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Regular Meeting on December 14, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 7:33 pm by President John Krouse. In attendance were Mayor Patrick Wojahn and Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir (D-1), John Rigg (D-3), Dustyn Kujawa (D-4) and Denise Mitchell (D-4).

New Community Center in North College Park. Councilmember Kabir summarized the recent history of interest in the concept and previous resident support for a new facility in North College Park. Money allocated in the City budget has been removed, and a new feasibility study is needed. Christine Nagle stated that activism by NCPCA would help to establish the purpose and need for a new community center. Brad Herbert noted some support for a location in Hollywood commercial district. Additional discussion about locations, hours of operation, etc. was followed by formation of a NCPCA Community Center Committee with Christine Nagle and Mary Cook as co-chairs to identify committee members and to explore options for a center within the North College Park area.

Resolution of NCPCA – County Zoning Code Rewrite. Lisa Ealley introduced a motion seconded by Les Booth. Discussion followed regarding the latest draft of the Prince George’s County zoning code rewrite; the process and timeframe of approving new code and zoning map; possible impacts of 1,000 foot zoning radius along US 1 and 1,300 foot radius near Greenbelt Metro; and email from M-NCPPC staff indicating no intent to rezone residential properties. Bridget Warren, chief of staff of County Councilmember Mary Lehman participated in the discussion.

Motion passed unanimously:

NCPCA members have worked with College Park staff and elected officials to understand the zoning code rewrite process and potential impacts to our community. We concur with the comments approved by College Park City Council to your office on Dec. 5, 2017. We are very concerned about potential zoning changes and impacts to residential properties near US 1, MD 193, Hollywood Commercial District, and Greenbelt Metro Station. We ask that you preserve and protect the residential character of North College Park in conformance with existing Sector Plans, and that you avoid any zoning changes that may adversely impact our homes, parks, open spaces and quality of life. We ask that you keep us informed of all future meetings and opportunities for comment.

Resident Methods of Communication to Mayor & Council. Lisa Ealley led a discussion about the expression of resident concerns via social media, etc. Comments intended for the public record that are related to City charter amendments, ordinances, resolutions and other official City business should be sent in writing to the City Clerk or by email to CPMC@collegeparkmd.gov to ensure that comments are received by Mayor and Council and entered into the public record.

Recognition & Holiday Party. Outgoing City Councilmembers Christine Nagle (D-1) and Mary Cook (D-4) were presented with flowers, cards and testimonials for their many years of service to the City Council and as former presidents of NCPCA. A holiday party with festive refreshments followed.

Announcements. Councilmember Kabir announced that $70,000 was included in the City budget to plan for a dog park at Duvall Field. City Deputy Director of Public Works Brenda Alexander will present concepts at the Jan. 11 NCPCA meeting. Mayor Wojahn noted the ongoing holiday decorations contest and availability of beige yard waste recycling carts for $25 purchase from Public Works. Mary Cook mentioned ongoing planning discussions for a 5-story storage facility at US-1 and Hollywood Road.

Officers Reports & New Business: NCPCA treasury is $1,251.62. Two new memberships were received. Per motion of Les Booth and Dave Turley the November NCPCA minutes were unanimously approved. There were no motions for new business.

Ideas for January NCPCA Agenda.

1. Brenda Alexander will present info about plans for a dog park at Duvall Field.
2. Councilmember Kabir will provide an update about plans to improve traffic flow on R.I. Ave; possible NCPCA resolution.
3. Member discussion of afternoon traffic gridlock at US 1 & Edgewood Rd.; possible NCPCA resolution.
4. Member discussion of City budget priorities and wish list of NCPCA members for the next year.
5. NCPCA Community Center Committee will update regarding members and discussions.
Adjourn. At 9:30 pm there was no motion to continue, and the meeting was adjourned.


Regular Meeting on November 9, 2017

Regular Meeting on November 9, 2017

Meeting was called to order by President John Krouse at 7:30 pm.

Attendance: Approximately 28 attendees, including NCPCA Officers; Councilmembers Nagle and Kabir; Suchitra Balachandran, President, West College Park Citizens Association President; Eric Olson, College Park City-University Partnership; Bridget Warren, Chief of Staff to Councilwoman Mary Lehman; Thomas Rodden, Esq of RGS Title.


