Upper Marlboro, MD – On September 13th, Prince George's County initiated demolition of the Chapel Wood Apartments, 26 vacant apartments on Nova Avenue, in the Coral Hills community. The blighted complex has created significant public safety issues for the neighborhood over the years and tomorrow's demolition is an important step forward for the community. County Council Chair Andrea C. Harrison (District 5), County Council Member Karen R. Toles (District 7), 24th Legislative District State Senator Joanne C. Benson and Delegates Michael L. Vaughn and Carolyn J. B. Howard joined County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III for this important event.
The County's demolition of the Chapel Wood Apartments is part of the County Executive's HYPERLINK "http://cms.princegeorgescountymd.gov/ExecutiveNews/default.aspx?itemid=650" Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI), which is designed to address issues in six areas of the County that have challenges with high rates of crime, low student achievement, limited economic opportunity and numerous health disparities.
"For the surrounding community, Chapel Wood Apartments have been more than blight to their neighborhood. It has been a public safety hazard," said Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker. "These residents have waited too long for the removal of these apartments. I want to thank the Gwendolyn Bowman and the Bradbury Heights Civic Association, Council Member Toles, and Senator Benson for their unwavering advocacy to resolve this problem. I am proud of my Administration and the County employees who worked across several departments to resolve this issue and rid this neighborhood of blight that has been a part of this community for far too long. This is a great neighborhood and I am glad that we are helping these citizens move forward and begin transforming Nova Avenue."
The complete demolition of the apartment complex will take approximately 6 weeks. The cost of the demolition is approximately $585,000 and the first lien holder of the property has agreed to pay for the demolition. The Prince George's County Government plans to work with the current lien holder and prospective developers to redevelop this land and create attractive and sustainable housing.
"Key among County Council legislative priorities is economic development and redevelopment of our communities," said Prince George's Council Chair Andrea C. Harrison (District 5). "The Prince George's County Council is pleased to partner with County Executive Baker to transform these communities into wealthier, healthier and safer neighborhoods."
"I commend County Executive Baker for his dedication to transforming Nova Avenue in the Coral Hills community and other such communities throughout District 7," said Council Member Karen R. Toles (District 7). "In the past year, my colleagues and I have allocated funding and resources to assist in this transformation, and I remain committed to the redevelopment and revitalization of Nova Avenue and Capitol Heights."
"As we continue to raise the bar for the citizens of Prince George's County and the 24th Legislative District, this great day is long overdue, but we made it," stated State Senator Joanne C. Benson. "We know there is more work to do to continue the progress forward."
Demolition of the Chapel Wood Apartments will be conducted by Demolition Services, Inc. The Office of County Executive Baker is currently in the process of notifying through the mail all residents in the vicinity of this work and encouraging any citizens of this community to call 301-952-4131 if they have any questions or concerns about this project.