Neighborhood Profile: Landover Hills – The Washington Post

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Dorothy Anderson Fratturelli’s family has lived in Landover Hills, a suburban town in northern Prince George’s County, Maryland, for more than 70 years. Fratturelli, who grew up in Landover Hills, bought her family’s home after her parents died. She sold the house when she moved to Massachusetts, then bought it back when she returned.

“I’ve been here long enough. This is my home,” she said. “It’s a really nice place.”

Fratturelli said she loved sitting on her porch facing the street, reminiscing about her childhood.

“We used to play hopscotch and jump ropes and kick the cans, and everyone knew each other,” she said.

But these days, she doesn’t see many children playing in the street anymore. Instead, they play in their own backyards.

“But [the town has]has to change, because people change,” Fratturelli said.

Landover Hills was incorporated as a city in March 1945 as one of the first suburban developments along Annapolis Road, according to the city’s website. The roughly 150-acre hill town contains more than 500 single-family homes, a mix of Colonials, Cape Cods, and Ranchers. Landover Hills is governed by a mayor, city council and city manager.

Landover Hills is close to many amenities along Annapolis Road including grocery stores, convenience stores, banks, fast food outlets and restaurants, gas stations, churches, a halal market and a health care center. emergency.

Behind the Landover Hills town hall is a park with a playground, tennis courts and playgrounds. Additional green space can be found elsewhere in the city, including a small park on Annapolis Road that has a gazebo and memorial with the names of Landover Hills veterans who fought in World War II, including the father of Fratturelli.

Marco Moore, who lives across from Fratturelli, has resided in Landover Hills for about 15 years. During his time there, he said, he noticed the city had made improvements.

“I saw [houses]be renovated,” he said, adding that he had noticed the city “doing little improvements, little things of that nature.”

City Manager Rommel Pazmino said Landover Hills received federal covid relief funds in 2021 that the city was using to help residents, through senior and rental assistance programs, and local businesses.

Two local churches, Saint Mary’s Catholic Church and Ebenezer Church of God, held food drives. Public works workers delivered boxes of food to residents without transportation.

News and events are shared through a newsletter published by the clerk, broadcast on social media or broadcast on community television.

Despite the disruptions of the pandemic, the Landover Hills Art Committee plans to paint a mural on the back wall of City Hall.

“This plan grew out of our planning for our 75th anniversary,” which was in 2020, Mayor Jeff Schomisch said.

The city has four goals for the mural: to evoke a sense of community and joy in the city, to enrich the city environment, to promote communal activities by making public space more engaging, and to celebrate the diversity of the city. city, Schomisch wrote in an email. The city will receive a county grant for the mural.

The mural is expected to be completed in late July or early August, said Paul Schad, public works employee and arts committee liaison.

To celebrate the anniversary, the city had planned a festival and dinner for former residents, but the ideas were scrapped because of the pandemic, Schomisch said.

But not all of the city’s plans have been canceled. Some have been adapted to a socially distant format.

“The last two years Santa has been driving around town in a van…it was a Cadillac,” Schomisch said.

He said Landover Hills residents tend to be families, but that fluctuates.

“We bought [a house]from the original owners. So there they were, raising their families, but then they got older and decided it was time to move on. And that’s kind of what’s happening,” he said. “And right now, we’re in another family boom.”

Schomisch, who served as mayor for three years, also served as a council member for six years. He was persuaded by his former neighbor to join.

“He served for like 20 years and then finally retired and decided to leave town, and he kind of said to me, ‘Okay, your turn,'” Schomisch said. “And I liked living here, so I thought it was time to contribute a bit and help out.”

Schomisch said his favorite part of living in Landover Hills is the friendliness and hospitality of the town.

“It was really a welcoming community for us when we came to town,” he said. “And I think we still have it.”

Live there: Essentially, Landover Hills is bounded by Annapolis Road to the north, 72nd Avenue to the east, Parkwood Street to the south, and 70th Avenue and Landover Hills Neighborhood Park to the west. A strip to the west along Annapolis Road is primarily commercial space.

Melanie Gamble, who worked as a realtor in Prince George’s County for more than 20 years, is president of Prince George’s County Association of Realtors.

Landover Hills is a “great place to call home” for commuters due to its “extremely convenient location” near the Ring Road and other highways, she said.

Two homes are for sale in Landover Hills, Gamble said. The most expensive is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home for $384,000. The other is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom semi-detached home listed at $349,900.

The average price for a home sold in Landover Hills in 2021 was $332,129, Gamble said. The most expensive home sold was a 1,980 square foot Federal-style remodeled home with five bedrooms and four bathrooms for $485,000. The lowest-priced home sold was a 789-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom hiker for $225,000.

Schools: Judge Sylvania W. Woods and Cooper Lane Elementary, Charles Carroll Middle and Parkdale and Bladensburg High. A new college, Glenridge, is under construction.

Transit: Landover and New Carrollton subway stations (orange line) are less than a 10-minute drive from the neighborhood, and there is a MARC train stop at New Carrollton station. There are bus stops along Annapolis Road. Landover Hills is close to the Beltway and US Route 50, and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway is accessible from Annapolis Road.

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