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Published Every Thursday By The Greentxrit Cooperative Publishing Association, Inc.

Vol. 20, No. 27

Green belt, Maryland, Thursday, February 9, 1956

10 cents

Some of the arguments cited by proposal are;
PRO 1. GCS cannot come to terms
with the new owners (Gilbert
Realty) of the commercial facili-

2. GCS recognizes the need for another service station (it is presumed that the present station will
be leased to another company.)

3. GCS desires to give better
service by new and expanded fa-

4. This in GCS's opinion the only presently available site for a
profitable operation.

5. GCS's long service to the community should not be broken by its
inability to find another location.

6. Re-zoning of this site is not spot zoning because it has been
designated commercial on the land
use map prepared for GVHC and
the city by Roger Willcox.

7. The station will be screened by a five foot fence (required by law) and by a planting of trees on a triangular strip 75 feet long on the parallel to Southway immedi-
ately adjacent to the GVHC lot line. Commercial zoning of this strip will not be asked at this time and will be leased to the city for
a token sum for use as ft buffer

8. Station will harmonize architecture of the armory.


9. Lighting and traffic hazards will be eliminated by careful planning.

10. 100 foot right of way on prop-
erty belong to city and will be used
to widen Southway at this point. Costs fco foe worked out between GCS and the city.

those in favor of and opposed to the
OON 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The city council must decide zoning issues on the basis of what is good for the community as a whole; not on what is needed by any one business interest GCS's desire to build modern facilities should not be gratified at the expense of good community planning.
This petition is only one of many on which council will have to de-
cide now that the undeveloped land has been sold. Only by a
Master Plan can we preserve Greenbelt’s uniqueness as a plan-
ned community and prevent the
ugliness often resulting from haphazard planning.
6. Willcox’s only report (dated 1953) shows this triangle marked “possible park” in the sense of buffer zone separating the highdensity "old Greenbelt” from any
new development, thus salvaging to some extent the original Hale Walker plan of a greenbelt encircling the city.*
7. To lease rather than deed this
small strip to the city leaves con-
trol with GCS and Warner-Kanter. Once commercial zoning is granted they could at any time develop this
land as commercial if they so wished. If GCS were sincere about
this buffer strip it could have applied for Cl zoning with exception for a gas station. Granting exception would have strictly limited GCS’s use of the land.
8. 9. 10. Those living near the area say that no amount of beautification can make up for the loss of their presently undisturbed vista and that homes were purchased there because of the uncongested area and view.

total land use plan could not be determined at that time because of unknown factors such a«
the location of the Interbelt freeway. Some lands were marked “to
be determined,” but this strip was not no marked. Land between the
armory and the Legion was con-
sidered as possible commercial but Willcox warned that, to protect
Greenbelt residential areas old and new, even land this far from old Greenbelt must be protected by buffer zones and strict covenants to prevent it from becoming an
eyesore. Willcox admitted before
council in Spring, 1955 that a new map showing this triangle as com-
mercial was hastily prepared. No
reasons were given to justify the
change. GVHC board minutes as
reported in the News Review in-

dicate that the change was made during the last stages of contract negotiations with Warner-Kanter and at the insistence of PDC who
financed GVHC’s purchase of the
land. They insisted on these sites
to protect GCS’s desire to expand
in Greenbelt. Use of this buffet
strip (landscaped by GVHC and
the city last year) as commercial
would violate basic principles of
good planning spelled out in the report by Willcox and generally subscribed to by planners. Further, the precedent would be es-
tablished that the city has con-
doned commercial development as
close as 75 feet from residences.
This could weaken the city’s position in dealing with other owners
of undeveloped land when they seek

