September 22, 2005 Planning Board Agenda:
DSP-05024 THE BRICK YARD
Council District: 01 Municipality: None.
Located on Cedarhurst Drive northwest of its intersection with Muirkirk Road. (PA 62)
I-2 Zone (36.3 acres) (6/21/05)
Jackson-Shaw Company, Applicant
Request: 478,330 Square Feet of Office/Warehouse Space in Six Buildings.
70-day limit has been waived.
APPROVAL of Request for Continuance (ESTES)
Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission
Development Activity Monitory System
Monthly Report of Urban Design Activity - JUNE 2005
TITLE: THE BRICK YARD - SOUTH SECTION, CONSTRUCTION OF FLEX INDUSTRIAL PARK
DATE ACCEPTED: 6/21/2005
PLANNING AREA: 62
LOCATED ON: ON CEDARHUST N.W. OF IT'S INTERSECTION WITH MUIRKIRK ROAD
ELECTION DISTRICT: 10
APPLICANT: JACKSON SHAW COMPANY
STREET ADDRESS: 7100 MUIRKIRK ROAD
AGENT: BEN DYER ASSOCIATES, INC.
OWNER(S): CHEROKEE MARYLAND PROPERTIES
TAX MAP & GRID: 009 F-4
200 SHEET: 216NE06
Report name: dams20.rpt
Letter to Laurel Leader Editor from District 1 County Councilman, Tom Dernoga, Sep 15, 2005
The Prince George's County Public Schools staff just proposed deferring the proposed Laurel-Beltsville Elementary School in favor of other projects.
This recommendation is not in the CEO's Capital Improvement Program released for public discussion. Instead, the deferral was raised in a committee work session outside the general public view.
When is the public to be informed? After the hearing process is over?
I suggest that citizens concerned with school overcrowding in the Laurel-Beltsville area attend the Board of Education's next (and last) CIP hearing next Monday night [Sep 10, 2005] at 7 p.m. at the Sasccer Building in Upper Marlboro. You have to call in advance to sign up to speak (301-952 -6308).
That broken beacon not only failed to protect our children crossing Muirkirk Raceway, it also failed to protect our crossing guard, Ms. Lou, who was struck by a car in the crosswalk and hospitalized last January - she has been able to return to work only after months of recovery and physical therapy. Laurel Gazette article
That beacon has required maintenance many times during each and every shool year since it was installed several years ago at the request of the Montpelier Hills Homeowners Association. Either it doesn't flash during the designated crossing-guard times or it doesn't flash at all. It was checked by a P.G. Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) crew at the end of last school year -- so it should have worked properly on this first day of school. It didn't.
The other safety beacon just east of the school has never had any problems since it was installed at the same time -- something is wrong with the west-end beacon. Either it is defective and should be replaced or its solar panels are not powering the batteries properly. The solar panels are blocked by adjacent trees and not oriented toward open sky due south for maximum exposure to the sun.
After our crossing guard was struck, the totally ineffective response agreed to between DPW&T's and the County School system was to add a few no parking and no U-turn signs in front of the school.
It is time to bring highway and cross-walk safety at Montpelier Elementary up to exactly the same safety standards as at nearby Deerfield Elementary school - before a child is killed -- not after.
- We need two new speed limit signs closer to both ends of the school zone with FINES DOUBLED (just like Deerfield ES).
- The speed limit near all P.G. County Schools should be 25 miles/hour (as it is in Montgomery County) (just like Deerfield ES is trying to do with their informal 25 mile signs)
- We need a cross-guard controlled red light to bring traffic to a definite stop when children are crossing Muirkirk with a crossing-guard (just like Deerfield ES).
As a Montpelier Hills resident, I will again raise these chronic safety problems with the school and the county -- residents and parents who wish to add their voices please add your comments to this posting and also contact me directly at