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Hyattsville Route 1 Parking Delayed

Hyattsville waiting on signs from State Highway Administration before parking plans can be implemented.

June has come and gone, and yet no new parking meters have sprouted along Hyattsville's downtown Route 1. Hyattsville officials now say that they are expecting the meters to be in by the end of August, but on street parking could come much sooner than that.

Back in March, the Hyattsville's Director of Community and Economic Development Jim Chandler

Coordination efforts between State Highway Administration and city officials has been slower than anticipated. 

"SHA owes the City more signs to complete the process of identifying the areas where parking is now permitted during non-peak hours," said Communications Manager and Actig Director of Hyattsville's Recreation and Arts Department Abby Sandel in an email. "At this point, the City estimates we will have meters installed in early August, but parking will be possible as soon as SHA is able to get signage in place."

There will be no parking on Route 1 between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. 

The new on street parking will provide 61 extra parking spaces in downtown Hyattsville, but will also reduce the number of travel lanes during parking hours from four to two.

Danny July 18, 2012 at 06:12 PM
OK, so you hate hyattsville. that's cool. i myself am not a huge fan of, say, dale city, and i don't live, work, shop, or otherwise spend time there. how about not spending any time in hyattsville? (although when you draw parallels between hyattsville and columbia, i imagine you don't know all that much about either place.) why would you choose to waste your time commenting on hyattsville-related matters? it's obvious you're ignorant of how municipal government works and are unable to back up your opinions with anything other than "hyattsville sucks, and you're an idiot," so your comments aren't actually advancing the dialogue. like a spoiled child, you're simply calling attention to yourself until the moderator inevitably chastises and/or blocks you, fueling your desire for attention. feel free not to reply if you don't think i'm worthy of talking to you.
Danny July 18, 2012 at 06:28 PM
@HyattsvilleCouldBeBetter -- don't mind "bigdan." he's just pulling the whole "XXX is a horrible idea because it doesn't appeal to me personally" argument. you know, "EYA's an eyesore because i personally don't want to buy a house there." or, "whole foods will fail because i personally can't afford to, or just plain don't want to, shop there." or, "that dominican hair salon is ruining our community because i don't speak spanish."
HyattsvilleCouldBeBetter July 18, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Well, in BigDan's defense, in addition to providing a counter argument to stimulate conversation, he stated, "I have nothing against the folks who shop or work there. I have a problem with the politicians of this city ignoring the rest of the town." Implying that his real qualm was the lack of development in West Hyattsville, and the cities focus on "downtown" Hyattsville. There was a map of all of the cities infrastructure enhancements approved this year, and almost all of them were over on route 1 and Hamilton st. That area used to be the downtown when there was a Marc station that is now nothing more than a pile of rubble. I would say that the new downtown is clearly UTC. The counsel voted against the Landy properties proposal to build a pair of 16 story tall buildings there. Despite the university towers building being even taller and despite the fact that the newly proposed and approved structure is lower than the zoning minimum which is 6 stories. Why would the city only want one tall building? Why not promote a collection of tall buildings. The remaining closed off parking lots in UTC are a saddening waste of space too.
Danny July 18, 2012 at 06:52 PM
@HyattsvilleCouldBeBetter -- um, i am replying to a comment where he wrote, "Hyattsville is a crap city with crappy residents" and "realize how shitty this city and the people in this town are." sorry, but i fail to see this as defensible.
HyattsvilleCouldBeBetter July 18, 2012 at 07:06 PM
lol. Yeah. I have this cute little guinea pig at home, and sometimes he starts running around jumping and knocking things over. It seems kind of scary, like he's having a violent rage fit, but when I looked online I discovered it meant that he was happy. Sometimes animals are just weird.

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