Kids No Cheap Skates; Roll Rough For Polio

Our Neighbors
Elaine Skolnlk - 7586
It’s a girl for the Roy Wells, 8-V
Laurel. Their first child, Barbara
Ann, was born January 5 and
weighed seven pounds.
Happy birthday to Jimmy Mod-
sen, 2-A Southway, who celebrated his third birthday January 31. Daddy Max will have a birthday
February 10.
They were dancing in their seats.
Attending the Tiny Tot Concert
at the University of Maryland were
some of our Nursery and Kinder-
garten children. The little ones were permitted to examine the instruments and were enthralled by
the fine music. Kindergartner
Freddy Rubin’s picture appeared
in the Washington Post. Everyone will be glad to hear
that the Ellerin family are all well
after so many months of illness.
A speedy recovery to Robert Gar-
in, 3-G Pateau, who has been hos-
pitalized. Birthday greetings to Barbara
McGee, who was thirteen years old
on February 4.
Victors in the Special Master
Bridge Games played last Friday
night at the Center school were Lee and Larry Fink, East-West, and Kaufman-Frese, North-South. The next duplicate game is March
Sunday, February 5, was a very
special day for Eileen Pendleton. It was her ninth birthday.
There was a double birthday party at the Gerton’s home, 16-U Ridge, on Sunday, February 5. Nancy was 7 and Janet 10. Rela-
the. tives from out of town helped cele-
iiforate -in evening.
On January 26, 4-year-old Debbie Day, 54-0 Crescent, opened the Heart Drive by lighting the torch with Mrs. Elsenhower and General Mark Clark at the White House.
Walter G. Mann, 2-F Research,
has joined the Baltimore office of the Wage and Hour Division, De-
partment of Labor, as a wage-hour
James E. Brenon of Woodlandway was graduated last month
from Furman University, Green-
ville, South Carolina, where he ma-
jored in English.

Greenbelt Junior High

PTA Meets February IA

The Greenbelt Junior High PTA

will meet February 14 at 8 p.m.

Mrs. Seibert Meade, program

chairman, reports that the entire

program will be devoted to confer-

ences between parents and teach-

ers. Mrs. Meade feels that this

would be a good time to fill the
many requests from parents for

more contact with teachers since

the first term grading period has

just ended. Refreshments will be

served at the end of the general

visiting and just prior to the pri-

vate conferences.








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The Youth Center donated $69.20 to the March of Dimes by turning over one skating night and selling “polio fighter” balloons. Over 125 teen-agers attended. Skating schedule: Wednesday, 8-9:45 p.m., Friday,
8-10:45 p.m., Saturday, 8-10:45 p.m. Those eligible to skate are those in seventh grade or twelve years of age.
A dance will be held Saturday night, once a month.

“Dad-Son” Scout Diaaer
Troop 202 will hold its annual “father-son banquet” at the Community Church Saturday night. All scout parents and boys are invited. Contact William Cratty, 7-F Ridge, GR 4-9464, for reservations.

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Council Delays Rezoning Again; Plans To Get Professional Advices

By Claude Wimberly


The city council again postponed action on its recommemSshtion to the Maryland Park and Planning Commission, on the pe-
tition of the Greenbelt Land Improvement Corporation for the re-

zoning of the tract adjacent the National Guard Armory to C-2 Commercial. Purpose of the re-zoning petition is to permit con-

struction, by Greenbelt Consumer Services, of a gasoline fillingsta-

tion on the site. GCS must give up
the premises upon which its present facilities are located, prior to Oc-
tober first, due to its inability to reach a satisfactory agreement with the present owner.
Big Crowd
Heightened evidence of the in-
terest and concern of Greenbelt -residents over this issue, was evinced by the unusual turn-out of 50-60 persons who crowded the
small smoke-filled council room to
capacity, and over-flowed into the stairway and surrounding office
Preliminaries were quickly dis-
pensed with as council pushed for-
ward to the "Big issue” on its
agenda. Lead-off man and princi-
pal proponent of the petition, Sam Ashelman, Jr., general manager of
GCS, armed with illustrative ma-
teria! (proposed architectural
plans, maps, and expert opinions) presented a point-by-point rebuttal to objections voiced at the last
meeting of council, by citizens residing next the proposed site.
offered a compromise
designed to amend the original petition, permitting the establishment of a "green belt”, which would entail landscaping a strip of pre-
determined width between the

proposed structure and the dwell-
ings in closest proximity to the site. He offered assurances that there would be no further encroachment upon the properties? ot'
the residents in the form of a&sSfe
dog stands, juke joints, etc. TJ&>
lend substance to these assurances*
he indicated that GCS would fee* willing to lease this buffer zone
the city for a token sum.
Opposition Talks
Immediately following AsfieF-
man’s proposals, Mayor Tom Canning recognized citizen after citizen, who were given the opportunity to present arguments designed to dissuade council from approv-
ing the petition. Their reasons. ffeK
opposing the petitiop were as vav-
negated as the people themsefv*eK;.
A few voices were raised amongindividuals favoring the projeet—but the majority spoke in opposi-
tion. A petition signed by some
50 persons of the 9, 10, and 11. Courts of Southway was presented to council, and a photographic montage of the proposed site—with and without a filling station (as viewed from, the windows of
one of the petitioners home.) was:
presented to illustrate the unsightliness of such a structure in that"
location. Most of the objections'


