Friday, April 12, 2013
$75 restaurant gift certificate up for grabs in renaming contest.
The Hyattsville Community Development corporation is seeking the public's help in naming a stone Farragut Street house which will soon become its headquarters. "A fresh start and identity for this old stony bungalow definitely calls for a new name," reads an announcement from the Hyattsville CDC sent out last week. "Before we began work, one neighbor's daughter said about the building, 'That house is crumbling like the Roman Empire.'" The two-story house, which has sat abandoned for years, once was the headquarters for Storer Cable, one of the first cable broadcast companies to operate in Prince George's County. When renovations are complete, the building will house the Hyattsville CDC, the Creative Edge Studio of Prince George's County …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The town could see new artwork go up in public spaces later this year, with Beale Circle as a possible first location.
Riverdale Park residents may see more murals, sculptures, and paintings around the neighborhood soon following the town's approval of a public art initiative. The project—a joint venture between Riverdale Park Town Council, the Riverdale Park Arts Council, and the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation—aims to place art installations at three to five locations around town, with further expansion possible in the future. Councilman Jonathan Ebbeler (Ward 1) praised the measure, which passed the town council on March 4. “As the town of Riverdale Park continues to grow and evolve we need to define who we are and how we fit in with out surrounding municipalities,” Ebbeler said in an email. “Through this and other efforts we are trying …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
14 page pamphlet from the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation hopes to orient newcomers to the city.
New to town and looking to get to know Hyattsville? Then you might want to check out the new welcome guide for new residents published by the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation. The 14 page guide can be downloaded as a PDF from the Hyattsville CDC website. The guide contains information about the city's neighborhoods, city history, local transit resources, shopping options and government contacts.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Program looks to transform 20 properties within Gateway Arts District into large, public works of art.
The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation is looking to transform 20 properties within the Gateway Arts District into large, public works of art. But they need property owners to come forward with artistic visions for their properties. Dubbed the Street Art Initiative, the program already has 15 area muralists signed up and awaiting their assignments. A Dropbox gallery shows off the previous work of the selected artists and provides an artists statement for each one. Interested property owners can apply online with this form or can apply via snail mail by printing, completing and mailing this PDF application form. The goal of the program is to pair muralists with a total of 20 property owners, five in each of the four …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Farragut Street house eyed for new offices of community development group.
A deteriorating building which was once the home of one of the earliest cable television services in Prince George's County could get a facelift if grants for renovations are approved. The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation is asking the Hyattsville City Council for a letter supporting a Community Impact Grant request before the Prince George's County Redevelopment Authority to restore the Comcast Building at 4314 Farragut Street. The plan is to turn the crumbling building into the new offices of the Hyattsville CDC, which currently occupies a space at 4312 Hamilton Street. The building is familiar to anyone who frequents Farragut Street. The property enclosed by a barb wire fence, the house is clad in stone, which is …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Hyattsville officials are trying to figure out what, specifically, they want to do with the Arcade building.
With roughly $1.6 million in work already done, final design work on the city's redevelopment of the Arcade Building on Gallatin Street has been put on pause while the Hyattsville City Council tries to figure out what exactly they want to do with the building. Located in downtown Hyattsville at 4318 Gallatin Street, the Arcade Building has been the subject of six years of ongoing renovations to shore it up for the city to do something with. The work done so far on the building, begun in 2006, has been largely structural. Roofing was replaced, the structure stabilized, the interior gutted, and the Gallatin Street facade was redone with new windows and handicap accessible entrances. Now all that work is done, and designers need more …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Film and digital media professionals sought to produce buzz-worthy video content for arts district.
The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation is looking for local filmmakers to produce a series of videos promoting the Prince George's County Gateway Arts and Entertainment District. The videos are intended to create a buzz for the district, according to a request for qualifications issued by the Hyattsville CDC earlier this week. "This request for qualifications is ongoing, on a per opportunity basis, and selected applicants will be contacted to work with the CDC on a prospective timeline, production details, and fee structure," reads a the request. Any film or video production artist or over the age of 18 is encouraged to send along their qualifications, with a preference for those who live and work in the Gateway Arts District. …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Hyattsville Community Development Corporation announces Street Art Initiative for Gateway Arts District.
The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation is looking for muralists to help transform up to 20 Route 1 building exteriors into artistic canvasses to showcase the Gateway Arts District. "For years, residents and local business owners along this stretch of the Route One Corridor have endured blighted buildings, unattractive exteriors that really constitute unrealized hotspots for creativity.," reads a press release from the Hyattsville CDC announcing the mural program. The new program, dubbed the Street Art Initiative, is designed to create a visual gateway for the Prince George's County Gateway Arts and Entertainment District which runs along Route 1 between Mount Rainier and Hyattsville. This winter, the Hyattsville CDC will be …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Revisions to Wikipedia pages for Hyattsville, Mount Rainier and Brentwood made last month.
Hyattsville, Mount Rainier and Brentwood's Wikipedia pages got a facelift last month. The pages recently underwent a series of edits performed by an employee the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, though not as part of official duties. Justin Fair, economic development coordinator and web content manager for the Hyattsville CDC, editing under the handle CrazyArtsyGuy, spent two days in early July making a flurry of revisions to the Wikipedia pages for the three towns. The Hyattsville CDC is a nonprofit organization which tries to foster economic development in the city. Fair said that the edits were done in his free time. "A lot of people look at Wikipedia for some things, and we wanted to make sure that there's a …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
New resource for local foodies launches.
Hyattsville foodies have a new resource to turn to when in search of a tasty morsel. Yesterday, the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation launched the Hyattsville Dining Guide. It's a new website which highlights the more than 60 restaurants which call Hyattsville home. The site is split into three sections, one for each of the commercial hubs within Hyattsville; Baltimore Avenue, West Hyattsville and Magruder Park corridor and the Prince George's Plaza area. Each listing on the website contains basic information (address, phone number and such), as well as links to the establishment's Patch directory, Yelp page and restaurant website. There's also a printable PDF version which might go nicely on the refrigerator as a reference …