Welcome to the North College Park Citizens Association (NCPCA), your neighborhood forum for citizen involvement and advocacy.
The next meeting is scheduled for Mar 12, 2015.
Agenda for March 12 Meeting
- 7:30 Pledge of Allegiance
- 7:35 Proposed Development Branchville Gardens/Crossing – Cruz Development representatives will discuss their proposal to develop Affordable Housing /Multifamily Apartments on Rte 193 adjacent to the Branchville Fire Dept.
- 8:00 Update on Proposal to Develop FBI Headquarters at Greenbelt Metro Station – Developer’s representative Garth Beall will provide an update on the status of the project.
- 8:30 Break/Refreshments
- 8:40 Discussion of Proposed Charter Amendment to Lower the Voting Age in College Park – Group discussion of upcoming City Council vote to lower the voting age.
- 8:55 Mother’s Day 5K Race – Representatives from the College Park Foundation will discuss plans for this year’s race.
- 9:05 Approval of Minutes, Officers Reports
- 9:10 Neighborhood Update
- 9:15 Guests & Officials Announcements
- 9:20 New Business & Future Agenda Items
- 9:30 Adjourn
The above schedule is for planning purposes only; actual times may vary.
Summary of Meeting of February 12, 2015
- Strategic Plan – Members offered their ideas on what should be in the plan.
- Hollywood Streetscape – City Planners presented members with results of a study on ways to improve the streetscape near the Hollywood Commercial District.
- Environmental Finance Center – Discussion of stormwater practices.
- Stormwater Tax and Fund – Members received explanation of the stormwater tax and fund, its effect on property tax, and how to lessen the tax by good stormwater practices.
- Other actions: Supported MD HB-682; took position in favor of goals of Hollywood Streetscape Project.
Summary of Meeting of January 8, 2015
- Strategic Plan – Members offered their ideas on what should be in the plan.
- Budget – Members discussed several budget ideas.
- Tax Talk – Larry Bleau gave members an update on tax issues.
- NCPCA Strategic Thinking – Members gave their opinions on how NCPCA can improve its operations and why members attend NCPCA meetings.
Summary of Meeting of December 11, 2014
- Potential Façade Improvements for Hollywood Commercial District – Designs for façade improvements were presented.
- County Councilmember Mary Lehman – Spoke to members about a variety of concerns.
Summary of Meeting of November 13, 2014
- City Hall Expansion/Relocation – Members discussed City Hall expansion/relocation plans. A third site, Stone Industrial, was introduced for consideration.
- Police Services – Several police representatives spoke to members about recent crime, graffiti, police activities, and police resources.
- Reconsider Hollywood Road Extension – Mark Shroder requested that the NCPCA vote to oppose a feasibility study to extend Hollywood Road be placed on a future agenda. The request was granted.
- CSX Tunnels – Request to post “no trespass after dark” signs in the four tunnels area, possibly install cameras as well.
- Location of City Hall – Take a position regarding alternate City Hall locations.
Summary of Meeting of October 9, 2014
- School Board Candidates – Lupi Grady and Peggy Higgins, candidates for School Board, spoke about their platforms.
- Environmental Finance Center – Joanne Throwe, director of the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland (http://www.efc.umd.edu/), spoke to members about the mission of her organization: stormwater management.
- Term Limit Referendum – President Chris Nagel distributed a flyer that gave arguments against Question J, which would extend term limits for County Council members from 2 terms to 3 terms (12 years).
- SHA on Greenbelt Metro Interchange – State Highway Administration representatives presented a preliminary plan to upgrade the Greenbelt Metro beltway interchange into a full interchange and to widen selected parts of the beltway.
- Greenbelt Metro FBI Project Update – Garth Beall, of Renard Development Co., updated members on the latest development plan. The original proposal for the FBI and a mixed use was rejected by GSA because they wanted more room for the FBI complex. Mr. Beall described an alternative plan to accommodate GSA’s wishes, and which also addressed the mixed use component.
Summary of Meeting of September 11, 2014
- Proposed Metrobus Changes – A WMATA representative presented a proposal to split Metrobus Routes 83 and 86 in half with a common terminal at the College Park Metro Station.
- Community Partners Program – A County representative discussed community initiatives to identify, track and maintain vacant and foreclosed properties.
- Community Police – Our local patrol / community liaison officer gave an update on crime in the area.
- Members discussed possible future agenda items and approved printing and distributing flyers.
Summary of Meeting of June 12, 2014
- College Park Community Foundation – Dave Milligan gave a short presentation on the current activities of the CPCF.
- Development Overview – Ms. Terry Schum, Director, College Park Planning Dept. provided an overview of City and development projects in our area.
- Officer Elections – Elected to office were: Chris Nagel, President; Arthur Eaton, Vice President; Jackie Pearce-Garrett-Treasurer; Larry Bleau, Secretary.
- Greenbelt Metro Interchange – Voted to send letter to SHA.
Summary of Meeting of May 8, 2014
- Nominations – Nominees were announced for each office.
- Greenbelt Metro Entrance – Members voiced numerous concerns about the College Park side of the access to the Greenbelt Metro.
- City Police Force – Members discussed various aspects of the City’s contract police and a potential City police force.
- Hollywood Road Extended – Members opposed a suggested feasibility study on extending Hollywood Road to the west side of US 1 to connect with the Mazza Grandmarc development.
Summary of Meeting of Apr 10, 2014
- NCPCA Email List – Discussed if NCPCA email list (ncpca) should be changed to be a discussion list. No change made.
- Graffiti – There has been graffiti at Hollywood Rd. and Rhode Island Ave, as well as other places. Residents have reported this to the City.
- Pedestrian Safety – Rebecca Vaughan gave members a presentation on research she had done about the safety of the pedestrian crossing at US 1 and Edgewood Rd., as well as US 1 and I-95 exit ramp.
- Dannielle Glaros announced she is running for office of County Council
- Endleman Property – The University of Maryland wants to use this property as an urban farm.
- Light Rail – SHA plans a light rail line along US 29, a spur of which will go to MD 193.
- Parking On 53rd Ave – People (nonguests) routinely use a guest pass to park near the metro station, in violation of City rules.
Summary of Meeting of Mar 13, 2014
- Tax Update – Presentation on Federal and MD tax changes and how they affect homeowners, workers, and retirees
- Assistant City Manager, Bill Gardiner, introduced himself
- NCPCA Flyer – Review of draft NCPCA flyer
- College Park Mother’s Day 5 K Race on May 11 through North College Park
- Good Neighbor Day – Gloria Blackwell, University of Maryland Director of Community Involvement, spoke to members about the upcoming Good Neighbor Day (Mar 29, 9-1:30)
- Safety Concerns were expressed about behavior of nonresidents in the four tunnels area, members asked for police support to address these concerns
- City Budget Wish List discussion
- College Park Academy discussion
- Greenbelt Metro Development discussion
Summary of Meeting of Jan 9, 2014
- Relocation of College Park Academy – Discussion of concerns related to possible future relocation of the Academy to the Al Huda School site. Members listed issues they’d like Council to address.
- UM Emergency Alert System – A short presentation was made. besides faculty, staff, and students, City residents can subscribe.
- NCPCA became a sponsor of the Prince Georges Running Club and made a $300 donation.
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