College Park nixes City Hall water wall

College Park’s new City Hall will not have a water feature in its main plaza. College Park’s City Council voted four-to-three against a measure that would have directed designers to proceed with plans to incorporate either a water wall or a synchronized pump-jet fountain. The proposals for such a hydrolic feature were controversial in College Park for the additional cost, which would have ranged from between $400,000 for the less-complex water wall and $685,000 for a pump-jet fountain, though the cost would be split 50-50 with the University of Maryland, which is partnering with College Park to build the new City Hall, which will have offices for both the city and the college, in addition to ground-floor retail space. 

City Council’s vote came at its Nov. 19, 2019, meeting. Councilors Fazlul Kabir (District One), Dustyn Kujawa (District Four), and District Two Councilors P.J. Brennan and Monroe Dennis voted against a motion from District Three Councilor John Rigg, seconded by fellow District Three Councilor Robert Day, to include a water wall in the plaza designs. 

The vote followed a presentation from represenatives of Design Collective, a Baltimore-based architectural firm College Park has contracted with to design the new City Hall facility.

After 4th murder of 2019, Hyattsville residents push for answers

In the wake of Hyattsville’s fourth firearm homicide since January, city officials attempted to assuage community concerns during a meeting held August, 23, 2019. The meeting came in the wake of the murder of 26-year-old Yuri Echavarria Jr., on Aug. 13, 2019 inside his apartment building on the 4200 block of Oglethorpe Street. During the meeting, led by Hyattsville Chief of Police Amal Awad at the First Baptist Church on 42nd Avenue, Awad provided an overview of details of the incident, much of which had already been disclosed. She noted her officers were not handling the case directly.

Inside Studio 3807; A photo tour of Route 1’s newest mixed-use apartment complex

Studio 3807, the new 147-unit mixed-use apartment complex that’s been under construction at – appropriately – 3807 Rhode Island Avenue,  is about to have its grand opening this coming Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Before this weekend’s grand-opening festivities, members of the Brentwood Area Business Association were privy to a meeting and tour of the nearly-complete facility. Route 1 Reporter got to tag along and explore the new apartment complex, a bright yellow, white and gray building. To put it briefly: this place is swanky.

Bikeshare expansion; Ervin sues over ballots; Pepco rates cut – Prince George’s News Roundup

Also in today’s News Roundup: Home sales prices climb up and down the Route 1 corridor. WRC: Capital Bikeshare expands to Prince Georges (finally)
“Prince George’s County is the sixth jurisdiction to join Capital Bikeshare, according to the website.” WJZ: Gubernatorial Candidate Valerie Ervin Sues To Get Democratic Ballots Reprinted
“Valerie Ervin, who was the running mate of the late Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, has been told by the board of elections that the ballots are already printed and it’s too late to change them.” Bethesda Magazine: Utility regulators approve electric rate decrease
“In the previous two years, the commission approved Pepco rate increases of $52.5 million and $33.9 million respectively after the utility requested more money to upgrade power lines and trim trees and for other infrastructure improvements.” Diamondback: College Park wants to be a top-20 college town.