At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, the City Council selected the current Knox Road site to build a new City Hall there.

Before the vote, a number of residents testified and asked the Council to consider delaying the vote so that it can explore all other City Hall site options. One of those sites is the Stone Industrial site, which residents think is conveniently located to all residents because of its central location in the city.

Four neighborhood associations in north College Park, west College Park, Berwyn District and Camden previously asked the Council to delay the vote also.

A motion to table the vote was defeated by 5-3. Council member Mitchel, Hew and Kabir voted in support of tabling the motion.

Later the Council voted on the main motion to select the Knox Rd site, which passed 5-3.

I want to thank everyone who came to the meeting, stayed late and spoke at the hearing or watched the meeting. I am very grateful to everyone speaking almost unanimously in favor of tabling the motion to allow more residents inputs on all possible City Hall options. I think the Council really lost an opportunity to bring the entire city population together, especially connecting with residents living in north College Park.

Though residents’s request to table lost narrowly, I think the residents’ presence and voices sent a message in making north College Park more inclusive to City’s future decisions. Residents will definitely need to stay engaged and work harder in raising their voices and advocating more amenities benefiting them.