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Hyattsville Council Tackles EYA Changes, Gardening

Small agenda includes stylistic changes proposed for new EYA townhomes.

The Hyattsville City Council has its second December meeting tonight at 8 p.m. in the Hyattsville Municipal Building on Gallatin Street.

Tonight's agenda includes a presentation from Bethesda-based development company EYA on proposed changes to the exterior style of planned town homes on the east side of the Hyattsville Arts District.

In brief, EYA is asking Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission's urban designers to approve a modified set of architectural guidelines which will be used to build EYA's remaining 61 town home lots which have yet to be developed. 

The new design, according to documents submitted to the Hyattsville City Council, will incorporate larger casement windows, new parapet and cornice detailing and will increase the percentage of brick used as the base material for the exteriors. 

"The proposed architecture will freshen the design of these townhomes, to address the growing demand in the market for well executed, contemporary architecture," reads a memo from EYA to the M-NCPPC and the Hyattsville City Council. 

Renderings of the proposed changes were not included in the agenda packet available to the public, but a map showing where the buildings with the proposed new architectural style was. Check it out in the image gallery in this article. 

Community Garden 

The city council will also be voting to renew the memorandum of understanding with the Hyatt Park Community Garden Association, which manages the city's community garden on Hamilton Street. 

The measure can safely be said to be popular with members of the city council. Last week, the community garden was praised by just about every city council member in attendance. Some even floated the idea of expanding the community garden concept to other neighborhoods in the city.

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