Council Candidates Launch Websites

While we were compiling the results of the candidates survey we circulated for the January 16 Special Election, we noticed two District 4 candidates have created campaign websites. Russell Scarato’s website features a platform statement as well as a link to a video message to voters on Google Video. The other candidate to launch a website is Nick Aragon, who has launched a website with a variety of information for voters.

If anyone knows of another candidate with a website, please post a link below. Also, we will post the responses to the questionnaire tomorrow.

> Russell Scarato campaign website
> Nick Aragon campaign website

Looking Back and Looking Forward

What follows is a comprehensive display of planned and approved projects for College Park with Architectural renderings. The only one of these projects that isn’t absolutely certain to proceed is the Hilton Hotel project (our judgment). There are several other projects not included here (since they don’t have renderings) but are also in the pipeline. We’d recommend consulting College Park’s most recent Economic Development Update for more info on these. Click the images to enlarge.

Click the bolded names of projects to learn the details.

The following four projects are set for eventual (several very soon) construction in order and almost continuously along the west side of Route 1 just north of the University’s North Gate.

North Gate Park

5-acre park, pedestrian bridge on a central but now vacant lot


Hilton Hotel

10-Story, 300 Rooms, conference space, 1-2 restaurants


University View Overlook (Office building in front of existing University View)

Specifications undecided

Preliminary rendering of the View complex

North Gate Condominium Project

17-Story, 204 Condos, Retail

The following two projects are set for immeadiate and eventual construction (respectively):

Jefferson Square

5-Story, 160 Condos, 45 Townhomes, Retail

Location: here


Mosaic at Turtle Creek

8-Story, 300 Condos

Location: Behind Hillel


Special Election Candidate Questionnaire

On January 16th, the city of College Park will be holding a special election to fill two vacancies on the City Council. A description of the two districts where the election will be held is to the right in red, and the city has posted some information about the election including a link to the absentee ballot application. Any registered voter who will be “unavoidably absent” from College Park on election day can request an absentee ballot at least 7 days before the election, so the deadline is January 9th. Although it is too late to register to vote for this election, we suggest confirming your district and registration status before election day.

In order to learn more about the candidates and their views about the city’s development, we will be conducting a candidate survey. We will post the results from the survey to the site this Friday, January 5th. The final list of candidates are as follows:

District 3:
Stephanie Stullich
Robert Massey
Jutta Hagner

District 4:
Mary Cook
Nick Aragon
Linda Lynch
Rosario (Russell) Scarato

We have contacted all the candidates and all but one have either completed our candidate questionnaire or promised to send it before the deadline. Click “read more” to read the questions we have circulated.

Continue reading Special Election Candidate Questionnaire