Economic Development Update

From our 2016 Year-in-Review Newsletter:

Mall at Prince Georges $25 mil. Renovation Underway

The owner of the Mall at Prince Georges in Hyattsville is planning a $25 million overhaul and a range of new retail, restaurant and entertainment tenants. The newest tenants include 20,000 sf H&M (now open), 16,000 sf DSW and 11,000 sf Ulta Beauty. As described on an April 2016 Business Journals article: “The major renovation work at the mall will begin next year, including interiors and a new facade. Renderings show a facade that mixes materials from stone to natural wood.” Read the full article here and check out the latest Hyattsville Life & Times coverage here.

Riverfront @ West Hyattsville Metro Development

Hogan Companies and Gilbane Development are redeveloping a 25.3 acre parcel just north of the West Hyattsville Metro Station. They recently filed a detailed site plan for infrastructure, and are now revising plans following community meetings. For a brief recap, read an October 2016 article from The Sentinel. Stay tuned for the latest updates on Hyattsville.org.

Coffee Crawls

HCDC met with local business owners last November to host a bi-monthly setting where business owners can build relationships, hold in-depth discussions and hear presentations on issues affecting the business community. Read a short wrap-up of December’s Crawl at Shortcake Bakery here.

Craving more info? We’re not the only ones! The week of Dec. 10-17 local Gateway Arts District businesses participated in a new sales event, “Highlight Hyattsville for the Holidays.” Each day a participating business held an arts-centric event pairing art. Kudos to Green Owl Design, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Tanglewood Works, Pyramid Atlantic, Three Little Birds, Franklin’s, and Arrow Bicycle for a well-organized promotion.

Our next Crawl will be held on Friday, 3/24/17 8:30a-10:30a at Vigilante Coffee, located at 4327 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781. Parking is around-the-corner at metered Lots 1 or 4.

Greenbelt IMPACT Project

HyCDC provided the City of Greenbelt with a web-based Business Toolkit platform to make the Greenbelt website easier to navigate for shopping, identifying investment opportunities, and business development. The Toolkit included relevant guides, updated brochures, a business database, commercial property inventory, and a business locator device.

The IMPACT Project also provided an economic development assessment and preliminary strategic recommendations predicated on a comprehensive review of local municipal and county-based economic development programming. The final report is pending.

Read a brief summary of the CDC’s work in the Greenbelt News Review here.

Community Members’ Corner

Prince George’s Plaza TDDP

This past July saw the approved adoption of the Prince George’s Plaza Transit District Development Plan (TDDP). Beginning in March 2014, M-NCPPC has worked with community stakeholders to seek community feedback and insight, via community meeting charettes and interviews. Browse an online copy of the plan here, and bookmark the TDDP website for further updates.

Speak Up Hyattsville

Last September, City of Hyattsville staff led two series of community planning workshops geared to inform and provide feedback on the City’s Community Sustainability Plan update. Head to SpeakUpHVL.com to give your feedback and ideas for ongoing projects, topical discussions, and citizen-generated ideas.

Construction Management

Sis’s Tavern 4516 41st Ave

Work continues on the restoration of the historic Sis’ Tavern/Baby Dee’s in North Brentwood. The CDC recently received an award for a $50,000 grant by the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) through the African American Heritage Preservation Program. These grant funds will be used for interior renovations and rehabilitation of Sis’s Tavern, a former music venue with a rich past in the Town of North Brentwood. Read more about the project online on HyCDC.org.

4314 Farragut St

CDC staff continues work rehabilitating the building, including newly replaced porch windows. Passersby may have also noticed Comcast’s addition to its auxiliary building, as well as a new black iron fence along the property perimeter.

Meanwhile, CDC staff has also been working with artist Alan Binstock and area school volunteers to transform the out-of-use satellite dish on the property into a sculptural artwork called “FutureView.” Keep your antennas tuned—we’ll update you this Spring when progress on the dish resumes.

Help Us Take-Off! Please consider donating a small contribution to “FutureView” this winter. Your contribution will fund the cost of materials (and our spacesuits).

Thank you to the Office of District 2 Councilmember Deni Taveras for their support.

 

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