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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW A breakdown of all 28 Prince George’s County teams, preseason rankings and features. B-1 The Gazette SERVING NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY COMMUNITIES DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Thursday, August 29, 2013 PurpleLine IN THE PATH OF THE SOUNDING OFF A2020Vision RIVERDALE: “I don’t want to move, but that’s the way life is. But I love it here. It’s just a great spot,” said J. Brian Tansey, whose law office is on Riverdale Road under the site of a proposed raised platform for the Purple Line’s Riverdale Park station, adding that he doesn’t know where his business will go. DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE Campus Drive just east of Adelphi Road in College Park is the site of the proposed Adelphi Road/West Campus Purple Line station. 16-MILE LIGHT RAIL LINE WILL LINK BETHESDA WITH NEW CARROLLTON n BY JAMIE T ANFENSON-COMEAU AND KARA ROSE to be divided among federal, state and local governments. The U.S. and Maryland governments each are expected to contribute about $900 million, and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are expected to provide the remainder, said Leif Dormsjo, Maryland’s deputy secretary for transportation. State officials recently announced that $680 million was earmarked from the recently raised fuel tax for the project. The state also is pursuing a public-private partnership to help defray its costs. Besides being responsible for designing, constructing, operating and BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER MTA RENDERING A Purple Line light rail car pulls into the Bethesda station, as envisioned by the Maryland Transit Administration. ONLINE See PURPLE, Page A-13 n Light rail puts Prince George’s on track for more growth, officials say. n An interactive map of the Purple Line and more stories about the project. Laurel officials hope C Street Flats helps raise interest in arts district Live/work space expected to be complete 2015 BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER Laurel officials are hoping a new mixed use development in the heart of the arts and entertainment district, the C Street Flats, could help raise interest in the city’s Main Street area. “This is a shot of insulin that we need here on Main Street,” said Matthew Coates, chairman of the Laurel Board of Trade. “This will allow us to bring another 500 walking bodies to our streets, and I think by doing that, a whole lot of businesses will want to come here and open up shops.” A&E ALL FOR ONE ACT Opening weekend of festival at Laurel Mill Playhouse highlights local playwright Mark Scharf’s work. B-5 ART OF THE MARCH Mount Rainier gallery exhibit commemorates 50th anniversary of March on Washington. Riggs Road station Boarding the line at the first stop in the county, situated on Increase attributed to attrition, as educators seek better opportunities n See FLATS, Page A-10 NEWS The Purple Line is a $2.2 billion light rail project that will cross 16 miles to connect Bethesda and New Carrollton, passing through many communities along the way. Take a virtual ride on the transit line from Riggs Road to New Carrollton to see the project’s impact on Prince George’s County. University Boulevard East, after the intersection with 15th Avenue and just before the intersection with Riggs Road, your light rail car will share the two middle traffic lanes and what once was a median with the Purple Line rail line along University Boulevard East. The station will be roughly between Pep Boys auto parts store and H&A International Food Supermarket. The train will travel by a spot near the corner of Riggs and University Boulevard East where a gas station once stood, demolished to make way for the new line. Tiren Patel, the owner of a 7-Eleven near the intersection, said he welcomes the Purple See RIDE, Page A-13 800 hired as teachers leave for more pay Jim Callard, president of property developer California-based Klingbeil Capital Management, said the company has already received calls from interested tenants, but said rental prices have not yet been set. “We have what we think is going to be a marvelous project, both for the city and for us, and for the community,” Callard said during an Aug. 22 groundbreaking ceremony, held at the site of the old Laurel Police Department building. Callard said demolition of the old building is set to begin this fall, and the development is expected to begin accepting tenants in fall 2015. The building has been vacant since the police department moved to its 5th Street location A-4 A virtual ride Train’s path throws many Prince George’s residents’ lives off track n STAFF WRITERS he Purple Line has been on the books in Maryland for decades, but as 2020 looms, Purple Line planners and Prince George’s County residents are hammering out the nitty-gritty details of exactly what this $2.2 billion light rail line will look like. The 16-mile line, which will link Bethesda with New Carrollton, will cross parts of both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, linking up with Metro stops and MARC train stations. The $2.2 billion price tag is n 25 cents Automotive BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER Prince George’s County Public Schools has a lot of new faces this school year, with over 831 new teachers after over 600 teachers left the system for better compensation in other jurisdictions. The influx of new teachers comes because of the loss of over 600 teachers departing the system, said Deborah Sullivan, recruitment and retention officer in the Division of Human Resources. “We have experienced a higher attrition rate this year, in that we’ve lost approximately 600plus teachers,” said Sullivan. “It is higher than in past years.” Estimates from the school system on the typical attrition rate in previous years were not available as of press time. Sullivan said exit surveys indicated that much of the attrition was due to compensation. “It’s not that our teachers have been unhappy with Prince George’s, they’ve been very happy, but we’ve been on a salary freeze for the past four years, and those teachers sought opportunities elsewhere,” Sullivan said. “Compensation was the reason many of our staff members indicated when they exited last [school] year.” Sullivan noted a 2012 Washington Area Boards of Education report which found that Prince George’s County ranked sixth out of 10 Washington, D.C., metropolitan area counties in terms of teacher salary and compensation. See TEACHERS, Page A-10 B-12 Calendar A-2 Classified B-10 Community News A-4 Entertainment B-1 Opinion A-11 Sports B-1 Please RECYCLE MUNICIPAL SCENE Advertising Supplement Check out our Services Directory ADVERTISING INSIDE B SECTION 1906605

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