Welcome to the North College Park Citizens Association (NCPCA), your neighborhood forum for citizen involvement and advocacy.

The next meeting is scheduled for May 14, 2015.

Agenda for May 14 Meeting

  • 7:30 Pledge of Allegiance
  • 7:35  Legislative Update from the 21st Delegation – Representatives will provide an update on key bills and events of the 2015 Legislative session  and answer questions from residents.
  • 8:05 METRO Test Track Construction and Operation – Representatives from WMATA will discuss the construction of the test track and a sound barrier wall.  Operation of the test track after completion will also be discussed.
  • 8:25 Break/Refreshments
  • 8:35 Discussion of Vacant Properties – The Director of Public Services will discuss what can and what cannot be done about grass and trash at vacant properties in North College Park.   Please bring creative suggestions to address concerns.  Suggested fixes may or may not include City staff: for example neighbors may volunteer to cut the grass at a property adjacent to their own.
  • 8:55 Approval of Minutes, Officers Reports
  • 9:00 Neighborhood Update
  • 9:10 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 April 9, 2015

  • College Park Honda – The dealership wants to expand the service portion of the dealership by adding 16 new bays in the rear of their property and not visible from Route 1.
  • Greenbelt Metro Development – There was a quick review followed by some discussion of building heights, after which a motion was made on that subject. Also discussed were priorities for the used of any funds to be received by the City related to the development and an update on the beltway interchange.
  • Dog Park in North College Park – Members discussed the idea of a dog parks, where it might go, and its needs.
  • City Strategic Plan – Members discussed several topics of the Plan. There were many topics members wanted to cover which were not emphasized in the plan.
  • New City Manager – There was some discusssion of what would be desired in a new city manager.
  • Mothers Day 5K – NCPCA voted to be a sponsor of the College Park Mother’s Day 5K.

Summary of Meeting of March 12, 2015

  • Branchville Gardens – Cruz Development gave a presentation on a proposal to build workforce housing on a small, triangular piece of land near Branchville Fire Dept. Members later discussed the project and voted to express their concerns.
  • Greenbelt Metro FBI Project Update – Renard Development Co. gave members the latest update about the development’s plan.

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.


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