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 

1 Attachment

Attachment: Document - Magruder Point Development Presentation


The attached document was presented to the Hyattsville City Council on Monday, February 5, 2018. 

    Kathrin Black 3 months ago

    I live directly across from this building and have watched it rot for 20+ years. I fully support the demolition of this building and the Werrlein Properties, LLC proposal.

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    My family has been in business in West Hyattsville for over 50 years. During that time, we have seen the WSSC building sit vacant for years. Every effort at re-using the building was opposed by the community for various reasons. I believe we now have a developer that is bringing a quality design for a project that fits well within the existing community. We are in full support of the Werrlein project, please move forward with this proposal so we do not have to be saddled with this old, vacant building for years to come.

    I’m in favor of the proposal. In the twelve years that my family and I have lived in Hyattsville, I’ve only seen the properties in question devolve. While increasing the housing density will, as others have stated, create new demands on the city’s resources, the city in return will receive an increase in tax revenue as well as the talents and energy of new residents. As it currently stands, Magruder Park is bordered by an enormous, decaying parking lot and a building decades vacant with no sign from its current owner, the Douglass Corporation, of intention to ever preserve or better it. I’d much prefer to see Magruder Park surrounded by homes, be they single family or townhouses. I like the improved design and the emphasis- with the porches and green spaces- on neighborliness, the very thing that appealed to my family when we moved to Hyattsville.

    I’ve personally had such a positive experience with Werrlein Properties and can’t speak highly enough of the entire crew. They did a beautiful renovation of our family home and built the neighboring houses as well, bringing life back to a corner long in disrepair. I really think we as a community are lucky to have an interested, capable builder who cares enough to try and get it right.

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    I agree with Loire and Taylor. This going to cause even worse traffic issues on 40th Place and the historic streets of Hamilton, Gallatin and Farragut. My family also does not like the high density in this tract and demolition of a very historic property.

    Furthermore, individual homeowners in Hyattsville have to jump through hoops in order to get permission for additional lot coverage for home additions on 7500 square foot lots, but a developer can almost entirely cover these lots with townhomes and other homes that all look similar? It doesn't make sense and does not promote smart growth.

    If such high density is what the community wants (though I don't), then infrastructure needs to be in place to support it, such as increased bus service to the metro station, making 40th Place a one way street and more police enforcing stop sign running and other traffic issues, a bigger elementary school, etc.

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    I do not support this density level of development in a flood plain. O-S zoning is in place for a reason. This does not seem like wise development that will benefit Hyattsville in the long run for a multitude of reasons, this includes traffic, impact to Magruder Park, impact to already overtaxed public schools and the inexperience of the developer on this scale of a project. I hope that the WSSC site can be developed with a little more thought on how it impacts the community.

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    Taylor Johnson 3 months ago

    I like the different styles of homes. I like the "greens" in front of the row homes. Where is the common space for the detached homes to entice neighbours to mix and mingle outdoors? Why can't the main portion of the WSSC building be kept and turned into condos? What about the additional traffic caused by so many news residences? There is basically only one way in and out--Hamilton Street. Seems like a heavy burden to place on a road already heavily traveled. Taylor Johnson, Oglethorpe St