Friday, November 16, 2012
Four College Park residents were honored with Green Awards for their contributions to the local environment.
Four College Park residents were honored Tuesday with Green Awards handed out by the city’s Committee for a Better Environment at the city council meeting. The annual awards are designed to expand local awareness of the importance of a healthy environment and encourage innovative thinking in the field. Clay Gump, Dr. Victor Yakovenko, Christine Williams and Robert Boone all received awards in four categories for their local contributions to the environment according to a press release. Gump was honored in the category of Conservation of Natural Resources for developing a more efficient solar water heater and solar electric system. The electric system saves around $87 per month while the water heater saves $25 per month. Yakovenko …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
All motions passed unanimously by council.
The College Park City Council met Tuesday with a short agenda that included rent stabilization and educational grants. Here’s a rundown of the council’s votes. The city council unanimously approved three measures as part of the council’s consent agenda, with no discussion: The council also unanimously approved the following action items: You can also watch an online recording of the city council meeting here.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Vote will be held July 10 following a public hearing July 9.
College Park City Council discussed a rent stabilization bill in Tuesday’s meeting, weighing the pros and cons of a rent ceiling for the city. The ordinance—proposed by Councilmember Stephanie Stullich (Dist. 3)-- calls for a continuance of the rent stabilization law passed in 2005 that caps rent at around $2,500 per month for a four-bedroom house. The rent cap will last until 2017 if passed. City council did not vote on the ordinance; instead, a vote will be held after a July 9 public hearing, in which residents may raise concerns in front of the council. “Tonight is just for introduction,” Mayor Andrew Fellows said. The ordinance comes after intense debate surrounding the law, in which critics at Tuesday’s meeting said is unfair for the…
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Educational grants, Action Plan also on the agenda.
College Park City Council plans to discuss the debated rent stabilization ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting, continuing the discussion on how much landlords can charge residents in rent. The motion—introduced by Councilmember Stephanie Stullich (Dist. 3) for Tuesday's meeting—includes a discussion on establishing a rent ceiling in the city, an ordinance that is set to be enforced until Sept. 1, 2017. College Park will hold an additional public hearing on the ordinance on July 9. City council will meet at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall’s council chambers. Parking passes are available for attendees on the first floor. In addition to the rent stabilization laws, the following could be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting: You can also watch an online …
Friday, June 1, 2012
The District Council will hear oral arguments July 9.
The District Council—made up of members of the Prince George’s County Council-- will hear oral arguments for the proposed Maryland Book Exchange apartments on July 9, according to Karen Campbell, a Prince George’s County Council spokeswoman. The oral arguments come after an appeal by the College Park City Council, who say the planned six-story student apartments at the site of the Maryland Book Exchange violates the city’s 2010 Approved Central US 1 Corridor Sector Plan, which lays out specific guidelines regarding development in the city. The city council appealed the decision after the Prince George’s Planning Board voted 4-1 in favor of the development earlier this year. College Park City Council Attorney Suellen Ferguson prepared an …
Saturday, March 24, 2012
This week's top headlines from Prince George's County, MD.
Police Investigating Murder of Greenbelt Man Found Inside Burning Car Prince George's County police pulled a Greenbelt man with multiple gunshot wounds from a flaming car on Wednesday morning in Fort Washington, according to police. Marcellus Jermaine Jackson, 33, was pronounced dead on the scene, said Cpl. Henry Tippett, spokesman for Prince George’s County Police Police: Woman Endangered Infant, Assaulted Parents with Knife Kyra Chimere Smith, of Bowie, reportedly tried to jump from a window while holding her child after she allegedly assaulted her parents, according to police. Upper Marlboro Crash Involves 3 School Buses A crash on Monday afternoon resulted in 34 students being transported and treated for minor injuries, according to …
Sunday, February 19, 2012
A quick rundown of this week's news.
College Park residents could have a new place to wine and dine as early as the end of the semester if all goes according to plan with the Terripin Turf licensing and renovations. The College Park City council voted Tuesday to support the Class B liquor license application of Mohammad Afshar Khalaji, who has plans to add a new fire suppression sprinkler system in what was once known as Sante Fe Cafe on Knox Rd. They also plan to apply for an entertainment license so they can feature live music. The Civil Marriage Protection Act narrowly passed the Maryland House of Delegates Friday evening. All three District 21 delegates, Benjamin Barns, Barbara Frush and Joseline Pena-Melnyk, all voted in support of the bill. Meanwhile, local residents …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The proposed opening date of the school would be fall 2013.
The College Park city council voted unanimously this week to support the application of the College Park City-University Partnership to establish the College Park Academy Charter School, which would serve as many as 600 students in seventh through twelfth grades. This college preparatory charter school would offer students the opportunity to earn up to 60 college credits and must be approved by the Prince George's County Board of Education before plans can be finalized, reported the Diamondback. "The vision has grown out of years of discussion in the College Park community about the need for high rigor middle school and high school options," said Councilmemeber Denise Mitchell (Dist. 4.) "We applaud this city-university partnership," she …
The building will undergo extensive renovations to ready it for a spring or early summer debut.
After sitting vacant for nearly two years, 4408 Knox Road, the former home of Santa Fe Cafe, could be getting a new tenant as early as the end of the semester. The College Park city council approved the business plan for the new establishment, Terripin Turf, last week, including a 50/50 alcohol-to-food ratio and a wristband and identification scanning system to keep out underage drinkers. A motion was brought in front of the mayor and council at Tuesday’s meeting to support their application for a Class B liquor license. The bar owners, Mohammad Afshar Khalaji and his daughters, Salomeh and Yasmine, have also agreed to update the building’s sprinkler system and plan on doing extensive renovations on the property. “There was a controversy …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Approval of detailed site plan includes conditions intended to promote pedestrian safety.