Michael Theis is the editor and publisher of Route 1 Reporter. He grew up in Hyattsville and College Park. He has more than 10 years experience as a professional journalist, working for such news outlets as the Frederick News-Post, The Shepherdstown Chronicle, Patch.com and the Austin Business Journal.
The developers behind the Hyattsville Armory Apartments have fleshed out architectural designs for the proposed mixed-use development in the city’s downtown Baltimore Avenue corridor. Hyattsville City Council got a rundown on the new details at is Jan. 22, 2019, meeting. City officials have so far been receptive to the project, but some City Council members noted reiterated during the meeting concerns about affordability, parking and impacts on local schools. The Hyattsville Armory developers, Washington, D.C.,-based Urban Investment Partners, want to build a 285-unit mixed-use apartment building with 32,000 square feet of retail space on the western edge of the 5300 block of Baltimore Avenue between the Hyattsville Armory Crossover Church and Hamilton Street.
We take another trip on the shutdown misery express courtesy of WAMU, Washington Business Journal reports on Montgomery County’s changing economic fortunes, and a profile of a former St. Jerome educator now making waves in the national Catholic education scene. All this, and more news and views for Prince George’s County residents in our Jan. 23, 2019 edition of Required Reading! Shut Down The Shutdown: Black Federal Workers In Prince George’s County Speak Out – WAMU
“When Lomax arrived for the afternoon session, he joined the many who lined up at various tables to collect free boxed lunches and groceries.
A plan to redevelop four small office buildings on Hamilton Street in Hyattsville is gathering steam as developers have begun to file paperwork necessary to obtain approval from county officials to demolish the existing structures to build a six-story mixed-use development.
Leading the redevelopment project is D.B. Lee Development and Construction, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate development company behind such redevelopment projects as The Lofts at 2424 on 18th Street NW, The Erie in Adams Morgan, and Eden Condominiums on Champlain Street NW. It is currently developing a hotel and artist space at 411 New York Ave NE.
This past March, a subsidiary named Hyattsville Center Development LLC completed assembly of the properties at 4312, 4314, 4316 and 4318 Hamilton Street. They are located across the street from the northern facade of St. Jerome Catholic Church. This week, a natural resource inventory application was accepted for review by Prince George’s County Planning Department.
Mere months after being sold at auction, a dilapidated apartment building once owned by a recent College Park mayoral candidate has been sold at a big markup to a new owner, state property records show.
The property in question is 4619 College Ave. in College Park’s old-town neighborhood. It houses a small-ish, two-storey brick apartment building with several rental units. As recently as August 2018, the property was owned by Tom Chen, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor of College Park in 2017. Chen’s ownership of the property became a campaign issue during his 2017 mayoral candidacy after an article by The Diamondback newspaper highlighted complaints and code violations lodged against his properties in the city.
Required Reading is a simple, daily roundup of news coverage relevant to Prince George’s County and its Route 1 communities. In our Jan. 22, 2019, edition: A murder in Beltsville, an introduction to Prince George’s newest athletic superstar, and a rundown on how Maryland legislators plan to tackle gambling. Man dies of stab wounds in Beltsville, police say – The Washington Post
“Another man was taken into custody in connection with the stabbing. Police said they believe it was a domestic incident, but the nature of the relationship between the two was still unclear.”
The controversial – and not-yet realized – sale of a Metro-owned plot of land on Route 1 is part of a larger effort by the regional transit agency to capitalize on its property assets. This week, officials with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Administration revealed they hope to sell several property holdings spread across the region. The new information provides additional context for a College Park neighborhood association’s opposition to potential development of a WMATA-owned wooded tract of land immediately north of Riverdale Park Station under which Metro’s Green Line travels between Prince George’s Plaza and College Park Metro stations. WMATA announced this week it hopes to sell eight properties spread across the greater D.C. region. They are as follows, taken right from WMATA’s press release:
Baltimore Avenue, College Park, Maryland
Parcel is located at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and Albion Road and adjoins the Riverdale Park Station residential and retail complex anchored by Whole Foods
Southern Avenue Metro Station Parcels, Temple Hills, Maryland
Two parcels adjoining the Southern Avenue Metro Station on the Green Line
Glenmont Metro Station Parcel, Silver Spring, Maryland
Parcel adjoins the Glenmont Metro Station west entrance on the Red Line
9400 Lottsford Road, Largo, Maryland
Parcel is ¼ mile from the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center, in construction, and the Largo Town Center Metro Station on the Blue and Silver Lines
Branch Avenue Metro Station, Suitland, Maryland
Parcel is across the street from the Branch Avenue Metro Station on the Green Line
5708 Vine Street, Alexandria, Virginia
Pad site just off the intersection of Eisenhower Avenue and South Van Dorn Street
7100 Chestnut Street, Washington, DC
Single family lot
1100 Park Road NW, Washington, DC
Corner lot at the intersection of Park Road, NW and 11th Street, NW
12415 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland
Pad available for ground lease only next to the Glenmont Metro Station east entrance.
In our Jan. 17, 2019 edition, WTTG brings us a tragic, brief story of a pedestrian fatality in Prince George’s County’s notoriously dangerous south-county roadways. The Hyattsville Life & Times gets you up to speed on DeMatha hoops, and more after the jump. Motorist kills pedestrian near Prince George’s Beltway interchange – WTTG
“Investigators say the man was in the roadway when he was hit near the intersection of Central Avenue and Hampton Park Boulevard in Capitol Heights.” (Editor’s note, see photo above for streetscape context.
Brentwood’s five-person Town Council is down one member. Despite a requirement in the town’s charter to fill the seat within 120 days, Town Council wants to keep the seat vacant until the May 2019 municipal election. At the Jan. 16, 2019, Brentwood Town Council meeting, Mayor Rocio Treminio-Lopez announced long-time Councilor Gina Morlan had resigned her seat, though the matter was apparently contentious. “This was a very difficult and time-consuming decision,” Treminio-Lopez said during the meeting as she prepared to read a statement.
Greater Greater Washington dives into the economics of stadium subsidies, The Afro-American reports on Maryland’s new “red flag” law, Bisnow briefs the rising rents across the region and we take look inside Laurel Park’s new offering for gamers.
Hundreds of renters in Riverdale Park have a new owner as multiple apartment complexes trade hands in a single transaction. A bit further north, a court auction results in the sale of industrial land near Greenbelt Station. For different reasons, they are two notable commercial real estate transactions to enter the record from the past quarter in Prince George’s County’s Route 1 communities. River Crossing Apartments go for $8.4 million
A number of apartment properties traded hands for a cool $8.4 million in a sale recorded late November in Riverdale Park. All of the properties in the transaction neighbor each other, located at 5610, 5609 and 5505 54th Avenue in Riverdale Park.