Get to know the 2017 City Council Candidates!
 
The Hyattsville Life & Times and the City of Hyattsville's Teen Advisory Committee will co-host a Candidates Forum at the City Building, 4310 Gallatin Street, on Wednesday, April 19 from 7-9 PM. Candidates will answer pre-selected questions about local issues from residents. 
 
The event organizers welcome the public to submit questions for consideration in advance through the City's SpeakUp Forum, in the above box that says "Enter your idea here..."
 
Questions may also be submitted for consideration in the following ways:
 
1. Emailed to the Hyattsville Life & Times at managingeditor@hyattsvillelife.com
2. Dropped off at the City Building. Questions dropped off at the City building should be placed in an envelope and labeled for the Hyattsville Life & Times. 
 
Questions must be submitted by Monday, April 10th at 11:59 PM. 
 
The City will live stream the forum on cable (Comcast 71, Verizon 12) and online at hyattsville.org/meetings.

In September 2016, the City kicked off the rewrite of its Community Sustainability Plan. Updated every five years, the plan lays out the vision and priorities for the City in the upcoming years. After two series of public meetings and lots of work on our end, the draft of the plan is available for review. 

 

The plan in its entirety is attached to this page for review. List any comments you may have, whether they are editorial or content based, in the comment section. Comments will be accepted until Friday, May 5. 

 

There will also be two opportunities to meet with us to discuss the draft. Staff will be at the City Building on Saturday, April 22 at 1 PM. We will also be holding an open house on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 PM at Edward M. Felegy Elementary School . 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Gerbes at kgerbes@hyattsville.org or 301-985-5059. 

Council Vice President Kevin Ward (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 2015. Council Vice President Ward serves as a Council Liaison to the Education Advisory Committee and the Health, Wellness and Recreation Advisory Committee. 

Councilmember Bart Lawrence (Term: 2017-2021) was first elected to the City Council in 2013. Councilmember Lawrence serves as a Council Liaison to the Education Advisory Committee and the Planning Committee. 

Councilmember Carrianna Suiter (Term: 2017-2021) was first elected to the City Council in 2017. Councilmember Suiter serves as a Council Liaison to the Education Advisory Committee and the Health, Wellness and Recreation Advisory Committee. 

Councilmember Tom Wright (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 2015. Councilmember Wright serves as a Council Liaison to the Hyattsville Environment Committee and the Planning Committee. 

Councilmember Paula Perry (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 1999. Councilmember Perry serves as a Council Liaison to the Code Compliance Advisory Committee and the Police and Public Safety Citizen's Advisory Committee. 

Council President Edouard Haba (Term: 2017-2021) was first elected to the City Council in 2013. Council President Haba serves as a Council Liaison to the Code Compliance Advisory Committee. 

Mayor Candace B. Hollingsworth (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 2011 as a Ward 1 Councilmember. 

Councilmember Robert Croslin (Term: 2017-2021) was first elected to the City Council in 2013. Councilmember Croslin serves as a Council Liaison to the Police and Public Safety Advisory Committee and the Teen Advisory Committee.

I grew up in Baltimore City where I attended public schools and completed college and graduate school. I earned my undergraduate degree in fine arts and a masters degree in landscape architecture. I received another diploma from Bowman Technical School in jewelry design and repair. 

Sometime after my wife Dyann and I met in Baltimore, she took a job with the Federal Government in Washington DC and we moved to Hyattsville to shorten her commute. At the time the two local newspapers were the Gazette and the Sentinel. I read in one of the papers that an artists' group was forming (The Hyattsville Community Artist Alliance) and with some encouragement from Dyann, I joined. This was the beginning of my community involvement. We now have two adult children (Kigen and Chike) who were raised here. They participated in activities in Hyattsville that contributed to their growth. They were the stimulus that kept me involved in the happenings of our City, and what a wonderful city it turned out to be! 

 

Councilmember Shani Warner (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 2011. Councilmember Warner serves as a Council Liaison to the Hyattsville Environment Committee.

I grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where my parents worked for the state government. I first moved to the Washington, DC area in 1991, where I studied Classical Humanities and Philosophy at Georgetown University. I spent my junior year in Ireland at the School of Classics at Trininty College, Dublin. After college graduation, I moved to Santa Fe NM, where i received a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies from St. John's College. From there I moved to Ann Arbor, MI, to study law at the University of Michigan Law School. I loved law school and interspersed my practical classes with ones like "Blood Fueds," where we read medieval Icelandic sagas, and "What Makes a Good Life and What Should Government Do About it?" The latter class turned out to be more useful than I could have predicted at the time. I returned to DC in 2000 to embark on my legal career. In my professional life, I am a practicing attorney at a large law firm in downtown DC, where I supervise teams of attorneys in high-stakes, complex litigation, representing companies and individuals in a full range of state, federal, administrative, and international matters. 

