The revitalization of Hyattsville's crowded main strip moved forward last week when the City Council awarded a $20,000 contract to the National Development Council for technical assistance.
The area includes a 3 1/2-block span on U.S. Rte. 1 in Hyattsville and some adjoining streets.
This is the third step in the plan, which has become known as the Main Street Project. First, the city commissioned a study of the area and then applied to the state for funding. Hyattsville received $10,000 in state funds and matched that with another $10,000, according to city spokeswoman Gertrude McCamley. She said the study will take approximately a year.
The National Development Council, a District-based nonprofit organization, will help the city improve existing businesses and attract new ones, McCamley said. The city considered 25 applications before it awarded the contract, she said.
In a related matter, the council is considering a $3 million industrial revenue bond for Klaus Scheurmann, who wants to buy the Hyattsville Armory and convert it into offices and a restaurant.
Industrial revenue bonds are awarded by financial institutions with a guarantee from local governments, although the governments are not liable for the bond's repayment.