Prince George’s adds school meal sites; Elder hours at Whole Foods Riverdale Park

The top news today: expanded school meals distribution sites, and Whole Foods launches elder hours. But first: Route 1 Reporter is launching a hopefully recurring series of articles to compile new information about food assistance available for Prince Georgians during the coronavirus pandemic disruptions. The hope is that this will be a daily-as-needed series, but the situation is rapidly changing and I’m experiment to see what works and what doesn’t, so who knows? On to the news:

Prince George’s County expands grab-and-go school meals distribution sites

The new sites bring the total number of grab-and-go meal distribution sites to 36. The grab-and-go sites originally launched with just 11 locations this past Monday.

Prince George’s County Coronavirus Daily Digest: Managing expectations

Route 1 Reporter has compiled information from the past day about the hyperlocal effects of the coronavirus pandemic in Prince George’s County. Today’s edition covers the events of March 16. Below is a rundown of the new announcements from state, local and city leaders in Prince George’s County. Federal update:

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there have been 3,487 total documented or under-investigation cases of novel coronavirus in the United States as of 4 p.m. March 16. There have 68 deaths in the United States so far.

Coronavirus upends Prince George’s County life; Take action now

Coronavirus is moving through Prince George’s County “among people who are not particularly ill or showing symptoms,” according to Prince George’s County Health, Human Services, and Education Deputy Chief and pediatrician Dr. George Askew. Thursday, county officials said residents should take immediate precautions to limit social contact and prepare for serious disruptions to their daily lives. “The best way to address it is through non-pharmaceutical intervention; social distancing…increased levels of social distancing,” said Askew. “Close down events where large crowds might be. Close down smaller events even.”

As written, Hyattsville Backyard Chicken Act lacks votes

Without major changes, a majority of Hyattsville City Council opposes a proposal to “legalize” backyard chickens in the city. At its March 2, 2020, meeting, Hyattsville City Council again discussed proposed legislation from Councilor Danny Schaible that would eliminate provisions in the city code that prohibit residents from owning chickens and other domestic fowl. But the proposed legislation was not amended from the last time City Council discussed the matter, when several City Council members expressed concerns that simply deleting the existing prohibitions without creating a regulatory framework for backyard fowl would be irresponsible. As a result, those concerns had not changed. In all, a majority of six of Hyattsville’s 11 City Councilors expressed concerns with Schaible’s proposal during the March 2 discussion.

Wawa planned for College Park Ikea

Developers hope to build a Wawa gas station and convenience store on what is now a parking lot near College Park’s Ikea store on Baltimore Avenue, according to documents recently filed with county planning officials. Last week, Washington D.C., based developer Roadside Development filed a detailed site plan application for review and approval by the Prince George’s County Planning Board. The plan calls for the construction of a 4,740 square-foot gas station retail facility on 1.4 acres near Baltimore Avenue. 

A map shows the relative location of the planned Wawa near Ikea Circle. According to the documents, the facility is planned for the southeast corner of the circle at the intersection of Ikea Way and Ikea Boulevard, to be more precise. 

The Wawa, if approved, would have some familiar company nearby. Almost exactly one kilometer to the north is the Wawa at 10515 Baltimore Avenue in Beltsville. 

Wawa’s application is tentatively set to be considered by the Planning Board at its April 30, 2020, meeting.