In 2008 I moved to Hyattsville with my now-husband when we bought our first home together. Two years later he proposed to me on the front steps of our Hyattsville home with a pressed penny machine showing scenes from our neighborhood. I quickly became involved in our new community and worked to bring a community garden to Hyattsville. I ran for the Hyattsville City Council in 2011, campaigning door-to-door while pregnant, and was sworn into offfice a couple of months before our daughter was born. On the Council, my emphasis has been on community building and expanding civic participation. I've spent years thinking about the obligations of participatory democracy and the ways we collectively make and remake rules to make our communities better and more just. I've spent the past seven years trying to put theory into practice. 

 

Councilmember Erica Spell (Term: 2017-2021) was first elected to the City Council in 2017. Councilmember Spell serves as a Council Liaison to the Police and Public Safety Advisory Committee. 

The Hon. Erica M. Spell is a Councilmember for Ward 5 in the City of Hyattsville, Maryland. She serves as a Council Liaison for the Police and Public Safety Advisory Committee. In addition to serving on the Hyattsville City Council, Ms. Spell is a federal government contractor for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). With more than 8 years in the international development field, Ms. Spell has held various roles in business, program, and training development at Heifer International, Ray Group International, an Creative Associates International. During her undergraduate tenure at Howard University where she earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science, Ms. Spell interned for the high-profile, Senate Foreign Relations Committee then chaired by then Senator Vice President Joseph Biden along with Committee Members that included President Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton. She also interned for the United States Consulate in Strasbourg, France, studied abroad in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and has volunteered or worked in countries throughout the Caribbean, South America, East Africa, and Europe. She earned a master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) from American University with a concentration in International Management. Ms. Spell is a proud member of the Young Elected Officials Network. She is currently enrolled in the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance at the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy and recently returned to Howard University to pursue a doctoral degree in the Department of Political Science. Ms. Spell enjoys reading, traveling, singing on the worship team at her church, spending quality time with friends and family, and participating in educational activities with her 6-year old daughter, Zoe. 

 

Councilmember Joseph Solomon (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 2013. Councilmember Lawrence serves as a Council Liaison to the Health, Wellness and Recreation Advisory Committee. 

 

The City has selected six (6) actionable near and mid-term intiatives from the Speak Up HVL: 2017 - 2021 Community Sustainability Plan as potential budget initiatives for the FY-2019 Budget. Residents provided an additional twelve (12) initiatives at the Speak Up HVL: FY-2019 Budget Workshops. You may prioritize these intiatives in the Community Budget Priorities Survey

If none of these initiatives satisfy your budget priorites, please post and vote on additional ideas below! 

The City is planning to beautify a section of Hyatt Park. We want to hear what the community would like to see in the park, including the style, color, and landscaping of the area. You can share your thoughts here in our online Speak Up HVL Forum, or join us at 3505 Hamilton Street on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 7 p.m.

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La Ciudad planea embellecer una parte del Parque Hyatt. Queremos saber lo que la comunidad quisiera ver en el parque, incluso su estilo, color y paisajismo. Se pueden compartir sus pensamientos aquí en nuestro foro, o se pueden unirse a nosotros en 3505 Calle Hamilton el martes, 9 de enero de 2018, a las 7 p.m.

RBC, LLC has submitted a proposal for the development of 8 townhouses at the southeastern intersection of Oglethorpe Street and 44th Avenue. The presentation associated with their application is attached to this forum. A copy of the presentation given to the City Council on May 7 is available below. A If you would like more information on the project, you can visit the project page on the City's website, here.

This project will go through the development review process outlined below. You are invited to provide public comment at any public meeting, within this Forum, or by email to cityclerk@hyattsville.org.

Questions should be directed to the City Planner, Katie Gerbes, at kgerbes@hyattsville.org or (301) 985-5059.

 

Presentation of Proposal

May 7, 2018, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers 

Planning Committee Meeting:

April 15, 2018, 2nd Floor Prangley Room

Discussion of Proposal:

May 14, 2018, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers

Action of Proposal:

May 21, 2018, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers 

The people have spoken! Hyattsville’s beer will be a honey ale. All of the finalists sounded delicious, and Calvert Brewing Company is excited to craft this mild, slightly sweet treat—brewing it with local ingredients. 

Now to name it! Send us your best names and be sure to support the ideas that others post. We'll leave this forum open until February 24, and then give the list of top ideas to Calvert's brewmaster for his take before we let you all vote for the winner.

Remember: Calvert Brewing will unveil this winning beer at the City Anniversary celebration on April 29. Your efforts will be rewarded, of course, with a chance to taste the brew.

Have questions or thoughts about the Sanctuary City ordinance? A Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the City Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin Street.

