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 

Action on Proposal

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

The WSSC redevelopment is a great opportunity to expand the city's housing stock within walking distance of the Arts District and the historic core (as well as the West Hyattsville Metro Stop). The proposed design thoughtfully compliments existing houses and returns the WSSC site to its historic use -- single family homes.

I know many families who find the historic district attractive and would love to live in this humane and walkable community. Given limited listings, they often struggle to find a property and move elsewhere. This project will allow for a greater number of these families to find a home in Hyattsville. This will help make the community more vibrant and help sustain the Route 1 businesses that make the Arts District such a wonderful place, but sometimes seem to struggle with getting enough business.

If there are crowding issues with the schools, that needs to be addressed by the school board. If it doesn't that is a failure of our local governing institutions and the blame should be pinned there, not on a private development. It is a duty of local government to plan and allow for growth and development. Locking the city into some status quo, isn't really what governing is supposed to be about. There are lots of beautiful historic properties in Hyattsville, but the decaying WSSC is not among them.

I do fully agree with other commentators that the city and county should look into making it easier to renovate and expand existing buildings and houses.

4 Votes Created
Paul Hrusa at April 12, 2018 at 11:26am EDT

Austin Lipari - do you live in Hyattsville or DC? The families that you know who want to move into the Historic District - are they diverse in background, lifestyle, and religion? or are these families from a very specific community looking to enlarge their footprint within Hyattsville? And finally, you have very specific ideas about the roles of government and schools within our community - are these ideas progressive for the 21st century, or are they regressive and more similar to 200-yr old Federalist ideas?

Chris Currie at April 12, 2018 at 2:55pm EDT

Paul, who cares about the answer to any of those questions? If you're against the Werrlein proposal, there are lots of good reasons to provide in your argument, without having to resort to unneighborly prejudices. One of the most precious things about diversity in Hyattsville is our respect for diversity of opinion. I disagree with Austin's position on this development proposal, but that doesn't lead me to consider him as anything less than a good neighbor.

Paul Hrusa at April 12, 2018 at 3:14pm EDT

Chris, thank you for answering my question.