Regular Meeting on April 13, 2017

Minutes of Regular Meeting on April 13, 2017

Meeting began at 7:30 pm.  Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir, Christine Nagle, and Mary Cook were present.  Mayor Patrick Wojahn was also present.

Moved by John Krouse / Jaime Lark to adopt the minutes of NCPCA March meeting without change; motion passed.

Officers Reports

Eric Hoffman reported a balance of $1,003.94.

Presentations

Hollywood Streetscape Improvements

Terry Schum, Planning Director, and consultants from Flora Teeter presented concepts for the Hollywood StreetScape Improvements. Goals are to make the Hollywood commercial district community friendly, pedestrian and bicycle friendly, and improve landscaping. This is the 30 percent design phase. After getting feedback, the next step is to complete drawings and put the project out to bid. Elements of the design included:

  • Improvements to Rhode Island Avenue (pedestrian and vehicular)
  • Improvements to intersections of Rhode Island Ave and Niagara Rd; Edgewood Rd and Narrangansett Pkwy
  • Create gateways to the commercial district
  • Create a wellness circuit
  • Create parklets along the service road
  • Higher visibility to crosswalks at Edgewood Rd and Rhode Island Ave

Phase 1 would include Rhode Island Ave improvements, wellness circuit, gateways. Phase 2 would include parklets, plantings. Presentation will be given Tues, May 2 at city council work session. Comments may be sent to Terry Schum.

Greenbelt Metro Town Center Parking Garage Detailed Site Plan

The committee for the Detailed Site Plan met with city staff and consultant to review the detailed site plan. Moved by John Krouse and Judy Blumenthal to support the plan with conditions. A friendly amendment was offered by Jackie Pearce Garrett was accepted. The motion passed unanimously. The conditions, in brief, are that floodplain and wetland analysis and mitigation design, and asks that their mitigation be located outside City boundaries; impacts to the vernal pool area of Narragansett Run; all stormwater and wetlands plans and mitigation fully conform with the letter and spirit of relevant laws and regulations; and the Metro garage be designed to reduce and minimize light and noise impacts on residential properties and parks.

New Business

Elections Committee

An elections committee was formed. John Krouse, Arthur Eaton, and Phil Aronson volunteered to serve. Elections will be held in June. The elections committee is responsible for collecting nominations and coordinating the election of officers for the 2017-2018 membership year.

Budget

A motion was made by John Krouse / Judy Blumenthal to support three budget items: Youth and Family Services meeting room improvement, a Homeowners Resource fund, and a College Park infrastructure study. The motion passed unanimously.

Reports and Announcements

The Community Garden build took place on Saturday April 15. The Hollywood Farmers is back. Grand opening is Saturday May 2. The budget town hall for North College Park is Monday April 24. Park Run is a free weekly timed 5K that takes place along the trail behind Rita’s. The College Park 5K is Saturday May 6. Third Thirsty Thursday is the third Thursday of every month at Ledo’s.

Moved by Eric Hoffman / Arthur Eaton to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned 9:10 pm.

Submitted by Jackie Pearce Garrett, President

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