Comments and questions posted on Speak Up will be shared with the City Council prior to the Public Hearing.

The Marvin R. Blumberg Company has submitted a Preliminary Plan of Subdivision for the Landy Propery, located on the west side of Belcrest Road, between Toledo Terrace and Adelphi Road. The presentation is attached to this Forum. 

The application will go through the City's Development Review Process, detailed below. You are invited to provide public comment at any public meeting, within this Forum, or by email to cityclerk@hyattsville.org.

Questions should be directed to the City Planner, Katie Gerbes, at kgerbes@hyattsville.org or (301) 985-5059 OR to Chris Hatcher, Land Use Counsel at clhatcher@lerchearly.com

 

Presentation of Proposal 

November 6, 2017, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers 

Presentation of Proposal 

November 21, 2017, Planning Committee Meeting, 2nd Floor Prangley Room

Discussion of Proposal 

January 16, 2018, Planning Committee Meeting, 2nd Floor Prangley Room

Discussion of Proposal 

February 5, 2018, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers

Action on Proposal

February 20, 2018, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers

The City is planning to beautify a section of Hyatt Park, turning it into a community gathering space. The City has been working with the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) to develop two concepts for the Park: "Double Allee" and "Spiral." 

 

Do you have thoughts on the two designs below? What do you like? What do you dislike? Let us know!

 

The two concepts will be presented at the following meetings: 

City Council Meeting - February 20, 2018, 8:00 PM 

Health, Wellness, and Recreation Advisory Committee Meeting - February 22, 2018, 7:00 PM 

Hyattsville Environment Committee Meeting - February 26, 2018, 7:00 PM 

Planning Committee Meeting - February 27, 2018, 7:30 PM

 

It should be noted that these plans are rough concepts. Exact furnishings/location of elements will likely differ from the final product. The City will be collecting comments on each of the concepts through March 11, 2018, at which point the NDC will make modifications and present the two revised concepts. The City Council will make a decision on which design will move forward in April. 

The City's Education Advisory Committee needs your help drafting questions for the debate! The Prince George’s County Public Schools Board of Education is responsible for overseeing public education in the county. Four people are seeking the District 3 school board seat. Whoever is elected will play an important role in addressing the needs of children in our local schools. Please share questions you would like the candidates to be asked, and/or vote for the questions submitted by others. The debate moderators will use the information provided here to create a final set of questions.

District 3 stretches from Hyattsville, Mt. Rainier, Brentwood and North Brentwood west through Chillum, Rolling Crest, and Carole Highlands and north through Adelphi. The debate will take place May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at 4310 Gallatin Street. Join us in person, watch via Comcast 71/Verizon 12, or stream online via Hyattsville.org.

Please note that the City does not endorse any candidate in this election, and is assisting this event only as a service to residents. 

 

 

The City is planning to beautify a section of Hyatt Park, turning it into a community gathering space. Back in January, we asked you what you would like to see happen at Hyatt Park. In February, we brought you two concepts of how the park could be programmed. Now we've taken your feedback and the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) has provided us with one revised concept plan for the park!

The revised concept will be presented at the City Council meeting on April 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM. We will be accepting comments on the revised plan until April 30, 2018. 

 

Do you have thoughts on the design below? What do you like? What do you dislike? Let us know!

3599 East West Highway is a gas station located at the corner of East West Highway (MD-410) and Belcrest Road. In April 2018, the applicant presented their Detailed Site Plan to reconfigure the site to add 4 additional gas bays and to relocate the convenience store to the southern edge of the site.

The presentation given by the developer to the City Council is attached to this forum. If you would like more information on the project, you can view the project page on the City's website, here

This project will go through the development review process outlined below. You are invited to provide public comment at any public meeting, within this Forum, or by email to cityclerk@hyattsville.org.

Questions should be directed to the City Planner, Katie Gerbes, at kgerbes@hyattsville.org or (301) 985-5059.

 

Presentation of Proposal

April 2, 2018, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers 

Planning Committee Meeting:

April 17, 2018, Planning Committee Meeting, 2nd Floor Prangley Room

Discussion of Proposal:

May 14, 2018, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers

Action of Proposal:

August 6, 2018, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers 

Gilbane Development has submitted their architectural detailed site plan (DSP) for the Riverfront at West Hyattsville development. In early 2018, the proposal was granted approval of their preliminary plan of subdivision and infrastructure detailed site plan to construct 183 townhomes adjacent to the West Hyattsville Metro station. At this time, the applicant is coming back to recieve approval on the architectural elements of the development. 

The applicant presented their plan to the City Council on May 7, 2018. A copy of their presentation is available below. If you would like more information on the project, you can visit the project page on the City's website, here

This project will go through the development review process outlined below. You are invited to provide public comment at any public meeting, within this Forum, or by email to cityclerk@hyattsville.org.

