Cars drive along a moderately-congested Greenbelt Road, a six-lane suburban throughway overlooking a green horizon.

With Beltway Plaza redevelopment in play, a new vision for Greenbelt Road emerges

As long-term plans to redevelop Beltway Plaza gain inertia, economic development and planning officials are developing planning and policy strategies to reshape Greenbelt Road to be a more pedestrian, cyclist and transit-friendly corridor. Guiding those actions for now is a report compiled over the summer by the Urban Land Institute, released October 2018. 

“The Greenbelt Road corridor is at a crossroads. Like many suburban commercial areas, it has lost some business to newer, outlying shopping centers and grapples with some disinvestment and traffic congestion,” reads the report. “Many community members express a desire for a greater variety of retail, but there is no singular vision for how the area can attract that.” The full report can be read here.

Required Reading: St. Jerome’s new school, ’82 brewers make WaPo, real estate trends

Required Reading is a simple, daily roundup of news coverage from other outlets relevant to Prince George’s County and its Route 1 communities. In our Dec. 7, 2018, edition: St. Jerome looks to Washington, D.C. for its new high school; Streetcar 82 gets a WaPo bump, and The Afro has a real estate digest, among others.St. Jerome to launch high school in D.C. (Hyattsville Life & Times)SGA hit in “dickbutt” incident (The Diamondback)This Hyattsville brewery wants to make great beer – and serve the deaf community (Washington Post)Prince George’s native hopes for more diverse medical cannabis industry (Unwind Magazine)Prince George’s real estate continues to soar (The Afro)  

A two-story greyish brick building stands on a corner lot in an older suburban streetscape. It adjoins a red single-story building that houses a retail storefront with a sign reading Hyattsville Vacuum Service. The sidewalk is cracked narrow, receding left to right into the distance. It is and stained from years of brick erosion. Infront of the buildings, at the corner crosswalk, is a crosswalk sign.

Developer buys prime Hyattsville properties, but plans uncertain

A developer has assembled a contiguous block of properties in downtown Hyattsville with the intention to redevelop it. The properties are just south of the EYA Arts District development and across the street from the proposed Hyattsville Armory development. But according to a senior Hyattsville economic development official, plans for the property have yet to be fleshed out. Further complicating matters are the city’s own long-term – but still fuzzy – plans for the area, such as a potential need for a new municipal building or parking garage. According to state property records, a series of holding companies registered to College Park resident Phillip Attia now owns the buildings fronting the eastern side of Baltimore Avenue’s 5200 and 5300 blocks.

Required Reading: School board leadership, Purple Line, Christmas tree blues

Required Reading is a simple, daily roundup of news coverage from other outlets relevant to Prince George’s County and its Route 1 communities. In our Dec. 6, 2018, edition: Prince George’s County School Board picks familiar leader; Update on the Purple Line; Don’t go, Wallace Loh; and the demise of a charity Christmas tree sale. 

Mike Franklin no longer owns Old Maryland Grill (Hyattsville Wire)

Thornton back at helm of Prince George’s School Board (The Washington Informer)

Purple Line partners talk Glenridge plans (Prince George’s Sentinel)

At State of the Campus, UMD President Loh criticizes Regents, touts campus improvements (The Diamondback)

TIF bonds issued for Westphalia redevelopment (Press release)

High prices fell Laurel Lions Club Christmas tree sale (Baltimore Sun)

College Park Council considers security camera subsidy for businesses (The Diamondback)

Legislators meet with UMD officials about football program (Diverse: Issues in Education)

Two senior lawmakers urge Loh to stay as UMD president (The Washington Post)

Angela Alsobrooks, clad in white, hugs a member of her family after taking the oath of office for Prince George's County Executive Dec. 3, 2018. She is the first woman to lead Prince George's County.

Alsobrooks rises: New county executive sworn in, pledges to fulfill ‘promise’ of Prince George’s

Newly sworn in County Executive Angela Alsobrooks began her term in office by urging Prince George’s County residents to think of the future, to not be bound by the perceptions of outsiders, and to resist the “temptation of rugged individualism” to band together in collective action to seek positive change. “Prince George’s County isn’t on the brink. Prince George’s County isn’t around the corner. Prince George’s County isn’t almost there,” said Alsobrooks to growing cheers during her speech at the swearing-in ceremony at the Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro Dec. 3, 2018.