New Hyattsville Armory Apartments details revealed

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.

Four house-style office building conversions stand on a small street.

Hyattsville office redevelopment plans heat up

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.

A medium-sized two-story brick apartment building sits on a large yard infront of a wet two-lane residential roadway. The sky is grey, trees in the background are leafy and green.

Troubled College Park apartment building flipped for big profit

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.

Metro reveals new details of controversial College Park land sale

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.

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Morlan resigns from Brentwood Council; Now what?

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.

Property Notes: Riverdale apartments sell for $8.4 million; Greenbelt Station gets new neighbor

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.