Questions should be directed to the City Planner, Katie Gerbes, at kgerbes@hyattsville.org or (301) 985-5059.

 

Presentation of Proposal

May 7, 2018, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers 

Planning Committee Meeting:

May 15, 2018, 2nd Floor Prangley Room

Discussion of Proposal:

June 4, 2018, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers

Action of Proposal:

July 16, 2018, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers 

The Marvin R. Blumberg Company has submitted an infrastructure only Detailed Site Plan for the Landy Propery, located on the west side of Belcrest Road, between Toledo Terrace and Adelphi Road. Earlier in 2018, the development had their preliminary plan of subidivsion approved to construct 331 townhouses. The presentation given to the City Council on May 14 is attached below. 

This project will go through the development review process outlined below. You are invited to provide public comment at any public meeting, within this Forum, or by email to cityclerk@hyattsville.org.

Questions should be directed to the City Planner, Katie Gerbes, at kgerbes@hyattsville.org or (301) 985-5059.

  

Presentation of Proposal 

May 14, 2017, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers 

Presentation of Proposal 

May 15, 2017, Planning Committee Meeting, 2nd Floor Prangley Room

Discussion of Proposal 

June 4, 2018, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers

Action on Proposal

July 16, 2018, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers

Since the fall, the City has been working with Toole Design Group on a citywide Transportation Plan. After months of public data collecting, Toole has released a draft of the recommendations they are suggesting for the Hyattsville Transportation Plan. Two documents are attached to this forum: a document outlining proposed changes to the existing transportation network, and a map of the City showing where each of the proposed projects takes place.

**NOTE**  These recommendations are still in the draft stage and this is not the final Hyattsville Transportation Plan. It is likely that language in the draft may get added, removed or otherwise edited through this review process. 

Do you like some of the listed recommendations? Do you think we've missed something? Let us know by commenting in the box above.

The Hyattsville Armory Apartments is a development proposed on the 5300 block of Baltimore Avenue. The developer is proposing the construction of a new building that will feature 32,000 square feet of retail on the first floor, along with 284 apartments and a parking garage. 

The presentation given by the developer to the City Council is attached to this forum. If you would like more information on the project, you can view the project page on the City's website, HERE. 

This project will go through the development review process outlined below. You are invited to provide public comment at any public meeting, within this Forum, or by email to cityclerk@hyattsville.org.

Questions should be directed to the City Planner, Katie Gerbes, at kgerbes@hyattsville.org or (301) 985-5059.

 

Presentation of Proposal

July 16, 2018: City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers 

Planning Committee Meeting:

July 17, 2018: Planning Committee Meeting, 2nd Floor Prangley Room

Discussion of Proposal:

August 6, 2018: City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers

Action of Proposal:

September 17, 2018: City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers 

UPDATE AS OF JULY 10, 2018

On June 18, 2018, the City received an updated conceptual site plan (CSP) application for the Magruder Pointe development. The original CSP application sought approval to construct townhouses through an amendment to the table of uses of the Gateway Arts District Sector Plan. The revised CSP application seeks to utilize the other permissible method to construct townhouses: a rezoning. No other aspects of the proposal have changed.

On June 29, 2018, the City received another revision to the CSP application. In this revision, the applicant seeks to rezoning the upper and lower lots to M-U-I (mixed-use infill). As is the case with the first revision received on June 18, the applicant is not changing their proposed end product, but is specifying the rezoning they would like to see. 

As a result of the revisions, the CSP application has been sent to the City for an expedited review. Due to the expedited time frame, the revised plan will not follow the standard process for development applications. Instead, the first revision was discussed at the Planning Committee meeting on June 19, 2018. The second revision will be discussed at the City Council meeting on July 16, 2018. At the July 16 meeting, the City Council will decide if they would like to provide the County's Planning Board with any additional commentary as a result of the revised application. 

More information on the updated application can be found at the City's website, here

 

ORIGINAL POST

Werrlein Properties, LLC has submitted a proposal for the reuse of 4017 Hamilton Street (former WSSC Building). The presentation is attached to this Forum. 

The application will go through the City's Development Review Process, detailed below. You are invited to provide public comment at any public meeting, within this Forum, or by email to cityclerk@hyattsville.org.

Questions should be directed to the City Planner, Katie Gerbes, at kgerbes@hyattsville.org or (301) 985-5059 OR to Werrlein Properties at info@werrleinproperties.com

 

Presentation of Proposal

February 5, 2018, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers

Presentation of Proposal

February 27, 2018, Planning Committee Meeting, 2nd Floor Prangley Room

Discussion of Proposal

April 16, 2018, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers 

Discussion of Proposal

May 7, 2018, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers 

Action on Proposal

May 21, 2018, City Council Meeting, 3rd Floor Council Chambers