City Holds Hearing on Opportunity to Expand Museum

IMG_6921At the November 23 meeting of City Council, the opportunity to purchase 10A Crescent, the unit next-door to the    Museum house, was discussed. As was pointed out in the agenda for the meeting, acquisition of the house would allow the museum to significantly expand its      programs, activities, and open hours.

The unit at 10B was purchased by the city on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Greenbelt, in 1987. 10A, which has been occupied by the Dwyer family for many years, is ready to come on the market, providing an opportunity for the city to invest in the additional property. The new space would provide a larger area to accommodate tours, an archive room, on-site office space for Museum staff, and much more.

A public hearing on this matter has been scheduled for the Dec. 14, 2015, 8pm City Council meeting.  The Board of the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum invites you to read and familiarize yourself with the following bullet points, and to attend the meeting to show your support for the potential museum expansion.  Questions or comments? We’d love to hear from you, greenbeltmuseum@gmail.com.

Benefits of Acquiring 10A

  • The acquisition would consolidate museum functions in one location.
  • The new location could serve as a visitor/welcome center for the city.
  • The acquisition would allow for a broader interpretation of life in Greenbelt.
  • The unit offers improved accessibility, including an essential first floor restroom facility.
  • The unit has been occupied for 59 years, this may be a rare opportunity. 
  • The new unit could be used as a pilot unit to test out environmental and preservation      strategies.
  • The Friends of the Greenbelt  Museum support the acquisition

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