were reiterations of those previously expressed before council at

The GVHC Nominations and 'Elections Committee report printed

the last meeting. 4 Hours Debate

January 26 omitted several important points. 1. the annual GVHC

Following almost four hours of hearing testimony oh both sides,

election date of board members is March 14. 2. Any member not
nominated by the committee may be placed on the ballot by filing a petition signed by 10 members with GVHC secretary Bruce Bowman, not later than 5 p.m. March 7. 3.

council began consideration of thequestion. Councilman Alan Kistler began by asserting that his feeling was that, council was not sufficiently informed to make such an important decision without further study of the matter, and this view

electioneering by candidates or their supporters at the polls, is not recommended by the committed.
A typographical error caused GVHC’s payment for land sold to

was upheld by Councilman Robert Hurst. However, Couneilmem James Wolfe and James Smith indicated willingness to eonside* the matter immediately. Kistler’s pro-

the Baptist Chapel to read SIBO instead of SIBOO. To help the Chapel
GVHC waived payment of its
share until the end of the year.
Omitted in the same story was a statement explaining the board’s
action on the natural gas bill. After hearing the petition of a mem-
ber it was felt that passage by
Congress would adversely affect
GVHC’s fuel costs and members’
living costs.

posal to “take no definitive aefeibn”' 1
on any re-zoning question until'
March 5 was finally adopted after
a compromise agreement establishing the date. (Kistler originally
proposed March 20 as a possible
target date.)
City manager Charles MacDon-
ald pointed out that action would
be useless at this time ibeeause ©f the proposed GCS amendment to the original petition which has not


as yet been submitted to the Park
SALE ! and Planning Commission, Hurst then moved that council * go into a series of special sessions,



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Published by the Greenbelt Cooperative Publishing Association, Inc. Editor - Isadore Parker, 8932
Editorial Staff
Muriel Burrows, Glenn Burrows, Phyllis Chasanow, Joan Dickerson,

Helen Dondy, Edward Downey, Lucille Fonda, Sarah Gelberg, Estelle Goldberg, Rhea G. Kahn, Gretchen Keene, A1 Long, Jim Monahan, Ellie Ritchie, A1 Skolnick, Elaine Skolnick, Claude Wimberly.

Vol. 20

Thursday, February 9, 1956

No. 27

Woman’s Club Dances
The Greenbelt Woman’s Club will hold its annual Valentine Dance at the Legion hall Saturday, February 11, beginning at 9 p.m. Music by the Modernaires. Tickets
may be obtained from members or. at the door. Mrs. Paul Campbell as chairman of arrangements.
A spaghetti dinner and bake
sale is planned for by the Women’s Society of Christian Service of the Methodist Church, Saturday, February 11, from 5-7
p.m. at the church’s new build-

Women Voters Meet
In preparation for the Prince Georges county budget hearings in March, the Greenbelt Unit of the League of Women Voters will discuss the Health Department budget for 1956-57 at its meeting Thursday, February 16, 8:15 p.m., at the home of Mrs. Greeze, 3-G Ridge (GR 3-2353).
The local bank will not be open Monday, February 13, in
observance of LINCOLN'S
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In preparation for a concert to be given this spring the Greenbelt Choral Group is now accepting new members. Anyone who likes to sing—regardless of previous training—is invited to rehearsals, Mondays, 8:30-10:30 p.m., at the JCC building.
Through the efforts of A1 Herling, director of the group, men of the chorus at Ft. Meade will have some joint rehearsals with the group and
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Cub Pack 202 Busy; Program Awards
Cub Pack 202 tried a new format for their monthly Pack meetings Friday, February 3, at Fellowship
Center. Half of the Pack presented Pirate Skits and the other half displayed their craft work. Cubmaster Dalbow made three import-
ant announcements: a skating party for Saturday, February 4, at the
Bladensburg Rink; “Boy Scout
Sunday,” February 12; and the
Blue and Gold Dinner Thursday,
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Awards were as follows: Bobcat pins, Joel Garner, Joseph Long, Paul Schwan, Albert Pines; Wolf
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