In actions aimed at priming downtown Hyattsville for commercial revitalization, the Hyattsville mayor and City Council approved a requirement this week that city businesses become licensed with Hyattsville as well as the county, and relaxed some parking restrictions in the business district.
City Clerk Gertrude McCamley said, "With redevelopment downtown, we think that licensing will make us a little more aware or what is going on."
No fees have been set, she said.
The council also passed a resolution asking Prince George's to exempt various areas in downtown Hyattsville from off-street parking and cargo loading requirements.
The City Council this week sent its resolution requesting the change to the County Council, which sets zoning and related requirements, she said.
The council also agreed to sell for $80,000 a vacant fire station and adjoining library at 4334 Farragut St. to Travino Inc., a development firm headed by Dovie Travino Sullivan. Travino intends to set up a restaurant on the first floor, and construct offices in the rest of the building, City Administrator Robert Johnson said.
In other business, the council introduced a regulation that would require owners of rented housing in the city to have a registered agent who would be responsible for the property, McCamley said.