· Mr. Thomas Rodden reported on Residential Tax Credits & Other Info Useful to Homeowners in College Park. A link with detail information will be provided.
· President Suchitra Balachandran of West College Park Citizens Association reported on P.G. County Small Donor Election Fund: Giving Government Back to the People. President Balachandran can be reached at cp_woods@yahoo.com
· Councilmember Kabir reported that 20% of North College Park residents voted at the November 7th elections.
· Bridget Warren, Chief of Staff to Councilwoman Mary Lehman reported on Prince Georges County Zoning Code Rewrite. The presentation generated the questions below*.
· Treasurer’s Report. Current status: Savings $111.84 Checking $139.78 Total: $1251.62


· Meals on Wheels of College Park, Maryland, is accepting donations.
· Holy Redeemer will host a bazaar weekend of November 10th.
· Prince Georges County Police Thanksgiving Day is November 15th.
· Results of the Public Safety Study will be released on November 21.

Minutes of October 12th were approved with no amendments.

Meeting Adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
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* Zoning Questions that were forwarded to Terry Schum, Planning Director of College Park on November 16. Ms. Schum did not provide written answers to NCPCA, but many points were discussed at the November 21 City Council Worksession.
1. Understanding the process.
a. Explain the expectations of P.G. County zoning staff regarding input of residents, civic associations and City Council at this time.
b. Explain the process and likely timeframes for approvals of the zoning code rewrite and zoning map amendment.
2. Regarding the zoning map amendment.
a. Explain the purpose and future function of the map amendment.
b. Explain why the zoning rewrite and the map amendment are not being approved at the same time?
c. What problems or conflicts may be expected if the zoning rewrite and the map amendment are not approved at the same time?
3. What measures are now in place or being proposed to preserve and protect the character of residential communities in North College Park?
4. Explain the Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Zone and how a community qualifies for this designation.
5. How is the adequacy of public facilities (APF) recognized and how will it be changed in the proposed zoning?
6. Regarding exemptions to transportation adequacy tests.
a. Does the zoning rewrite exempt the US 1 corridor from transportation adequacy test standards?
b. Describe the proposed exemptions and why the US 1 corridor will be exempt?
c. What specific areas of the US 1 corridor will be exempted?
d. What analysis has been conducted to justify the exemptions?
e. How will exemptions affect residents and residential property owners within and adjacent to the exempted areas?
f. How will impacts from exemptions impact the response time of emergency vehicles?
7. Our understanding is that neighborhood compatibility standards provide protections for existing single family neighborhoods.
a. Explain neighborhood compatibility standards.
b. Why does the proposal exempt College Park from neighborhood compatibility standards.
c. How will residents in different parts of North College Park be impacted by exemption from neighborhood compatibility standards.
8. Regarding the proposed “transit-oriented activity center” within 1,000 feet on either side of US 1.
a. Explain what this is, and where it applies, in North College Park.
b. Will this designation allow for more density in future development?
9. Regarding the Hollywood Commercial District (HCD).
a. Describe how the HCD will be impacted by the zoning rewrite?
b. Is the HCD being rezoned as Neighborhood Commercial Zone?
c. Are any areas near the HCD being proposed for increased density or different residential uses?
10. Regarding Greenbelt Metro Station.
a. Describe any proposed zoning changes or exemptions that may affect residents near Greenbelt Station.
b. Describe any proposed zoning changes that may affect Hollywood Neighborhood Park, Davis Field or Al Huda School.
c. Describe any proposed zoning changes that may affect the status of currently undeveloped open space such as the Endelman property, the Polish Club property, etc.
11. Regarding areas near MD 193 University Boulevard.
a. Describe any proposed zoning changes or exemptions that may affect residents or property owners in the area near University Boulevard, including the current industrial uses.
b. Describe any proposed zoning changes or exemptions that may affect traffic and development uses along Rhode Island Avenue or nearby City streets.
12. Regarding future zoning changes, after the current process is completed.
a. Will the ability of municipalities to comment on and influence the details of development be enhanced or reduced by the zoning rewrite?
b. Will the ability of municipalities to comment on and influence the details of development be enhanced or reduced by the map amendment?
c. Will residents and civic associations have more or less opportunity to voice their concerns about choices for development in their communities after approval of the rewrite and map amendment?
d. Explain the process for resident and civic association input when a business or development files a conceptual or detailed site plan in the future?
Minutes Respectfully Submitted by Judy Gail Blumenthal, Ph.D. Secretary

Minutes of October 12 Meeting

Meeting was called to order by President John Krouse at 7:30 pm.

