Friday, September 28, 2012
Council approves motion to amend charter to clear way for bargaining.
Collective bargaining rights could soon be a reality for officers in the Laurel Police Department. Earlier this week, the mayor and City Council passed a motion to amend the city’s charter to allow for collective bargaining, reports The Gazette. Sign up for the Laurel Patch newsletter here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates and community conversations. The change wouldn’t take effect until Nov. 13, according to the clerk to the City Council. City officials also would need to adopt a labor code for the work terms of the collective bargaining.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
City officials continue to iron out plan for transportation hub.
The City of Laurel is continuing to fine-tune a conceptual plan that will turn the former Laurel Mall site into the Town Centre at Laurel, complete with a regional transit hub located somewhere on the property. During last night’s Council meeting, a second public hearing on the developer's site plan was held and Council members pressed for more discussion on where the transit hob would be placed. Sign up for the Laurel Patch newsletter here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates and community conversations. The plan submitted by the developer calls for the Central Maryland Regional Transit bus hub to remain toward the rear of the property along Fourth Street. But Council members have debated as to where, if at all…
Monday, September 24, 2012
Council meets tonight at 7 p.m.
Laurel residents wanting to voice their concerns about the pending Laurel Mall revamp will get a second chance tonight during a public hearing on the site plan. Laurel Council members will meet at 7 p.m. in the Laurel Municipal Center for their monthly meeting. On the agenda is discussion of the site plan for the new Town Centre at Laurel. Also up for discussion is a plan to balance the population of the city’s wards as part of a U.S. Census review. During a recent work session, Council members were still fine-tuning plans for the mall redevelopment, including transportation and traffic concerns along Fourth Street. A final vote may be looming for recommendations for the city’s Census Ward Boundary Citizen Review Committee, which is …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
City annexed plot of land owned by Presbyterian church.
The City of Laurel is about to get four acres larger. This week City Council members approved the annexation of 4.3 acres owned by Oaklands Presbyterian Church near the intersection of Cherry Lane and Route 197. Sign up for the Laurel Patch newsletter here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates and community conversations. The annexation would allow the church to reclassify a land zoning designation for a small patch of wooded area adjacent to the church. Earlier this summer, residents from Patuxent Glen, a roughly 132 single-family home community that abuts the church property, urged the Council to slow down on the zoning, fearing it would allow the property to be developed and disrupt their neighborhood. The …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Developers introduce conceptual plans to Town Centre at Laurel to city council.
Conceptual plans to transform Laurel Mall into the Town Centre at Laurel have officially been introduced to the Laurel Council. Developers for the project presented renderings of what the project will look like once completed in 2012 to the council, during a meeting Monday night. Sign up for the Laurel Patch newsletter here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates and community conversations. The new site will be smaller than Laurel Mall with about 400,000 square-feet of retail, as well as 435 residential units that are will sit near the intersection of Fourth Street and Cherry Lane Road. The Centre will be anchored by a 12-screen movie theatre, a grocery store and Burlington Coat Factory. The site will also include …
Monday, September 10, 2012
City Council is back and session with a busy slate tonight.
Introduction of a conceptual plan for the Town Centre at Laurel and possible vote on a controversial annexation tops tonight’s agenda for the Laurel Council. Back in session after a summer break, the Council will be introducing an application for the conceptual revitalization plan for the former Laurel Mall, now to be called the Town Centre at Laurel. Sign up for the Laurel Patch newsletter here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates and community conversations. Last week, during a work session meeting, Council members were still fine-tuning plans for the redevelopment including transportation and traffic concerns along Fourth Street. The Council could also vote tonight on a debated plan to annex more than four …
Residents expected to testify to council regarding Laurel Police Department.
Laurel residents and the NAACP chapter of Prince George's County are expected to hold a news conference today at the Laurel Municipal Center at 6 p.m. followed by testimony from residents during a city council meeting regarding recent allegations of excessive force by the Laurel Police Department. Click here to read more. Related Stories Excessive Force Lawsuit Filed Against The City NAACP Calls For Removal of Laurel Police Officer
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Council spars over traffic and transportation over future development
The Laurel Council is set to review what could be some of the final plans for the pending Town Center at Laurel. The project, which broke ground last month, is at the site of the former Laurel Mall and city officials are still ironing out plans with the developer. During a Wednesday night work session, council members discussed concerns they had about parking, traffic, and transportation at the development. A conceptual site plan submitted by the developer calls for the Central Maryland Regional Transit bus hub to remain toward the rear of the property along Fourth Street. Sign up for the Laurel Patch newsletter here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates and community conversations. But the mayor and council …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Laurel Council will meet tonight for a work session meeting.
A revitalization plan for Laurel Mall and possible boundary changes to city wards top items on the agenda for tonight’s Laurel Council work session meeting. The mayor and the City Council will meet at 7 p.m. at the Laurel Municipal Center to mull ordinances that include a revitalization application for the Town Center at Laurel, currently the site of Laurel Mall. Development on the site officially broke ground last month and the city is still fine-tuning plans with the site’s developer, which hopes to have the project complete by 2014. Council members also will discuss recommendations for the city’s Census Ward Boundary Citizen Review Committee, which is dividing the population in the city’s two voting wards as required by law. Sign up for…
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Laurel set to expand along Van Dusen Road
The Laurel City Council has approved a resolution to annex additional land south along Van Dusen Road. During last night’s Council meeting, officials unanimously approved the annexation of 70 acres of property along Van Duson Road south of Contee Road. The annexation would bring the city to the doorstep of Konterra, a 2,200-acre mixed-use development located in an unincorporated area. The State Highway Administration and Strittmatter Land LLC, a construction and gravel mining company, currently own parcels of the land. City officials have said the move would be valuable for the city because the property has the advantages of being close to Konterra, I-95, and could possibly be developed for residential uses in the future. City officials …