P.G. Planning Board approves Glenarden apartments, Capitol Heights WaWa, Westphalia warehouse

The Prince George’s County Planning Board gave its blessing to three notable detailed development plans at its May 7, 2020, meeting, including 260 apartments at Woodmore Commons in Glenarden, a 362,880 square-foot electrical products supplier warehouse and office in Westphalia, and yet another WaWa, this one in Capitol Heights. Also, the Planning Board approved preliminary plans for a Purple-Line adjascent mixed-use project in East Riverdale. More details, below:

A black metal gate bears a three-panel sign reading, top to bottom, "City of Hyattsville." In the background, bright green leaves.

Hyattsville tries to change Magruder Park’s racist deed

Hyattsville will try a unique legal strategy to remove segregationist clauses that still exist on the deed underlying Magruder Park. At its May 4, 2020, meeting, Hyattsville City Council unanimously approved a resolution directing city staff to work with outside attorneys to prepare a “quitclaim deed” for the park that would allow the city to remove the racially restrictive deed clause. 

After protest, Hyattsville official says Shand killing ‘consistent’ with police policy

Protesting the re-instatement of six city police officers who shot and killed Leonard Shand in September 2019, police reform activists staged a drive-in demonstration in front of Hyattsville’s City Administration Building on Gallatin Street May 4, 2020. The event later prompted Hyattsville City Administrator Tracey Dougals to reveal city officials reviewed the events surrounding Shand’s death and found no violations of internal policies. 

Mapping & graphing COVID-19 in Maryland as of May 3

Prince George’s County continues to be the epicenter of Maryland’s coronavirus outbreak, with at least 7,333 confirmed cases and 265 deaths as of May 3, 2020. Statewide, Maryland counted 25,462 cases and 1,182 deaths since the start of the pandemic, with 989 cases and 26 deaths confirmed between May 2 and May 3.

Mount Rainier hopes to catch up on audits this year

Mount Rainier city officials anticipate they will have their audits up-to-date by August 30. Until recently, Mount Rainier had not filed completed audits, as required by state law, since 2017. But in March, city officials received the first of the outstanding audits, which revealed serious oversight issues around the city’s financial management.