Timeline of Art Works & Marché Florist building

October 8, 2014

An artistʼs rendering of the exterior of the proposed Art Works renovation project at 4800 Rhode Island Avenue. Photo courtesy Art Works.

BY REBECCA BENNETT — 2004 – Marché Florist building added as a contributing resource in the Hyattsville National Register Historic District, marking that it may be significant in local history, architecture, archaeology, or culture.

Foreclosure – Marché Florist building ends up in foreclosure, only owner would have been notified of potential historic resource consideration.

2010 – Prince George’s County added the Marché Florist building as a historic resource to its list of Approved Historic Sites and Districts Plan.

December 2012 – White Angelica LLC buys the Marché Florist building, hoping to lease it to Art Works and Pizzeria Paradiso.  This partnership is here referred to as “Art Works.”

ALSO: Art Works appeal to be heard October 20

July 2013 – Informal meeting with Barbara Johnson from Art Works, Ruth Gresser from Pizzeria Paradiso, the City of Hyattsville, Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, permit review staff, and historic preservation staff.

August 2013 – Barbara Johnson, director of Art Works, has two phone calls with historic preservation staff.

October 17, 2013 – A building permit was filed for Marché Florist building.  Per Section 29-118 of the Prince George’s County Code (PGCC), the permit triggered a review of the building’s classification as a historic site, because it was a historic resource as part of a designated historic district.

November 10, 2013 – Art Works, at the request of historic preservation staff, submits a request for historic site evaluation.

December 17, 2013 – Art Works appears in front of HPC for a hearing on whether or not the building should be considered a historic site. HPC votes 8-0-1 to designate it a historic site. According to Section 29-119, any person of record has 30 days to appeal the HPC classification decision to the District Council.

December 23, 2014 – HPC issues written decision

January 7, 2014 – Art Works appeals HPC classification decision

February 4, 2014 – Art Works meets with HPC for a concept review.

April 15, 2014 – Art Works has a meeting with Zoning Hearing Examiner, because of the appeal of historic site classification.  That same day, Art Works asks HPC to approve building materials or lose $90,000 from a  Community Block Grant.

May 2, 2014 – Deadline to turn in receipts or lose a Community Block Grant

August 27, 2014 – The Zoning Hearing Examiner (ZHE) issues recommendation prior to District Council hearing.  According to Section 29-119 of the PGCC,  any person of record can appeal the recommendation of the ZHE within 15 days to the District Council.

October 20, 2014 – Art Works appeal to be heard by the District Council.

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