Attendance.  Approximately 75 attendees, including great-granddaughter of Edward Daniels; NCPCA Officers; the City of College Park Mayor and Council Representatives from District 1, 2, 4; and the following candidates for the November 2017 City elections:
Mayor Candidates in Attendance: S. H. Tom Chen, Mary C. Cook, Lalzarliani H. Malsawma, Patrick L. Wojahn

Council Candidates in Attendance:  D-1: S. Elizabeth DeBosky,  Christopher P. Gill, S. M. Fazlul Kabir,  Catherine Hope Kennedy.  D-2: P. J. Brennan,  Richard J. Douglas, Alexander C. Tobin  D-4: Oscar E. Gregory, Alan Y. Hew, Dustyn B. Kujawa, Denise C. Mitchell


Councilmember Kabir presented Moriah James’s paper on the, “The Vision of Edward Daniels: The History and Heritage of Daniels Park and Hollywood on the Hill”.

President Krouse explained how NCPCA includes District 1, District 2, and District 4.  He then chaired the Candidates’ Forum as follows:

Mayoral Candidate Forum.  3 minutes were allowed for Question 1: Considering your past experiences and goals for the future, please explain why you are the best candidate? and 2 minutes were allowed for Question 2: Please describe your three highest priorities as Mayor?

City Councilmember Candidate Forum.  2 minutes were allowed for Question 1: Please describe your best qualifications for serving as Councilmember?  1 minute was allowed for Question 2:  Please describe your vision for preserving and enhancing North College Park?  1 minute was allowed for Question 3: Please describe the greatest problem facing the City of College Park?

Minutes of September 14, 2017.  The minutes were approved with no amendment.

Treasurer’s Report.  Current status: Savings  $1061.47   Checking $188.78    Total:  $1250.25


  • Duvall Field Ribbon Cutting, October 13.·
  • Program at the Aviation Museum, October 18. ·
  • Free Yoga Program @ Old Parish House, October 21.·
  • Animal Welfare Committee to provide free microchips, October 28. ·
  • District 2 and District 4, respectively, will host Candidate Forums.·
  • Phi Kappa Psi (fraternity at the University of Maryland) is available to local residents who need assistance. Contact Billy Bruno @ 267.283.6590.

November NCPCA Agenda may include a police survey.

Meeting Adjourned at 9:22 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted by Judy Gail Blumenthal, Ph.D. Secretary


September 2017 Meeting Minutes

North College Park Community Association (NCPCA) Meeting

September 14, 2017, Davis Hall, College Park, Maryland

Meeting was called to order by President John Krouse at 7:30 pm.

Minutes of August 3, 2017 NCPCA Meeting were approved as amended to read “former County Council Member Tom Dernoga is running for election.”

Approximately 35 attendees including: NCPCA Officers and Council Members Nagle, Kabir, Cook; City of College Park speakers Scott Somers, Manager, Terry Schum, Director of Planning, Robert Ryan, Director of Public Services; Guest speakers Brian Curry, Johnson Development and Edward Gibbs, Land-use Attorney; Police Officer LT Keleti.


  • Terry Schum presented on the continuing issue of improvements to the Hollywood District, emphasizing the planning study of 2014, that is now at the 30% phase. Primary concerns pertain to county storm drain easements, public right-of-ways and pedestrian safety and security – all in relation to Narragansett Pkwy. There is a need for funding source because the City is currently funding $1M of the $3M estimated cost. Other discussion included the lack of unified lighting fixtures in the City because each District has autonomy to select their own fixtures.

  • Brian Curry of Johnson Development and Edward Gibbs, Land-Use Attorney, presented a concept drawing for a Storage Facility that would be located in District 4 on 9/10 of an acre.

  • Robert Ryan and Officer Keleti spoken on security and contract police.

President Report

NCPCA has a storage closet in Davis Hall, which houses Association documents dating back to the 1990s.

Vice President Report

New members are joining weekly and email database is current.

Treasury Report

Current status:

  • Savings $1061.12
  • Checking $188.78
  • Total: $1249.90


  • Old Parish House will be celebrating its 200th anniversary September 15-17.
  • City’s Greenteam will hold an event at the Community Center on September 15.
  • NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction will celebrate its 5th anniversary Sept16th.
  • Free YOGA classes begin on September 23rd at Old Parish House.
  • Community Clean-Up scheduled for September 30th.
  • Police District 1 Coffee Club meets each Wednesday @ 9:00 am at Jason Deli’s on Rt 1.
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Next month Agenda items will include candidates running for office.

At 9:30 pm there was a motion to continue. Meeting adjourned at 10:00 pm.

Respectfully Submitted by Judy Gail Blumenthal, Ph.D. Secretary


Regular Meeting on August 3, 2017

North College Park Community Association (NCPCA) Meeting

August 3, 2017, Davis Hall, College Park, Maryland

Meeting was called to order by President John Krouse at 7:35 pm (rain delay).

Minutes of June 8 NCPCA Meeting were approved.

