January has a reputation in the news industry for being a slow month. Well, consider the trend bucked here in the Route 1 corridor. Because it’s the last week of the month, Route 1 Reporter turns its attention to running down the top stories of January. The most-read stories focused on development issues, and who can blame us for being interested in that? Development – or, in the case of many Route 1 properties – redevelopment news is a Rorshach test upon which we project our own insecurities about our communities.
Maryland Matters has the scoop on a controversial proposal to repeal a campaign finance law that restricts how developers can donate to County candidates, plus new recommendations for fire and EMS personnel responding to violent or armed situations, and a fatal crash shuts down Route 1 Saturday.
Maryland government begins to open up services to furloughed federal employees, an update on the Kirwan Commission, and new plaques commemorating two iconic African-American Marylanders are bound for the state capitol.
Editor’s note: Please see the correction notice after the article. A Prince George’s County youth career and college training program has added to its roster of participating nonprofits. The program, dubbed the Ready for Work Nonprofit Capacity Building Initiative, is a six-year, $15 million effort by Venture Philanthropy Partners. The program’s goal is to build networks of community-based organizations that can help provide or supplement social services. The money will be split into “mini-grants” between four Prince George’s County nonprofits on a project-by-project, each selected through a competitive bid process and specifically focused on providing high school students with academic achievement, high school completion, post-secondary preparation, career readiness and healthy behaviors.
They newly selected nonprofits are:
The Training Source, College and Career Pathways, Inc., Liberty’s Promise and Community Youth Advance
They join last year’s recipients First Generation College Bound, Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education, Inc. (FAME), Joe’s Movement Emporium and End Time Harvest Ministries.
The developers behind the Hyattsville Armory Apartments have fleshed out architectural designs for the proposed mixed-use development in the city’s downtown Baltimore Avenue corridor. Hyattsville City Council got a rundown on the new details at is Jan. 22, 2019, meeting. City officials have so far been receptive to the project, but some City Council members noted reiterated during the meeting concerns about affordability, parking and impacts on local schools. The Hyattsville Armory developers, Washington, D.C.,-based Urban Investment Partners, want to build a 285-unit mixed-use apartment building with 32,000 square feet of retail space on the western edge of the 5300 block of Baltimore Avenue between the Hyattsville Armory Crossover Church and Hamilton Street.
We take another trip on the shutdown misery express courtesy of WAMU, Washington Business Journal reports on Montgomery County’s changing economic fortunes, and a profile of a former St. Jerome educator now making waves in the national Catholic education scene. All this, and more news and views for Prince George’s County residents in our Jan. 23, 2019 edition of Required Reading! Shut Down The Shutdown: Black Federal Workers In Prince George’s County Speak Out – WAMU
“When Lomax arrived for the afternoon session, he joined the many who lined up at various tables to collect free boxed lunches and groceries.
Mere months after being sold at auction, a dilapidated apartment building once owned by a recent College Park mayoral candidate has been sold at a big markup to a new owner, state property records show.
The property in question is 4619 College Ave. in College Park’s old-town neighborhood. It houses a small-ish, two-storey brick apartment building with several rental units. As recently as August 2018, the property was owned by Tom Chen, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor of College Park in 2017. Chen’s ownership of the property became a campaign issue during his 2017 mayoral candidacy after an article by The Diamondback newspaper highlighted complaints and code violations lodged against his properties in the city.
Required Reading is a simple, daily roundup of news coverage relevant to Prince George’s County and its Route 1 communities. In our Jan. 22, 2019, edition: A murder in Beltsville, an introduction to Prince George’s newest athletic superstar, and a rundown on how Maryland legislators plan to tackle gambling. Man dies of stab wounds in Beltsville, police say – The Washington Post
“Another man was taken into custody in connection with the stabbing. Police said they believe it was a domestic incident, but the nature of the relationship between the two was still unclear.”
In our Jan. 17, 2019 edition, WTTG brings us a tragic, brief story of a pedestrian fatality in Prince George’s County’s notoriously dangerous south-county roadways. The Hyattsville Life & Times gets you up to speed on DeMatha hoops, and more after the jump. Motorist kills pedestrian near Prince George’s Beltway interchange – WTTG
“Investigators say the man was in the roadway when he was hit near the intersection of Central Avenue and Hampton Park Boulevard in Capitol Heights.” (Editor’s note, see photo above for streetscape context.
Greater Greater Washington dives into the economics of stadium subsidies, The Afro-American reports on Maryland’s new “red flag” law, Bisnow briefs the rising rents across the region and we take look inside Laurel Park’s new offering for gamers.