The meeting was called to order by Tim Triplett at .Also present were officers and board members Jerry Anzulovic,
Andrea Carpentieri, Bob Catlin, Doug Hunter, Amy Noggle, Jack Perry, Harry
Pitt, and Kevin Young.
Agenda Item 2.
Minutes from last meeting
The minutes from the January and February meetings
had been posted on the web site.Mr. Perry motioned that the minutes be accepted, Mr. Catlin seconded;
there was no one opposed.The
minutes were accepted into the official record.
Agenda Item 3.
Presentation: College Park Motel development plans
Joyanna Smith, from the law firm of Gibbs and Haller
in Lanham and representing the Patel family, brought a presentation
regarding the proposed redevelopment of the College Park Motel at 8419
Baltimore Avenue.The site is currently zoned as Mixed Use
Infill; the proposed project is a hotel, which is already permitted under
On January 20, a petition was filed to vacate the
public alley behind the property.Half of the property would go to the State, the other half to
Exxon.The developers want to
improve circulation and access to Route 1.Two entrances from Route 1 would be
eliminated; one 22-foot entrance driveway would be built.
The attorneys met with the city on March 15.The City has not yet taken a position
on the proposal.The developers
will not be seeking variances, only the petition to vacate the
alley.Once the developers have a
site plan, adjoining property owners will be notified.
i.Build an independent (not a chain hotel) upscale
four-story property with 49 guestrooms.Amenities include a 27” TV, DVD player, and double vanities in every
guest room; an exercise room; and an extended continental breakfast for guests
(no public restaurant.)
ii.Buildings currently on the property would be
razed; the new building would be closer to Route 1 in
conformance with the Route 1 sector plan.Four-foot sidewalks would be built along Route 1; the developers would
have to build to take into account the proposed State Highway Administration
widening of Route 1, which would include the sidewalk area.
iii.Parking would be at the rear of the property,
with traffic leaving the property channeled to Pontiac
spaces are planned, including two spaces for people with disabilities.This number of spaces exceeds City parking
requirements.The developers do not plan
for a shuttle to the metro station.
iv.Use of the alley would allow for a new one-way
road behind the property.Traffic would
be moved from north to south.The plan
is for this road to improve access to the site.City staff says that there might be a traffic light on Pontiac
i.Utilities: these are currently sited in the
alley; the utility companies will be contacted regarding utility relocation.
There is a storm water drain that needs to be moved.
of Maryland parking lot: this lot
is located behind the motel property; a new retaining wall will have to be
built within the tree-save area.
General public comments: there is concern that the
tree buffer between the neighborhood and the property would be lost, but
the developers plan to keep the tree-save area.
BDCA position:if the public has specific comments, bring them to one of the
board members.Questions include:
i.Do we favor the developers’ plan to move traffic
ii.Do we favor informing the City about concerns
regarding abandonment of the alley?
iii.Can traffic be directed to Quebec
iv.Can traffic be directed so that cars do not
travel north on 48th Street
to leave the neighborhood?
Agenda Item 4.Special topic: report on recent Neighborhood
Mark Seaton reported on the first Neighborhood Walk,
which took place on Monday, March 14.The group walked for one hour along the bike path, to Potomac,
to Roanoke, to Ruatan, to Berwyn.
For this walk, the organizers wanted to note
potholes and burned out streetlights; find out how much distance can be
covered in one hour; and evaluate both the turnout and the attitude of
Future goals include conducting neighborhood walks
for a period of time, writing letters to appropriate authorities
regarding needed improvements; evaluating the response, and writing a
report documenting changes.
Current plans are for 1-2 walks each month on
different days and times (including a weekend walk).Mr. Seaton hopes to conduct two walks in
April, before and after the BDCA meeting.Volunteers will be invited to participate through the newsletter
and by e-mail.
In addition, a suggestion was made to have a
presentation on CERT (the Homeland Security program), and to see whether
equipment and ideas can be shared between CERT and the Neighborhood Walk.
Agenda Item 5: Organize the Cleanup
Berwyn Spring Event
year, the BDCA will sponsor a neighborhood cleanup.Suggestions include:
a Saturday morning in April, possibly the third Saturday;
BDCA will make a list of projects and cleanup areas, including trash
flyer regarding the cleanup will be included in the newsletter, listing
specifics such as meeting area and projects
BDCA will provide light refreshments
Catlin volunteered to organize the event.Further planning will be discussed at the board meeting in April.
Mayor Brayman asked the group if the BDCA would be
interested in having a walking town meeting in Berwyn.This meeting would take place either the
second or third Saturday in May.The board needs to discuss this and make a decision.
Agenda Item 6: Treasurer Update
Cutino, the BDCA treasurer, was not present; so no treasurer’s report was
Agenda Item 7: Committee Updates
Committee: Kris Moss took pictures of several playgrounds: Duvall Field, South
College Park near the Metro Station, and McGruderPark in Hyattsville.The parks have slides and climbing
equipment which the neighborhood may want for our park.
for the current equipment include removing the “raccoon” and “duck”
teeter-totters, and obtaining small-scale climbing equipment and small
was a suggestion to look at the new equipment at Cherry
which is a M-NCPP park.
Holden, who lives on Potomac Street,
works for the M-NCPP organization and will assist the BDCA with
grant-writing for new equipment.
Committee: Their next meeting is April 7.They are looking for new members.The committee has received a $1,000 grant from the City.
Preservation Coalition (NPC): Mr. Pitt reported some successes.
Eichberg property: Mr. Eichberg was restricted to
six tenants in his property.
Ridgeway property: The NPC was pleased that
seventeen people showed up at the court date.
i.Mr. Ridgeway was penalized for a number of
violations; he has 30 days to correct these violations.
ii.The judge granted the City an abatement to make
repairs if Mr. Ridgeway does not do so.The city has a budget of $1,000 for this purpose; if the City has to use
this money, a tax lien will be placed on the property.Under the law, a property could eventually be
auctioned to satisfy a tax lien.The
City can seize property under Eminent Domain only for development use.
iii.The NPC needs to watch the follow-up to make
sure that the repairs are done, or failure to do so is brought to the attention
of the City.
Agenda Item 8: College
Park Reports from our Council Representatives
proposed University Courtyards development hopes to build more than 2,000
housing units on campus.Demand is
still high for housing near the university.
The rent control proposal will be introduced to
city council at the end of April; Mr. Catlin hopes the council will adopt
rent control by the summer; and he expects it will stand up in
court.Housing will be exempt from
rent control if the rent is less than 1% of the value of the property as
shown in the property tax statement.
are plans for the office building across from Spelman House (which backs
up to Osage Road) to
be torn down.A high rise for
graduate students is planned.Mr.
Perry will share details as they become available.
Mr. Perry credits the city staff, especially code
enforcement, with doing a good job.The involvement of the community and the Neighborhood Preservation
Coalition makes a difference.
Agenda Item 9: New Business and
Traffic and parking: The traffic letter to parents of
Holy Redeemer students still needs to be sent.Who can we contact to get curbs painted
yellow in no-parking areas?
Day: Heather Iliff has volunteered to organize Berwyn Day 2005.
BDCA website: submit entries for a domain name to Tim
Community members are encouraged to submit articles
for publication in the Newsletter.Contact Tim Triplett or Jacque O’Keefe if interested.