Berwyn District Civic Association Thursday, March 17, 2017


  1. Agenda Item 1. Roll Call of Officers. The following BDCA officers were present: President Christy Dollymore, 1st Vice President Rose Colby, 2nd Vice President Bob Catlin, Co‐Treasurer and Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Nick Brennan, Co‐Treasurer Chad Stern, Recording Secretary Liesl Koch, Director of Berwyn News Circulation Jim Nealis, and Director Kevin Young.


  2. Agenda Item 2. Treasurer’s Report. Treasurer Nick Brennan made the following financial report:


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    A motion was made, seconded, and passed to accept the treasury report into the record.


  3. Agenda Item 3. Approval of Minutes. A motion was made to accept into the record the minutes from the February 16, 2017, meeting. The motion was seconded, and passed by a show of hands.


  4. Agenda Item 4. President’s Report. President Dollymore reported that the large tree in the park that came down did so just two days after a new backboard had been put in on the tennis court. The backboard was not damaged. The fence around the tennis court that was damaged by the falling tree is scheduled to be replaced.

    President Dollymore went to a meeting last night of all College Park civic association presidents. They want to work more closely together. Berwyn is the most active civic association in the City.

    The entrance to Rhode Island Avenue from Greenbelt Road is going to remain closed. Someone commented that it’s poorly marked right now and difficult to see at night. The current barriers to prevent people from accessing the road at that corner will eventually be replaced with something more attractive.

    BDCA needs a nominating committee for the June election of board members.


  5. Agenda Item 5. Special Guest: Representatives from Chick‐Fil‐A. Dan Lynch, an attorney representing Chick‐ Fil‐A, came to the meeting to present Chick‐Fil‐A’s proposal to build a restaurant on the northeast corner of the Greenbelt Road and Route 1 intersection.

    Chick‐Fil‐A has been looking at sites in College Park for two years. They have filed a stormwater concept plan with Prince George’s County for the site currently in question. They have also come up with “schematics” of the proposed building. They want to know what it will cost for them to be in compliance with stormwater regulations. The building design is for all brick. They’re trying to learn what all the costs will be for developing this site and wanted to get feedback from the community.

    The Route 1 sector plan prohibits drive‐throughs, so Chick‐Fil‐A would have to get an amendment. Mr. Lynch did not know what the hours of operation would be but thought they would close sometime between 10pm and 12am and knew that they definitely wouldn’t be open on Sundays.

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    Terry Schum, College Park’s Director of Planning, stated that the sector plan was first developed in 2002, then updated in 2010. Its purpose was to look at Route 1 and what the City’s vision for it was. The plan does not promote one‐story buildings, fast food restaurants, gas stations, and motels. The first wave of redevelopment was student housing. Ground retail was part of the plan. The sector plan permits commercial buildings but the plan encourages the area south of Delaware Street to be mixed development and walkable. Chick‐Fil‐A’s proposed parking is all in the back and it’s two‐story to meet the new sector plan requirements, but traffic is still a problem. In the sector plan, this area is considered a “character” area and is supposed to be primarily residential. But the applicants haven’t filed yet – they’re just gaging interest at this point. People can register their opposition or support to the plan by e‐mailing her.

    A resident asked Ms. Schum if opening a fast food restaurant there in spite of the sector plan would set an example for others. Ms. Schum replied that that was a possibility.

    John Martinez of Chick‐Fil‐A arrived. Being “active in the community” means the owner‐operator might donate 10 percent of his or her profits one day to a local event. Mr. Martinez was asked if Chick‐Fil‐A had considered opening shop in some of the ground floor retail spaces currently vacant. He replied that they haven’t seen any other site they’re interested in. Chick‐Fil‐A doesn’t ask for any tax breaks. They support schools, Little League teams, churches, and offer employment opportunities to the community. Generally speaking, Chick‐Fil‐A pays more than minimum wage. The restaurant would open at 6:30am and close at 10pm.


  6. Agenda Item 6. Council Member Report. Councilman PJ Brennan reported that Vigilante Coffee is going to open a shop where #1 Liquors currently is.

    The improvements being made at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and Greenbelt Road will make it more walkable and make Branchville and Berwyn less divided.


  7. Agenda Item 7. Prince George’s County Council Member Dannielle Glaros. Aimee Olivo, Chief of Staff for

    1. County Council Member Dannielle Glaros, announced three upcoming events:

      • forum on zoning rewrite, March 30th, 7pm, Parks and Creation Building on Kenilworth Avenue (the last 30 minutes will be a case study for Baltimore Boulevard)

      • STEAM Day – April 9th

      • big town hall meeting – April 26th


The Council’s budget proposal was released today. There are no proposed increases in the property tax. The meeting was adjourned at 8:52 pm.

Meeting attendees (from sign‐up sheet):


Dan Blasberg Nick Brennan PJ Brennan Bob Catlin

Rose Greene Colby Mary Cook

Jason Daniels Monroe Dennis Dave Dille

Christy Dollymore John Dollymore Julie Forker Chris Gordon

Harvey Himmelfarb Diane Jeffries

Joe Keating

Karyn Keating‐Volke Liesl Koch

Maddie Koenig Jane Miller Christine Nagle Jim Nealis Cpl. Nunez Aimee Olivo Harry Pitt

A. Pope

David Redzensky

Terry Schum John Shea Maia Sheppard Chad Stern

Acquenetta Thurston Gina Tomko

Susan Whitney Kevin Young


Liesl Koch, Recording Secretary, BDCA.