Tonight is a special joint meeting with the West College Park Citizens Association, Suchitra Balachandran, President.

Approximately 33 attendees including the two Association Presidents and the following public officials: Mayor Wojahn, Council Members Nagle, Kabir, Cook, Kujawa, and former County Councilmember Tom Dernoga.

Primary objective of the joint meeting was to allow for an open forum regarding the City of College Park Council’s Charter Amendment, which was established in 1955 and does not reflect current residency, and to discuss the City Council’s Amendment to the Charter (sponsored by Councilmember Christine Nagle), which would (1) allow non-citizen’s to vote only for municipality officials, and (2) for the City to maintain its own voter registration database.

There were no amendments to the agenda.

Six Questions Presented

Meeting process was established for informative purpose only. Process was (1) show of hands in favor of each question; (2) discussion of each question (in favor only); (3) second round of votes by show of hands in favor of each question.

The number of votes recorded in the second round are as follows:

  1. City Voter List? Should the City establish its own requirements and dedicate funds to maintain its own list of voters who meet City voting requirements? 5 Votes
  2. Only U.S. Citizens? Should the City continue to limit the right to vote in City elections only to residents who are also citizens of the United States? 14 Votes
  3. Green Card?  Should Permanent Residents of College Park who have a ‘Green Card’ issued by the United States be allowed to vote in City elections? 7 Votes.
  4. Visa?  Should citizens of other countries who hold a visa issued by the United States be allowed to vote in City elections? 0 Votes.
  5. Everyone?  Should everyone who lives in the City, including undocumented citizens of other countries, be allowed to vote in City elections? 8 Votes.
  6. Referendum?  Should the proposed Charter amendment be added as a non-binding referendum on the 2017 City election ballot? 21 Votes.

Vice President Report

  • NCPCA needs to increase its membership that is currently at 50.

Treasury Report

Current status:

  • Savings $1025.77
  • Checking $188.78
  • Total: $1214.55


  • NCPCA Officers had an organizational meeting on July 10th.
  • Archived documents can be stored and locked in a cabinet located in Davis Hall.
  • August 1 National Night Out was successful even though there was a heavy rain storm.
  • Cutting ribbon for the upgraded Duval Field is planned for September.
  • The City Council will be voting on the Charter Amendment August 8.  If you want your voice heard, write your Council person before the 8th.
  • The Old Parish House will be celebrating its 200th anniversary September 15-17.
  • Compost Bins can be purchased for $20 by calling the City’s Public Works office.
  • Yard Waste Bins can be purchased for $25.
  • “Pick Up” Stickers for the bins are available.
  • University of Maryland Office of Community Engagement is holding Dental Services at Xfinity Center September 8 & 10.
  • The City’s Greenteam will hold an event at the Community Center on September 15 @ 7:00 pm. Volunteers are needed.
  • John Pedevillano, Purple Heart Recipient and long-term resident of the City, will receive a proclamation by the Mayor at the Aug 8 Council mtg.
  • County Council Member Tom Dernoga is running for re-election.

Meeting adjourned at 9:30 pm.

Respectfully Submitted by
Judy Gail Blumenthal, Ph.D.


Regular Meeting on June 8, 2017

Minutes of Regular Meeting on June 8, 2017

Meeting began at 7:37 pm.  Mayor Patrick Wojahn and City Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir, Christine Nagle and Mary Cook were present.


Moved by Jaime Lark/Arelis Pérez: Adopt the minutes of NCPCA May 11 meeting with corrections; motion passed.

Jackie Pearce-Garrett introduced Moriah James, a UMd student majoring in anthropology who is working on a project to record stories of the Hollywood neighborhood. Those interested in contributing their stories should contact her at moriahjames433@gmail.com or by phone at 410-689-9982.

Treasurer Eric Hoffman reported a current balance of $1,074.21; $70 of this was from recent dues, not including those paid tonight.  There were no other officer reports.


Legislative Update

MD Sen. Jim Rosapepe distributed a legislative summary then spoke to members about accomplishments this legislative session. He then took questions from the floor.

New Business

Traffic and Congestion

Jackie Pearce-Garrett opened the floor to members so they could voice their opinion on what areas of northern College Park have traffic or congestion problems and NCPCA leaders could plan when to hold a meeting and whom to invite. A lively discussion followed.

