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Landy Property, Benefits Study Before Council

Short agenda belies meeting dense with local policy topics.

The Hyattsville City Council meets tonight for the second meeting of the fall legislative season. 

It's a short agenda tonight, at least on its face. The city council is only taking on four items in public session: 

Landy Property Presentation

A presentation on Phase I of the Landy Property, the development of nearly 34 acres of land on Belcrest Road between Northwestern High School and Toledo Terrace which the Marvin Blumberg Company has been trying to redevelop for . 

The eastern third of the property lies within the city limits. It is here where the 406 bedroom phase 1 of the development would be located.

Nearly five years ago, the project was originally conceived as a seven-phase development of 16-story tall apartment buildings. 

But planners balked at the size of the proposed complex and asked the Marvin Blumberg Company to come back to the drawing board with a more scale-appropriate proposal for the neighborhood. 

. That was followed a few weeks later by the Prince George's County Council's approval of the revised project. 

Now, the agenda for tonight's meeting contains no information about what the substance of this presentation is. For that, you'll have to stay tuned to Patch. 

Senior Services Update

The city council will also be getting a presentation on the city's senior services. We'll have to wait and see what the update actually is. There's no word in the agenda about what to expect with this one, either. 

Proposed Subway Restaurant in Downtown Route 1

The city council will also consider supporting a regional Subway restaurant franchisee's request to amend the Gateway Arts District's development guidelines so that he can construct a new restaurant on the site of a now-vacant former-thrift store near Jefferson Street and Baltimore Avenue. Full details here. 

Council Seeks Proposals for Benefits Study

The city council will also review a request for proposals from contractors to conduct an analysis of the city's salary and benefit structure. 

Salaries and benefits for city employees have been a hot topic for some time now. During the most recent budget deliberations, members of the Hyattsville Fraternal Order of Police demanded that city officials undertake a benefits study, charging that city employees are underpaid when compared with other similarly-sized Maryland municipalities. 

If all goes smoothly with the contractor, the city could have a benefits study completed by January, 2013, according to the RFP. 

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