Berwyn District Civic Association Thursday, March, 19, 2015 Fishnet Restaurant

  1. Agenda Item 1. Officers Present. BDCA 1st Vice President Harry Pitt substituted for President Kevin Young, who was unable to attend. In addition to 1st Vice President Pitt, officers present were 2nd Vice President Richard Morrison, Recording Secretary Liesl Koch, Treasurer Lori Young, Board of Directors Member Bob Catlin, Neighborhood Watch Director Nick Brennan, and Welcome Committee Chair Christy Dollymore.

  2. Agenda Item 2. Approval of Minutes. A motion was made to accept into the record the minutes of the February 2015 meeting. The motions was seconded. The motion passed by a show of hands.

  3. Agenda Item 3. New Business. There was no new business to report.

  4. Agenda Item 4. Treasury Report. Treasurer Lori Young made the following financial report:


    Treasurer Young will be paying for BDCA’s P.O. box tomorrow.

    A motion was made, seconded, and passed to accept the March 19, 2015, treasury report into the record.

  5. Agenda Item 5. Neighborhood Watch Report. Neighborhood Watch Director Nick Brennan reported that it’s been quiet in the neighborhood. Tomorrow is the last day of spring break; there have been no break‐ins reported during spring break so far. Before the start of spring break, police distributed flyers about keeping your house safe while you’re away to residents on 48th Avenue, where a lot of student renters live.

    Mr. Brennan brought 10 yard signs that say “Drive Like Your Kids Live Here” to the meeting.

    Several people took one home to place in their yard to remind drivers to slow down.

  6. Agenda Item 6. Community Events. Christie Dollymore has been nicknamed “Director of Fun.” She asked that we let her know if we have any ideas for a spring/summer social event that Berwyn would enjoy.

  7. Agenda Item 7. Councilman Brennan’s Report. Councilmember PJ Brennan distributed flyers on the Berwyn Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour. Lakeland has already installed markers indicating where the various places in the Lakeland Historic Neighborhood flyer are located.

    The height of the hotel that will be going up at the corner of Paint Branch and Route 1 has been reduced at the request of the College Park Airport. If the developer had not complied, it could

    have started a domino effect where other new buildings in the flight path exceed the recommended height and the airport would eventually be forced to close.

    There will be a meeting on the City’s Strategic Plan on March 24th.

    There will be an Aging in Place Task Force meeting on April 6, 2015, at 6:30pm, at St Andrews Church. The task force will discuss how we can help seniors age in place, etc.

    The site of the former proposed “East Campus” development has been renamed the “Innovative Zone.” Businesses committed to locating in the proposed hotel on the site are Red Spa, a seafood and oyster bar restaurant run by Franklin’s, and an Elizabeth Arden. Space has been reserved for a sushi bar and coffee house as well.

    A new operations building will be going up at the airport; it will no longer be housed in trailers.

    The building formerly the 94th Aero Squadron was flooded several years ago and no one seems to want to put the kind of money into the building it would take to return it to its previous state. There’s talk about it being turned into a hangar for the airport, or a café.

  8. Agenda Item 8. Councilman Dennis’ Report. Councilmember Monroe Dennis reported that there’s a new director at the airport that is trying to promote the museum there. The airport is also contemplating doing an oral history, to get locals to talk about the airport. He will provide some additional details for the BDCA newsletter.

    Good Neighbor Day is Saturday, March 28th. The University participates, as well as the Maryland‐National Capital Park and Planning Commission. There will be volunteer work to do, as well as a 5K run/walk. This year, Dr. Loh (President of UMD) and Senator Jim Rosapepe will address participants at the closing ceremony. The hours are 9 to 1:30 and everyone will meet at the College Park Community Center. See for more information.

  9. Agenda Item 9. Branchville Crossing Proposal. Developers of the proposed Branchville Crossing development gave a presentation to the North College Park Civic Association. At that meeting, they presented it as just a “concept” plan. Branchville Fire Department was there. Toward the end of that meeting, someone made a motion to write a letter opposing the development but they didn’t vote on it because the plan hasn’t been finalized yet. Main concerns are parking, proximity of structure to Route 193, its effect on neighboring houses. The North College Park Civic Association is going to write a letter to the developer outlining their concerns. The attorney for the fire department was in attendance. Mr. Cruz (of the company proposing the development) has said that they’d make sure the entrance, parking, etc., do not negatively affect the fire department.

  10. Agenda Item 10. Other Business. Christy Dollymore has written to U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer about the problems occurring as a result of several streets in Berwyn getting a “Berwyn Heights” city address on their mail.

Sandy Tyler unveiled the painting that artist Dan Kennedy created for Berwyn. Dan Kennedy is the one who painted the mural that had been on the side of the auto parts store at the main entrance to the neighborhood. Sandy wanted Dan to attend but was unable to reach him. Harry Pitt suggested putting a plaque at the bottom of the painting identifying it and saying it was a gift to the community so that it will stay with the community. The painting is currently hanging in the Fishnet restaurant. Sandy was thanked for her tireless efforts.

Sandy reported that the sign‐makers are currently making the welcoming sign. They will send us a layout of the design. The sign will say “Berwyn, est. 1896” and will be in mosaics, with a brown background and green lettering. We still have not decided on where it will be placed.

PJ Brennan said the neighborhood will be getting a little stand to put the brochures about Berwyn’s walking tour in.

Nick Brennan said there will be a College Park Mother’s Day 5K race on May 10th. People will meet in front of the REI store in the Hollywood shopping center. It will be a timed race. All proceeds will go to charitable granting efforts.

Marina Dullnig asked people to e‐mail her or Nick if we saw any graffiti in the neighborhood.

She also praised NextDoor for its ability to keep us connected.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00pm.

Meeting attendees (from sign‐up sheet):

Nick Brennan PJ Brennan Robert Catlin Monroe Dennis

Christy Dollymore Michele Garnes

Harvey Himmelfarb Margaret Himmelfarb Doug Hunter

Karyn Keating Volke Liesl Koch

Harry Pitt

Forrest Tyler Sandy Tyler

B. Valentich

R. Valentich Lori Young

Liesl Koch, Recording Secretary, BDCA.