They say talk is cheap, but not talk about College Park’s new City Hall. The price of the upcoming project has jumped from $8 million in 2014 to $20 million plus as of last week. In 2014 a desperate push was made to get this project on the books. As I recall, a decision had to be made immediately because $400,000 in state money was to be had, and any delay meant the City would lose the funds. So without doing their due diligence, the then City Council and Mayor Andrew Fellows, voted to situate the new City Hall at the current site despite the testimony of dozens of citizens who asked for consideration of the Stone Straw site in District 2. When it became apparent that the City Council had no intention of considering the 17-acred site, those same citizens threw their support behind the Calvert School location. But again, their voices were squelched, and the City Council voted to locate the new building on the current site.
Councilmember Fazlul Kabir, District 1, is working diligently to make, not only District 1 residents aware of the current spike in costs, but residents throughout the City. Posted on his blog, Kabir Cares, is a comprehensive summary of the climbing expenses. He also includes a presentation created by the architects, Design Collective. http://www.kabircares.org/city-hall-project-cost-rises-by-8-million-in-8-months/
Read CPM’s previous post on the City Hall issue at the following link: https://collegeparkmatters.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/do-we-need-a-new-city-hall-for-12-5-million/
These are your Tax Dollars!! This Tuesday, April 23, let your voices be heard on this increasingly expensive project. The City Council meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Parking passes are available at the window. If you cannot make the meeting, please send an email to: email@example.com by 5 p.m. on Tuesday.