Berwyn Heights gets third mayor in less than six months.

Berwyn Heights has a new mayor in former Councilor Stephen Isler, who was sworn in at Berwyn Heights’ Dec. 12, 2018 meeting following the resignation of now former Mayor Lynn White. It is the second time since June that a Berwyn Heights mayor has resigned. 

“Last Thursday we received a message around 10 a.m. from now former Mayor White informing us she has resigned from her position as mayor and council member. We are really saddened to hear that. We were hoping to really work with her.

The modernist facade of Prince George's County's Administration Building in Upper Marlboro.

Required Reading: Stadium limbo, dryer fires, and stadium tug-o-war

Required Reading is a simple, daily roundup of news coverage relevant to Prince George’s County and its Route 1 communities. In today’s edition: Terps win national championship, a fight over future Redskins stadium sites is brewing, and how far is too far for your county government? Terps win fourth NCAA mens soccer crown (ESPN)

Outbreak of dryer fires in Prince George’s sparks concern (WRC)

Academy of health sciences tops Maryland school achievement report (Washington Informer)

Bowser teams up with Republicans to win control of RFK campus (WAMU)

DC stadium opponents fight possible new Redskins stadium in DC (WTOP)

Hogan pitches National Harbor for Redskins stadium (Maryland Matters)

Prince George’s county seat is too remote for most residents (Greater Greater Washington)

Bowie city councilor to resign over health issues (Capital Gazette)

A partly-cloudy winter sky hovers over Riverdale Park Station at dusk, seen looking west from the Van Buren Street overpass. In the foreground, the concrete bridge platform curves away from the viewer, leading the eye to an unadorned concrete structure in the center of the photograph. This is the parking garage. It is flanked by rows of townhomes. A white sports utility vehicle is seen on the bridge, driving eastbound.

Reporter’s Notebook: Big development news last week

It may be repetitive, but once again, I start another Reporter’s Notebook with a big hearty thank you to all of Route 1 Reporter’s subscribers! Last week was a busy one on the news front, especially if you are into development. For starters, Route 1 Reporter was the first news outlet to report on new development activity at Riverdale Park Station, where hundreds of new apartments are either about to start construction or enter the development review pipeline. In all, more than 850 apartment units are planned for the development on parcels closest to the CSX tracks. More on this story below.

Required Reading: Medical marijuana, Redskins stadium, Amazon hopes

Required Reading is a simple, daily roundup of news coverage from other outlets relevant to Prince George’s County and its Route 1 communities. In our Dec. 10, 2018, edition: Maryland’s medical marijuana market is doing very well, new faces on the school board, and Prince George’s County hopes to cash in on Amazon’s HQ2 moves. Maryland medical marijuana market booms in first year (The Baltimore Sun)

Prince George’s could still be ‘winner’ despite losing Amazon HQ2 hunt (The Washington Post)

Alsobrooks takes her place in history (Black Press USA)

Redskins work Congress on stadium provision in spending bill (The Washington Post)

Maryland man makes mark with weaves for men (Associated Press)

School bush crash injures 19 middle schoolers (WTOP)

Purple Line construction continues as UMD postpones new parking garage (The Diamondback)

Millennials join the school board (The Washington Post)

A two-story greyish brick building stands on a corner lot in an older suburban streetscape. It adjoins a red single-story building that houses a retail storefront with a sign reading Hyattsville Vacuum Service. The sidewalk is cracked narrow, receding left to right into the distance. It is and stained from years of brick erosion. Infront of the buildings, at the corner crosswalk, is a crosswalk sign.

Developer buys prime Hyattsville properties, but plans uncertain

A developer has assembled a contiguous block of properties in downtown Hyattsville with the intention to redevelop it. The properties are just south of the EYA Arts District development and across the street from the proposed Hyattsville Armory development. But according to a senior Hyattsville economic development official, plans for the property have yet to be fleshed out. Further complicating matters are the city’s own long-term – but still fuzzy – plans for the area, such as a potential need for a new municipal building or parking garage. According to state property records, a series of holding companies registered to College Park resident Phillip Attia now owns the buildings fronting the eastern side of Baltimore Avenue’s 5200 and 5300 blocks.

Angela Alsobrooks, clad in white, hugs a member of her family after taking the oath of office for Prince George's County Executive Dec. 3, 2018. She is the first woman to lead Prince George's County.

Alsobrooks rises: New county executive sworn in, pledges to fulfill ‘promise’ of Prince George’s

Newly sworn in County Executive Angela Alsobrooks began her term in office by urging Prince George’s County residents to think of the future, to not be bound by the perceptions of outsiders, and to resist the “temptation of rugged individualism” to band together in collective action to seek positive change. “Prince George’s County isn’t on the brink. Prince George’s County isn’t around the corner. Prince George’s County isn’t almost there,” said Alsobrooks to growing cheers during her speech at the swearing-in ceremony at the Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro Dec. 3, 2018.