Berwyn District Civic Association
Thursday, September 21, 2006
1. Agenda Item 1. Roll call for officers. The meeting was called to order by BDCA President Tim Triplett at 8pm. Also present were officers and board members Jerry Anzulovich, Liesl Koch, Al Cutino, Debbie Mimms, and Bob Baca.
2. Agenda Item 2. Minutes from last meeting. Minutes from the June 2006 meeting were accepted into the permanent record.
3. Agenda Item 3. College Park Motel presentation. The College Park Motel cancelled it’s presentation for the meeting and will reschedule.
4. Agenda Item 4. Treasurer’s report. The Treasurer, Al Cutino, made his report. The BDCA still hasn’t received the $750 the City contributed to Berwyn Day, but it was reported in the balance anyway. The current income over expenses is $1,544, which is ahead of where we were last year at this time. A motion to accept the treasurer’s report was passed.
Agenda Item 5. Proposed condo/apartment building at
§ The group owns the former Maryland Bank building, which they proposed to tear down.
§ The Koons Ford building on the west side of Route 1 will be torn down if SJM is successful in buying it (so far the asking price has been too high).
§ The proposed building will be mixed use, with retail below and either condos or apartments above (SJM would prefer condos, but it depends on demand). There will be four levels of parking, topped by eight residential stories. The building will be more traditionally residential – targeting professionals, professors, etc. – than University View, and will house 308 units (45 percent 1-bedroom and 55 percent 2-bedroom). There will be 10,000 sq. ft. of retail space – all the retail will be on the ground floor, although that will be a double-high floor. There are no preconceived tenants.
§ Mr. Burke was asked if SJM would agree to allow for no more than 10 percent of their condos – if they end up as condos rather than apartments – to be allowed to be non-owner occupied. He said he would get back to us about that.
building will be officially part of
§ The sidewalk in front won’t be as large as the one in front of the University View building because part of the space will be needed for parking for the retail space.
§ The entire area is in a floodplain. The front part of the building will be on grade, the back part will be above the 100-year floodplain level. In the middle will be a huge turnabout circle. There will be two access points into the garage. For 308 units, SJM is required to provide 338 parking spots; they hope to provide 50 more than that.
§ The developer will provide direct access to the hiker-biker trail behind the building. Someone asked if anyone was going to improve the creek behind the proposed building. The Army Corps of Engineers has plans to restore it by building up its banks to control flow. Someone put forward that they hoped the creek would be allowed to retain its meandering path. Mr. Burke’s partner Steve McBride is very active in pushing forward for the stream restoration. It will look natural when it’s done, and will be maintenance-free.
§ SJM is proposing a traffic light on Route 1, even though they believe one isn’t absolutely necessary.
§ Someone asked how SJM would meet the College Park Planning Department’s objectives of moving parking to the rear of buildings if SJM puts parking for its retail sites in front. Mr. Burke said that they can’t bring the building forward because of the floodplain, so that space would be wasted otherwise.
§ The building’s dumpster will be inside in a service area. SJM hopes to also provide a place inside for “commercial trash.”
§ There will be a pool on the 5th floor. The pool, which will have a club room and bath house, will overlook Paint Branch Creek. Current plans have the pool at only 4 feet deep, but SJM is looking into depressing it so that it can be deeper. There will be no terraces on the roof.
Agenda Item 6. Proposed pawn shop.
A number of
7. Agenda Item 7. Updates.
§ Welcoming Committee. They need a coordinator. Residents are encouraged to let the committee know of families who are renting. Also, suggestions for what to include in the welcoming bags are welcome.
The committee did a good job of getting good, new equipment at
Graffiti was found on park benches in
§ Annual Bonfire. We were not able to get a permit for the park this year but we’ll have something anyway. It will be the next to the last Saturday in October. It was proposed that we call it “Bonfest.” We should clean up ashes better afterwards than in past years. The actual site of the fire itself should be moved so that it isn’t directly under trees. On the other hand, it shouldn’t be so close to asphalt that the asphalt melts.
§ Agenda for next meeting. Tim Triplett will invite all 18 school board candidates to speak. Ideas for future speakers encouraged. We don’t meet in December – hold holiday party instead.
Pedestrian crosswalk at
Food trucks have shown up in
§ Signage at Amigos store. Signage outside the Amigos store (near the Washington Post entrance) needs repair. It was suggested that the person who brought this up call Public Services to ask if the store is in compliance with the law. The city is able to enforce these laws.
City Councilman and
§ Heather Iliff, School Board candidate. Bob Catlin enouraged people to vote for Heather.
§ City budget. The city projects a $1.2 million surplus. But there are a lot of expenses coming up.
§ Trash pickup. The city is trying to reduce people “on task.”
Leaf pickup is last Monday in October.
We usually get two pickups in
Liesl Koch, Recording Secretary, BDCA