A photo, taken from the center lane of the Baltimore Avenue-slash-Route 1 corridor looking directly south from the intersection of Oglethorpe Street and Baltimore Avenue, shows an urban vista. The green hills of Bladensburg are in the far distance, set against a cloudy evening sky and above a ribbon of roadway. Nearer to the photographer, an urban streetscape reveals row-houses and mid-rise commercial buildings south of Madison Street set against tree-lined sidewalks. Light traffic is seen on the roadway.

Hyattsville weighs affordable housing programs

Lacking a county-wide program to incentivize affordable-housing development, Hyattsville might create its own using about the only tools it has: municipal property tax breaks and dedicated city funding. 

Hyattsville Mayor Candace Hollingsworth is sponsoring two measures before City Council that address affordable housing. The most-notable is a measure directing city staff and attorneys to craft municipal legislation offering property tax credits to developers who pledge to build or preserve long-term affordably-priced housing units. The other would create a city fund, fueled by developer impact fees, a portion of which would be dedicated to “affordable housing” in some yet-to-be defined manner. 

The measures were discussed at Hyattsville City Council’s April 1 meeting. If they eventually become law – and this City Council seems broadly receptive to the idea – Hyattsville would be in pioneering territory. No similar program in Prince George’s County exists – though one once did.

A middle-aged African American man, wearing a brown jacket with a grey sweater and blue shirt, sits at a wood-paneled dais, gesturing as he speaks. Above and behind him, a sign reads "Greenbelt." Infront of him, a placard reads “Emmet V. Jordan, Mayor” To the left of him sits a younger African-American man wearing a dark shirt, infront of a placard reading “Colin A. Byrd, Councilmember”. To the right, an older white woman sits, wearing a matching red blazer and necklace, her nameplate reads “Judith F. Davis, Mayor Pro-Tem.”

Beltway Plaza redevelopment gets ‘conditional’ support of Greenbelt Council

Greenbelt City Council voted to conditionally support a conceptual redevelopment proposal for Beltway Plaza Mall. The action took place at its Feb. 11, 2019, meeting. While the mall’s owners, Bethesda-based Quantum Cos. hailed the move, there’s still a chance Greenbelt could end up opposing the conceptual site plan if city officials and the mall’s owners fail to agree on conditions set down during the meeting.