Mount Rainier and Brentwood police departments said they deployed extra police officers at key intersections along Eastern Avenue and Route 1 as a show of force to disuade pro-Trump “caravans” from entering and causing disturbances in local neighborhoods as they returned to hotels along the Route 1 corridor.
Nearly $1.2 billion in Paycheck Protection Program loans went to Prince George’s County businesses and nonprofits to support more than 109,600 jobs, according to a Route 1 Reporter analysis of new, more-detailed data on the pandemic stimulus program released by the Small Business Administration earlier this month.
Prince George’s County’s population grew by nearly 3 percent over the past five years, according to a trove of new data released this week from the U.S. Census Bureau. The data also shows the county has a growing Hispanic population and a quickly-shrinking population of white residents, too.
14 days after the close of the Thanksgiving holiday break, and Covid-19 continues to spread in Maryland. The hardest-hit counties right now are in Western Maryland, which has seen dramatic spikes in confirmed cases over the past month and have resulted in, by far, the most widespread outbreaks seen among Maryland counties since the start of the pandemic.
Hyattsville apartment owners could soon get money from the city for making major repairs to their buildings. But the program needs to be approved by Hyattsville City Council. The proposal, called the Multi-Family Improvement Rebate Program, would reimburse property owners for half the cost of upgrades that either increase energy efficiency, remediate environmental toxins, improve air quality and circulator, or increase the realiability of heating and cooling systems. In other words, for every $2 the landlord spends on eligible projects, the city would reimburse $1. However, the total reimbursement would be capped at $50,000 per property.
The proposal was first discussed by Hyattsville City Council at its Dec. 7, 2020, meeting.
Concerns about polluted creeks, increased car traffic, and loss of wildlife habitat dominated a public hearing on a Treasury Department proposal to build a 1 million square-foot cash factory on the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.
Mount Rainier’s budget was boosted by $487,000 found unaccounted for in the city’s bank accounts. For a city with an annual budget of about $7 million, it’s good news in an era when other local governments are bracing for steep declines in tax revenue as a result of the pandemic. Now, city officials are weighing a bill that would use the money for staff pay hikes, facility repairs, and economic development programs.
The next step on the multi-phase redevelopment plans for Beltway Plaza is underway. Bethesda-based mall owner Quantum Cos. is gathering feedback on a still-in-the-works detailed site plan for first phase of the planned six-phase redevelopment. Most-recently, representatives from Quantum Cos. shopped their plans before Greenbelt’s City Council during a Nov. 16, 2020, meeting, and again at a Greenbelt Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting on Nov. 18, 2020.