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.

A small storefront is seen at night, it features a column of rainbow-colored bricks. The inside is brightly lit, seen through large windows next to a far door.

Reporter’s Notebook: Good news for Mt. Rainier library; College Park fee review; Berwyn Heights tweaks charter

I hope you all had a warm and wonderful snow-filled weekend. Here’s hoping it doesn’t put too much of a damper on your early-week plans. Word on the street is most Route 1 communities reported few issues with snow clearance. It always helps matters when the snowstorm is on a weekend. From Route 1 Reporter’s world headquarters in Berwyn, crews were seen at all hours working city and state roads alike.

Details of Brentwood Vol. Fire Dept. embezzlement revealed

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with comments from Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department President William Broadus. Several months after the trial ended, the nature of the crimes alleged to have been committed by Steven King have been revealed. King pled guilty in September to charges of embezzlement from the Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department, where formerly served as president of the volunteer squad. The new details were disclosed in an interview with Denise Roberts, spokesperson for the Prince George’s County’s Office of the State’s Attorney. “Basically, he was living at the Fire Department, he was president of the Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department and he used company credit cards for personal expenses,” said Roberts.

Mount Rainier Manager: ‘Culture change’ has come to City Hall

Mount Rainier City Manager Miranda Braatz asserts her administration has undergone a “complete culture change” since financial and sexual harassment scandals within the city police department became public knowledge in May 2018. Braatz’s comments came in an interview conducted by Route 1 Reporter after this publication obtained sexual harassment training documents used in an all-staff training session that took place in March 2018. The documents, embedded below this story, were obtained through Maryland Public Information Act requests. “We’ve done a complete culture change since that training and since our investigation. It started from the top up, starting with explicitly allowing anybody to go to HR at any time if they had any questions or wanted to say anything or wanted to talk or wanted to report anything,” said Braatz.

Uncertainty surrounds Mount Rainier library asbestos fix

Mount Rainier City Council members say they need answers to several questions before they make a decision about the future of its local library. The library, part of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, has been closed for several weeks over suspicions the facility was contaminated by asbestos or lead. Testing subsequently conducted by two firms did not find any traces of lead in the paint, but they did find evidence of asbestos within the building’s tiles. 

That testing was paid for by the city of Mount Rainier, and any fixes to the library will be paid by the city as well. That’s because the library is one of two in Prince George’s County to operate out of a building owned by a municipality, as opposed to the library system itself. The library operates from the building as a tenant.