You must have seen this house.
It’s a little house at the corner of Rt.1 and the Edgewood Rd.
For north College Park residents, the corner is considereded as the gateway to the neighborhood.
The house is positioned at an odd location. In a 5-3 votes, the city decided last week to remove the house and turn this into a park. It’ll spend $25,000 plus use $25,000 in Open Space (POS) funds – a state fund managed by Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Some expressed concerns on the use of the city’s matching fund for the project. Others don’t agree.
It’s going to serve as the entryway to our community, and I believe a welcoming landmark could help ensure that our City cares about its appearance and welcomes people. Also, I feel that more green space and parks on Route One would help improve the use of Route One and help make it more pedestrian-friendly. The City has proposed using money set aside for the Hollywood Commercial District to help improve this property – although I would like to see funds put toward improving the appearance of the Hollywood Commercial District, we need to first see what the County does with that intersection before engaging in other infrastructure improvements. – says council member Patrick Wojahn.
The NCPCA passed a motion in its Regular Meeting in November 13, 2008 authorizing the city to build the “concept of construction of the Hollywood Gateway Park, under the city ownership”. It also asked to get the citizens’ feedback on the construction.