Issues and areas of concern included: the intersection of Hollywood Rd. and Rhode Island Ave., driver behavior and driving on the shoulder of Rhode Island Avenue, pedestrian crossing safety and need for enforcement of flashing pedestrian lights on Rhode Island Avenue, possible lower speed limit of 30 or 25 mph on Rhode Island Ave., speed humps on Rhode Island Ave. service roads, back areas of neighborhoods need stop sign enforcement, need for stop sign enforcement at Edgewood and 51st Ave., traffic blocking the intersection at US 1 and Edgewood Rd. (southbound US 1 turning left on Edgewood Road), and a State Highway Administration study that might include a wider median on Greenbelt Rd. for pedestrian crossing.

Jackie formed a committee to look into these and more traffic and congestion issues.

Recent Campus Murder of Richard Collins and How to Respond

The persons who requested this agenda item were not present, and there was no NCPCA resolutions.


Jackie gave the floor to Larry Bleau to conduct the annual elections. The nominees for office were John Krouse (President), Lisa Ealley (Vice President), Judy Blumenthal (Secretary), and Arelis Pérez (Treasurer). For each office additional nominations were solicited, and upon hearing none nominations were closed and members voted to elect by acclamation. They newly elected officers took office at the close of the meeting.


Jackie Pearce-Garrett presented Larry Bleau with a certification of appreciation and some gift cards in thanks for his 20 years as an officer of NCPCA.  Upcoming events: 6/10 Edible College Park will meet and discuss permaculture; 6/10 the Museum of Language will meet 2-4; 6/10 Animal Welfare Committee will meet; 6/10 VFW will host a fundraising pig roast to aid one of its members; 6/14 at YFS a presentation of the Hollywood Commercial District plan; in August State Highway Commission will discuss with Council the intersection of Edgewood and US 1; 6/17 Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a new volunteer group, will meet at United Methodist Church; Meals On Wheels needs volunteers to prepare meals (9am-12pm), 1-5 days/week, contact us at 301-474-1002.

The meeting adjourned with a motion from Larry Bleau.

Prepared by Larry Bleau, Former Secretary.


Regular Meeting on May 11, 2017

Minutes of Regular Meeting on May 11, 2017

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

A motion to adopt the minutes of NCPCA April meeting without change passed.


Carrollton Enterprises

William Steen, VP for External Affairs at Carrollton Enterprises, spoke to those assembled about changes coming to the Hollywood Shopping Center.  REI has closed its store there, and MOMs signed a 20-25 year lease to move into the vacated space.  They will add a cafe named The Naked Cafe and will have Mighty Pet, a part of MOMs, as a third component.  They should open in September.  There are four candidates for MOM’s current location; the name of the new tenant will not be disclosed until one of them is chosen.  MOMs, as the anchor tenant, can place restrictions on who or what type of businesses can operate at the shopping center.  The Farmers Market has about 10-15 vendors.  A mobile clinic, operated out of Doctors Hospital, will be at the shopping center Thursdays 9-4.  If there is any projected traffic increase Carrollton Enterprises will inform the City.

Community Garden

Kate Kennedy, a Master Gardener intern, gave a short update on and took questions about the new community garden, located behind the Blue Tech Cleaners building.  Several plots are available to gardeners, cost $15/yr, which includes water and integrated pest management; call Steve Beavers for more info.  Search for “grow it eat it” for more information about what to grow or contact the Maryland Extension Service.  Contact Kate for more info at 202-400-1501 (cell) or email her katehopekennedy@hotmail.com .

Reports and Announcements

Treasurer Eric Hoffman reported a current balance of $994; no expenditures have been paid since the last meeting.  There were no other officer reports.

New Business

Dues Discussion

Members discussed possibly raising the dues, currently at $5/yr/member plus $5/yr for postal delivery of minutes and agenda.  No one spoke in favor of increasing the dues.  President Jackie Pearce-Garrett asked for volunteers to print and mail the hardcopies rather than relying on officers; Arelis Perez, a new member, offered to do so if there were fewer than 25 to mail.

Nominations and Elections

John Krouse reported that the committee now has candidates for all offices.


Mayor Patrick Wojhan arrived just before the meeting closed; he and Fazlul made several announcements: 5/20 community clean-up at the shopping center at 9am;  there is a big delay on work at the Duvall Field site due to Pepco, no completion date; Davis Hall should be ready to use once more in the fall; Hollywood StreetScape plan will be revised and will come back to the community (the R. I. Ave. service road is owned by County, not City, for example); bids will go out on Hollywood Gateway Park soon; WSSC sewer rehabilitation lines will start soon, call 443-686-1558 for more info; 5/12 4-8pm will be a Senior Art Show at St. Andrews; and 5/18 5-7pm Third Thirsty Thursday at Ledos.

Moved by Eric Hoffman/Jamie Lark: Adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 8:49 pm.

Submitted by Larry Bleau, Secretary.