A white, middle-aged man with a thin beard stands smiling in front of a brick wall. He is wearing a white button-up shirt, no tie, and a dark blazer.

Early Hyattsville Council hopeful launches campaign

Hyattsville appears to have its first City Council candidate in one Danny Schaible, who has activated a campaign to represent Ward Two. Schaible is a landscape architect with the National Park service. He has more recently made his mark in the city’s political discourse on development matters, becoming a prominent activist opposed to a proposal to build homes on the site of the abandoned Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission headquarters and parking lot near Magruder Park. He’s also known for purchasing and distributing around town 200 trilingual signs reading “No Matter Where You Are From, We’re Glad You Are Our Neighbor,” according to the Hyattsville Life & Times. Over the weekend, Schaible began to share campaign literature on newly-minted Facebook page, Danny for Hyattsville.

A group of five older, white adults, (two women, three men) around a table in conversation. On the table are pictures, diagrams and other papers. Behind them, an African American woman looks their way.

Magruder Park redesign concepts move ahead

What does the future hold for Magruder Park? Hyattsville residents had another chance to weigh in on a proposal to redesign the park at a “listening session” held Feb. 7, 2019. Judging by the response, the dozen-or-so attendees at the event seemed broadly receptive to many elements of the conceptual redesign plans. “I am encouraged.

Update: Suspect arrested for Hyattsville murder

Prince George’s County Police have arrested a suspect connected to a Jan. 30, 2019, murder in Hyattsville. This is the sixth homicide to be reported in Prince George’s County since the start of 2019. According to a notice from the Hyattsville City Police Department, officers responded to a call for a possible fight at 3700 Hamilton Street around 1:35 a.m. on Jan. 30, 2018.

Developer buys North Brentwood properties

Prime Rhode Island Avenue lots in North Brentwood has been sold to a prominent D.C. commercial real estate investor. According to state property records, several lots near 4550 Rhode Island Ave. in North Brentwood, including an abandoned vintage plumbing store, traded hands last month. The purchase, when combined with a neighboring property purchased in 2013, now leaves the developer with nearly 30,000 square feet of assembled properties fronting a rapidly-redeveloping Rhode Island Avenue corridor. In a transaction recorded Dec.

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.

New police chief marks many firsts for Hyattsville

Before a packed room of law enforcement officers and well-wishers at Hyattsville’s city hall, Amal Awad was officially sworn in to her new role as chief of police for the Hyattsville City Police Department. The ceremony took place shortly after 2 p.m. Dec. 13, 2018. In assuming her new title, Awad becomes the first African-American, the first woman, and the first member of the LGBT community to lead Hyattsville’s police. 

In swearing in Awad, Hyattsville Mayor Candace Hollingsworth said the department has a leader committed to maintaining and building trust between the community and the police department. “Amal has dedicated and demonstrated to this community that she will lead the department at the highest level, that our community will have – through her leadership and the work of the police and law enforcement officers that are in this room and from our department and our partners – that our community will have a police department that delivers on the type of community policing that residents value and deserve,” said Hollingsworth during the event.