Week in Review: Maryland Book Exchange, Route 1 Eye Sores, and More
Patch has a wrap-up of news from throughout the week.
Did you have a busy week? So did College Park... Here's a wrap up of area news to get you caught up on the week's happenings.
Book Exchange Renovation Approved
The Maryland Book Exchange is one step closer to being, well, exchanged for a four- to six-story retail and student-housing complex. The Prince George's County Planning Board officially signed off on the developers' detailed site plan, following a 4-1 vote in favor of the project last month. What do you think of the project? Tell us in the comments!
City Hall Renovation
The most up-to-date plans for the College Park City Hall renovations were unveiled at this week's mayor and council work session. It's a $5 to $6 million project that would create more space for employees, allow most departments to be in one place, and increase public access, architects said.
Building Demolition Grant
Some of those U.S. Route 1 eyesores could soon be gone. College Park is the recipient of a state grant for community revitalization, which it will use toward knocking down some vacant properties along the corridor.
The Washington Post reported this week that Prince George's County has the highest concentration of charter schools among Washington suburbs. College Park could be joining the trend, with an application for our own public charter school currently in the works.
How do you teach your kids the value of respecting others? Mom Columnist Gretchen Schock shared her own experience this week in "How About a Little RESPECT!"
Where to Find a Book
After many months of hard work, Joe Smith and other volunteers from the community were proud to open the College Park Community Library on Wednesday. It's entirely donation-supplied and volunteer-powered. Check out this video, and see the transition of a basement-level room in the College Park Church of the Nazarene into a library of 3,000-plus books!
Clothing boutique Ke'Chic closed last month, The Diamondback reported. While the store owner was not available for comment, the property manager, city's economic develoment coordinator, and a city councilman have their theories. Read the full Diamondback article here.
Rhetoric increased this week about a possible casino at the National Harbor. County Executive Rushern Baker is in favor of it, touting the economic boost it would bring, while some county council members say the bill, which would allow the casino to be introduced to Prince George's County, is too vague.
After much anticipation, the Maryland State Senate passed the same-sex marriage bill, by a close 25-22 vote. Three Prince George's County senators, including the 21st District Delegation representative, voted in favor of the bill, while five others voted against it. The College Park City Council voted weeks ago to support the legislation, which elicited strong opinions from residents—both favorable and negative.
Families with young children in Prince George's County need to make more than $50,000 a year to cover just their basic living expenses, according to a new report. That figure is up more than 40 percent over the past 10 years, driven largely by the cost of housing, daycare and taxes. Some commenters don't think the numbers quite add up; they're getting by just fine on a modest income with several children. What do you think? Read more here, and join the conversation.
College Park buzzed all weekend long with exciting events. While the DC Bluegrass Festival entertained for two days at the Holiday Inn, the versatile Rise Band and Show shook things up at the College Park Moose Lodge #453. If you made it to either of these events, or other happenings in College Park, be sure to submit photos to the College Park Patch Neighborhood Gallery.
Just for Fun
We tried another round of "Guess the Restaurant," and ya'll seem to know your College Park eateries pretty well. Could you have guessed from where this grilled chicken sandwhich and dessert came, just from the picture? Congrats to Danny, who got it right.
Come back to Patch for a little more fun tomorrow. We’re trying out a new feature called “Best Of.” You’ll get to vote for your favorite breakfast place in College Park.