College Park approves $1.7M coronavirus relief fund

College Park City Council unanimously approved a $1.65 million coronavirus relief package designed to aid businesses and provide direct aid to city residents affected by the pandemic’s disruptions. 

The vote took place at College Park’s May 26, 2020, City Council meeting, held virtually. The measure is expected to be funded through federal disaster aid reimbursements. 

The biggest line item in the relief package is a $1 million small business assistance grant program. Only College Park city businesses with 25 or fewer full-time may apply. The program provides up to $15,000 per business for to offset losses from business interruptions or decreased customer demand caused by the emergency measures imposed to try to stem the spread of the disease. The grants are further restricted to commercial entities with no more than 10 outlets.

$50M Laurel Hospital expansion, 230 townhomes approved by P.G. Planning Board

Prince George’s County Planning Board approved several notable development applications during its May 14, 2020, meeting. Among the approvals include detailed site plans for two townhome projects, one in Bowie, one in Brandywine, with a total of 231 units, preliminary plans for another townhome development in Clinton, and preliminary plans for a 950-bed mixed-use student-housing complex in College Park. But the biggest approval from the meeting was a detailed site plan clearing the way for the first phase of a new “health campus” at the University of Maryland Medical System Laurel Hospital.