Thursday, January 17, 2013
What do you want to see inside one of Hyattsville's most iconic buildings?
This one's for the comment section, Hyattsville. What do want to see inside the TESST building now that it's been bought by Streetsense? The Bethesda-based real estate development company is known in Hyattsville for its work developing and marketing the retail spaces at EYA Arts District Hyattsville commercial center which now houses Busboys and Poets, Spice 6, Chipolte and Big Bad Woof, among others. So, before we begin the discussion, here's a quick fact sheet about the property. Address Marc Ratner, CEO of Streetsense, told Patch that he thought the TESST building was ideally suited to retail and offices, but he was open to any serious offers to rent the space. What do you think should go inside the TESST building?
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Construction could begin on 61 new homes on the east side of the Hyattsville Arts District as soon as April, say developers.
The Hyattsville City Council overwhelmingly approved a measure supporting a developers request before the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission to redesign the exteriors of 61 houses planned for the east side of the Hyattsville Arts District. Aakash Thakkar, senior vice president with developer EYA, said that new revisions to the design guidelines will offer a more modern look to the houses, in part to differentiate them from the houses already built in the Hyattsville Arts District development. The new designs feature more brick on the exteriors than in the units already built during the first phases of the residential build-out in the Arts District. The rooftop decks will also feature metal guardrails, and the windows …
Monday, December 10, 2012
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…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Hamilton Street property owners say city is not offering fair market value for land to build new Arts District parking garage.
The Hyattsville City Council is attempting to use eminent domain to acquire two properties for a proposed parking facility on Hamilton Street to serve the redeveloping Route 1 corridor. Two lawsuits filed on Oct. 22 with the Prince George's County Circuit Court seek to condemn two properties in the 4500 block of Hamilton Street to make way for the new parking facility. Eminent domain allows a government entity broad powers to acquire land for public improvements in exchange for fair market value compensation for the property. The lawsuits were approved by the Hyattsville City Council in September, according to court documents. The properties, across the street from each other, are the site of two auto repair shops, D&E Auto Repair Service…
Saturday, December 1, 2012
City trying to buy two properties on Hamilton Street to transform into future parking facility. To be determined: parking lot or deck needed?
After months of secrecy, Mayor Marc Tartaro revealed details yesterday about where Hyattsville city leaders are looking to build a new parking facility for the city's redeveloping downtown Route 1 corridor. Tartaro said that city officials are currently engaged in "active negotiations" with the owners of two properties in the 4500 block of Hamilton Street to acquire roughly one acre of land upon which could be built a new parking lot or parking garage. Money to buy the land would come from a $2.5 million bond issuance approved by the Hyattsville City Council back in July which was earmarked for parking infrastructure improvements. Citing the ongoing negotiations, Tartaro did not reveal which specific properties the city was eyeing. …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Arts district resident creates death-defying, beautiful works of choreography on the trapeze.
The Hyattsville Wire has a fascinating interview with local high-flying acrobat Andrea Burkholder. Her day job, as one half of the ensemble Arachne Aerial Arts, includes devising and executing beautifully choreographed performances which combines trapeze artistry, gymnastics and ballet. "We do not create work that is about the tricks, as circus work is," Burkholder told the Wire in an email interview. "But we do stay committed to using our apparatus as the means to convey our work." The result is simply mesmerizing (for proof, see video above). Burkholder, a resident of the Hyattsville Arts District, teaches her craft to all skill levels down at Joe's Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier.
Friday, August 3, 2012
If you like art and community service, then the Hyattsville Arts Festival wants you.
A few weeks ago, the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation put out a call for artists and exhibitors for this year's Hyattsville Arts Festvial. Well, it needs volunteers, too. Yesterday, in a message to the Hyattsville Organization for a Positive Environment email list, Economic Development Coordinator Justin Fair put out a call seeking help with planning and event coordination. His full plea read as follows: We're in the planning phase, and would love you to be part of it! We are looking for volunteers to… -Be ambassadors the day of the festival -Help with festival setup and cleanup -Jurying the music of the festival -Working at our childrens' tables -Help with brainstorming ideas and planning August-September Volunteering gets …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Silica gets limelight in new Hyattsville art exhibit.
Artdc's Gallery is host to a series of transparent–or at least translucent–artworks produced by area glass artists. The exhibit, entitled Glass 2012, showcases 10 artists from the Hyattsville-based glass blowing and sculpture studio DC GlassWorks. The full list of artists can be found on Artdc's website. The show was curated by Joseph Corcoran, whose works have been included in a number of regional art exhibitions since he started producing work at DC GlassWorks in 2004. Corcoran is currently an instructor for DC GlassWorks For gallery manager Grayson Heck, glass is a sometimes under appreciated artistic medium. He said the show brings together a diverse group of artists, each doing unique things with glass. "It's the medium itself. …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Despite a lack of meters and scant signage, you can now park on Hyattsville's Route 1 corridor, but city officials are discouraging it for now.
With at least some amount of signage already in place, area residents took to the HOPE listserv over the weekend to wonder if it was now legal to park along Route 1 in downtown Hyattsville. The answer, according to Hyattsville Communications Director Abby Sandel, is a loud and clear "we are in a grey area." "Technically, parking is permitted, but we discourage it," said Sandel in an interview yesterday. Though the city has approved a plan to bring 61 new parking spaces to Baltimore Avenue between Madison and Hamilton streets, the State Highway Administration has yet to deliver all of the necessary signage to clearly define where and when one may park their car along the thoroughfare. "Until the signage is in place, it would be very …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Hyattsville hotspot top spot for economic development, says state development association.
The arts oriented, mixed use development along Hyattsville's downtown Route 1 corridor was recognized recently as 2012's top economic development project in the state by the Maryland Economic Development Association. Laurie Boyer, MDEA president, said that the development was an economic "home run." "Its mixed-use design, green sensibilities and retail offerings are creating an economic renaissance in Hyattsville," said Boyer in a press release. Dubbed the Arts District Hyattsville, the new-urbanist neighborhood was built by Bethesda-based developers EYA beginning back in 2006. Since then, the $213 million, 25-acre retail and residential project has grown to include restaurants, retail shopping and an organic grocery store. When complete…