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Prince George’s County Planning Department Announces Historic Property Grant Program Workshops


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (Aug. 3, 2022)—The Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will host virtual workshops on the Historic Property Grant Program. The County Historic Property Grant Program is designed to preserve, protect and enhance historic properties, encourage others to preserve, protect and enhance historic properties and to promote interest in and the study of historic properties. Grants will be awarded for the rehabilitation, restoration, preservation, or acquisition of historic property. The grant program is administered by the Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission on behalf of the Prince George’s County Planning Board. 

Monday, Aug. 29
2–3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 6
9:30–11 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 15
6–7:30 p.m. 

Saturday, Sept. 24
9:30–11 a.m.


M-NCPPC Historic Preservation Section staff will guide workshop attendees through the application process and instructions for the Historic Property Grant Program, explain the requirements for the preservation easement, and give examples of successful projects.

All workshops are free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To register, please use the webform at the following link: Instructions on how to attend the virtual workshop will be sent to you via email after registration. Registration should be completed at least one business day before the start time of the workshop of your choice to ensure that you will have access.

For information about the Historic Property Grant Program, visit

The Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is responsible for preserving, protecting, and managing the county’s resources through high-quality planning services and growth management guidance. Visit our website, to learn how you can become engaged in shaping the future of your community.





Aster, New Mixed-Use Residential Community in the Heart of College Park,

Is Now Leasing for August 2022 Move-Ins

393-Unit Residential Offering Brings Elevated Living to College Park Community Along with Curated Retail Including Trader Joe’s, Crunch Fitness, Roots Natural Kitchen and Bandit Taco


Aster College Park

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Aug. 1, 2022)—Today, Bozzuto, along with partners Terrapin Development Company and Willard Retail, announced leasing for Aster, an elevated, mixed-use residential community in College Park, offering move-ins starting in August 2022. The 393 unit, two-building complex connected by an amenitized, glass-walled skybridge, will deliver an ambitious 61,000-square-foot ground floor retail environment paired with abundant green spaces.

“We are incredibly grateful to be developing and building such an extraordinary new community in our own backyard,” said Toby Bozzuto, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bozzuto. “Together with our partners, it is our hope that we can continue to add to the vibrancy of College Park.”

Located at 7150 Baltimore Ave, less than a mile from the University of Maryland’s campus and the College Park Metro Station, the community’s curated retail offerings will be anchored by a 14,662-square-foot Trader Joe’s location and a Crunch Fitness location. Additional on-site retail options will include Roots Natural Kitchen, Bandit Taco, The Joint Chiropractic, Inspire Nail and All Care, paired with ample outdoor dining and gathering space.

“We are proud to see Aster emerging as a key milestone in the reimagining of Downtown College Park. Bozzuto Development and Willard Retail have been incredible partners in moving our shared vision of serving the greater College Park community with essential retail offerings and gathering spaces forward,” said Ken Ulman, President, Terrapin Development Company.

Aster’s modern residences and more than 16,000 square feet of amenity offerings provide a thoughtfully designed living experience focused on connectivity and wellness. The project's iconic skybridge offers light-filled and high-tech individual and coworking lounges which flow into a collection of social and wellness spaces that culminate in a stunning outdoor pool set within a landscaped courtyard with terraced gardens and grill areas. A curated artwork program featuring a collection of pieces by regionally local artists underscores the property’s biophilic design characterized by natural materials, botanical art and greenery throughout the property.

Aster redefines apartment living in College Park with artfully-designed residences offering light-filled spaces, graciously proportioned rooms and elevated finishes. Each residence, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, features expansive, open floor plans allowing for the perfect space to live, work and entertain. Elevated finishes and features include two unique color finish packages, sustainable wood flooring and chef-inspired kitchens outfitted with state-of-the-art GE appliances, quartz countertops, tile backsplashes, custom islands and contemporary light wood tone cabinetry, as well as expansive balconies in select units.

Aster is now leasing with move-ins slated for August 2022. For more information on Aster, please visit and follow on Instagram and Facebook @astercollegepark.


Terrapin Development Company (TDC) is a joint venture real estate and economic development entity created by the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Maryland College Park Foundation. TDC’s mission is to create long term value for its members while transforming Greater College Park into a vibrant, diverse and walkable community that attracts the best faculty, staff and students, and galvanizes a culture of research and entrepreneurship.


Willard Retail is a retail real estate development, consulting and investment management firm based in Bethesda, MD.  Founded in 2015 by partners of JBGR Retail, Willard Retail delivers a depth of free-standing and mixed-use retail development experience with creativity and fresh thinking. The company’s focus is on urban and suburban in-fill investments within the Mid-Atlantic that involve great retail.


Bozzuto is an experience-focused real estate company distinguished by their innovative developments, dedicated customer service, and top-rated workplace culture. With award-winning expertise in homebuilding, multifamily development, construction, and management, Bozzuto is devoted to delivering extraordinary experiences for those they serve.




Governor Hogan Declares August as Immunization Awareness Month, Encourages Marylanders to Remain COVIDReady
State Has Administered Nearly 12.7 Million COVID-19 Vaccines
State Health Officials Encourage Families to Update Vaccines and Boosters During

Back-to-School Appointments

Office of the Governor

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Aug. 1, 2022)—Governor Larry Hogan today declared August as Immunization Awareness Month in the State of Maryland, encouraging Marylanders to stay COVIDReady by staying up to date on vaccines and boosters—especially as back-to-school season begins.

“The dominant BA.5 subvariant is a reminder of how important it is for Marylanders to stay up to date on vaccines and boosters, as well as routine immunizations,” said Governor Hogan. “Through our COVIDReady Maryland plan, we will continue to maximize all of the available tools and treatments for preventing severe illness, and maintaining a state of readiness so that we are prepared to respond to emerging waves and variants.”

Through the COVIDReady Maryland plan, the state continues to maintain a robust vaccination infrastructure of hundreds of providers. With all the evolving guidance coming from the federal government, state health officials have launched a new “Are You Up-To-Date?” portal that will allow you to check your vaccination status within seconds. Find a vaccination clinic near you, or call 1-855-MD-GOVAX.

In addition, state health officials continue to stress the importance of making sure children receive their recommended immunizations against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Families can view official vaccination records online at, a secure portal where users can access official copies of their records and those of their family members. Back-to-school immunization guidance is available here:


“We encourage all families to get the COVID-19 vaccine or booster during their routine immunizations, an important step in keeping Maryland children strong, healthy, and COVIDReady,” said Dr. Jinlene Chan, Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services at the Maryland Department of Health. “Protect your children and your neighbors by contacting your local healthcare provider, the school nurse, or your local health department to ensure all your child’s shots are up to date.”

To date, the state has administered nearly 12.7 million COVID-19 vaccinations, including more than 3.1 million booster shots. More than 95% of Marylanders 12 and older have received a first dose; 88.9% of Marylanders 12–17 years old and 51.4% of Marylanders 5–11 years old have received a first dose. To date, 7.6% of Marylanders under 5 have received a first dose, ranking third in the nation.



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