery and sculpture, textiles, needle and fabric art.

Some art work will be available for purchase. This is a community-building activity open to all ages and supported by the City of College Park and the CP Community Foundation.

For more information contact College Park Arts Exchange, 301-927-3013. WHEN YOU ARRIVE Disability access and/or exhibit drop-off are available in the lot behind the Catholic Student Center (CSC).

Free parking is available 4pm – 12pm at the University’s MOWATT LANE PARKING GARAGE across from the CSC.

Follow visitor signs to enter the garage. PARK ONLY in LOT U2 on LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 2. DO NOT PARK IN LOT 19-you will be cited. Lot U2 signs are painted on the side walls of the designated U2 sections. Do come!

College Park Set to “Boom” in Decades to Come

A good news. Recently, The Washingtonian paper listed College Park as one of the few towns in the Washington DC area that will be “booming” in the decades to come. Please read that story here

The paper says the following for its reason of this future “boom” in the city.

These neighboring suburbs are Prince George’s County’s chance to create its answer to Arlington—young, upwardly mobile, increasingly urban. Befitting its status as a member of the Big Ten, the University of Maryland is upping its college-town game, working with planners on a $2-billion reinvention of a stretch of Route 1 known for bars and auto shops. New apartments have gone up along the corridor, and MilkBoy, a hip artspace from Philly, has replaced dingy dives. In a few years, the Purple Line will intersect with the Green Line, making the area a transportation hub.

Visualize 2045 Public Forum – April 18, 2018 at College Park Airport

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board will be hosting a public forum at the College Park Airport to discuss seven regional transportation initiatives with residents to obtain feedback that can be included in their long-range transportation plan, Visualize 2045. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 18 from 7-9pm at the College Park Airport Operations Building (1909 Corporal Frank Scott Dr.). For more information, visit

Shooting at Greenbelt Metro: Suspect still at Large

According to Metro Police, a shooting happened at Greenbelt Metro station around 5 pm.

Shooting not believed to be random, per detectives.

The shooting suspect is still at large.

Suspect description: B/M, late teens/early 20s, dark-color jeans, sweatshirt with gray hood/sleeves and dark chest/back. Ran north toward Beltway.

Please Text MyMTPD (696873) or call 202-962-2121 if you have any information.

College Park 5K Run – Register Today!

(Announcement from the College Park Community Foundation)

The weather is finally warming up and Spring has finally arrived! To celebrate, receive $5 off each registration for the College Park 5k today only, using the discount code SPRING18.

Don’t miss this flat, fast, and fun race, traversing through the beautiful Old Town and Calvert Hills neighborhoods, Frat Row, and Baltimore Avenue. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate and all proceeds benefit CPCF’s grant-making programs.

In addition to prizes for the top three overall male, female, and stroller racers, we’ve added two special prize categories for 2018: Most Unique Outfit and Most Maryland Spirit Outfit! We can’t wait to see your creativity! 

Registration is $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. Register today by midnight and receive $5 off each registration, using the promotion code SPRING18 at check-out!

See you on May 5th!

Register here!

Hollywood Streetscape and Duvall Field Projects Get State Fundings

The City has recently received good news about two projects in north College Park. They are – the Hollywood Streetscape Project and the Duvall Field renovation project. The City applied for the grant applications to the Maryland Board of Public Works Capital Project grant applications for these two projects.

The Hollywood Steetscape project funds streetscape improvements in the Hollywood Commercial District, located at the intersection of Edgewood Road and Rhode Island Avenue. The project proposes to repurpose segments of the service roads as parklets and to provide pedestrian, bicycle and bus stop enhancements as well as landscaping and pedestrian lighting. The proposed wellness trail along Narragansett Run and Muskogee Street will be postponed until a study to assess the feasibility of daylighting the Narragansett Run is completed. 30% design was completed in FY18 and a $150,000 State bond bill received for further design and construction. The next step is to complete design and construction drawings and go out for construction bids for the first phase of the project north of Rhode Island Avenue.

The first phase the Duvall Field reconstruction project, now completed, involved replacement of the concession and restroom building and construction of a new recreation plaza. The next step will be preparation of a conceptual plan with community input to determine the other types of facilities and work needed. This will be followed by 100% design plans and construction. Funding is provided from a variety of sources including Program Open Space, Community Parks and Playgrounds, State bonds and developer contributions.

Tomorrow’s NCPCA Meeting: Clarice Smith Arts Center,

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Tomorrow is the second Thursday of the month and hence the day of the April monthly meeting of the North College Park Community Association. The meeting will take place, as usual, at Davis Hall, at 7:30 pm. Please see below the full agenda:

The meeting will start will a presentation from Mr. Bobby Archer about the highlights of this year’s performance schedule at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Mr. Julian Lopez, who currently running for P.G. County Council at Large, is expected to address to NCPCA.

A proposed City Charter change 18-CR-02 is scheduled for introduction by the City Council on April 10. NCPCA approved a letter regarding future charter amendments on March 8, 2018. An update of the proposed amendment and possible NCPCA resolution will be presented. To see details go here. Possible resolution and/or letter in New Business.

The members will then hear about an update about the recent concerns about fire and emergency staffing. There could be possible resolution and/or letter in New Business.

The NCPCA sub-committee will present a report regarding planning for a new Community Center in North College Park.

Members will then hear a summary of the latest construction activities to enhance recreational uses in the park will be summarized.

Finally, members will then discuss the Rhode Island Avenue Traffic, Travel Lanes & Bike Lanes. They discussed traffic and bike lane planning at recent meetings.

Fire Destroys North College Park Home, Displaces Family of Four

A family of four is displaced by a house fire yesterday morning in north College Park. The fire started at a home in the 5000 block of Muskogee Street.

Fortunately, none of the occupants (including their pet dog) were injured. City staff has contacted the family to check their wellbeings. County Emergency Management is arranging temporary housing through Red Cross. House has been secured and boarded up by insurance contractor.

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