WSSC redevelopment finds opposition in Hyattsville Council

Hyattsville City Council declined to support changes to land use rules sought in a redevelopment proposal of the former WSSC headquarters, abandoned next to Magruder Park since the early 1990s. But they also voted to provide no official reason for their position in official correspondence with county planning officials who will ultimately have the final say on the matter. But there’s another wrinkle, too. Prior to all of this, Hyattsville City Council approved a surprise motion to purchase a portion of the Hamilton Street WSSC parking lot property in order to expand Magruder Park if – and only if – the Prince George’s County Public Schools declines to purchase the land and if county planning officials approve the project. Pictured above: Hyattsville City Council members Edouard Haba (Ward Four) and Bart Lawrence (Ward One).

Sewer repairs could disrupt Anacostia River Trail

Repairs to a large sewage line could result in periodic detours or closures of the Anacostia River Trail south of Bladensburg over a span of nine months, according to officials from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. A timeline isn’t final, but work could begin by late 2018. At a May 30 public meeting held at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, utility officials outlined plans to rehabilitate a massive sewage line that runs along the eastern edge of the Anacostia River starting in Bladensburg. The sewage line is a 102-inch trunk sewer through which one-third of all WSSC’s wastewater flows on a septic voyage to the Blue Plains Water Treatment Plant in Southwest D.C. Constructed in 1977, it is the largest pipe in WSSC’s entire wastewater system. On an average day without rainfall, 45 million gallons of sewage flows through it.