Avondale, Maryland

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Avondale
Unincorporated community
Avondale is located in Maryland
Avondale
Avondale
Avondale is located in the US
Avondale
Avondale
Location within the state of Maryland
Coordinates: 38°56′55″N 76°58′31″W / 38.94861°N 76.97528°W / 38.94861; -76.97528Coordinates: 38°56′55″N 76°58′31″W / 38.94861°N 76.97528°W / 38.94861; -76.97528
Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Prince George's
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 597031

Avondale is an unincorporated community in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States.[1] It is contained between Eastern Avenue to the south, Queens Chapel Road to the east, and the Northwest Branch Anacostia River to the west and north. Avondale borders the communities of West Hyattsville, Chillum, and Mount Rainier. Avondale is also on the border of Washington D.C. For statistical purposes, it is part of the Chillum census-designated place (CDP).[2]

History[edit]

The settlement of Avondale began in the late 1930s as a small residential subdivision at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Queens Chapel Road.[3][4][5]

In the 1930s, development spread west from Hyattsville, Mount Rainier, and Brentwood, and subdivisions such as Queens Chapel Manor, Castle Manor, Avondale, and Green Meadows appeared. Developers of these subdivisions promoted the area’s convenient access into the city and its established utilities supply. Construction of the Avondale Grove subdivision began in 1939. By 1942, the community contained approximately 100 structures located along eight streets on a wedge-shaped tract. At the southern tip of the subdivision is Carson Circle, the community’s entryway forming a quarter-circle between the boundary streets of Queens Chapel Road and LaSalle Road. The interior roads of the subdivision parallel the arch form of Carson Circle and radiate northward. Along these streets are houses constructed in the 1940s and 1950s and includes subdivisions named Avondale Terrace and North Avondale. In the 1960s, the Avondale area along Queens Chapel Road was developed by a number of high-density apartment complexes.[3] These apartment complexes are known as Kings Park Plaza, Queens Park Plaza, and Avondale Overlook. The other apartment complexes that are located in the Avondale neighborhood are La Salle Park, Avondale Park Apartments, and Manor Apartments. Interestingly, Metro's Green Line tracks travel behind these Avondale apartment complexes and when going between the West Hyattsville and Fort Totten Metro Stations.

The Avondale Recreation Center was established from some of the land belonging to the former De La Salle College. The college opened in 1931. In 1962 Avondale became home to the St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.[6][7] Avondale is also home to the NMS Healthcare of Hyattsville Nursing Home as well as the Malta House Assisted Living Facility and St. Ann's Catholic High School. Interestingly, residents of Avondale live right down the street from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. The nice thing about Avondale, itself, is that it borders Washington D.C. very closely. The community, unfortunately, has to rely upon adjacent neighborhoods for schools and services such as police and fire protection. Also in Avondale, is a storage facility for Washington Gas.[3] Next to Washington Gas, there is a Public Storage facility. Public Storage is basically a private company that allows people to pay a fee in order to rent space to store their stuff.

Commerce[edit]

  1. The Shops at Queens Chillum

This is the main shopping center that serves the Avondale neighborhood. It is located at the corner of Queens Chapel Road and Chillum Road. This shopping center has been home to a Giant Food Store from the mid 1950's to April 4, 2013[8]. The Avondale Giant was supposedly one of the first Giant Food stores to open in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. It has even gotten nicknamed, "A Historic Giant" due to the fact that Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillips stopped at the Giant when returning from a football game at the University of Maryland College Park campus to visit the White House. The Giant has been the main tenant of the shopping center for roughly six decades. Many senior citizens and longtime residents of the Avondale and Mount Rainier communities, have been relying on this Giant for many years to buy their groceries. When this Giant finally decided to close its doors on April 4, 2013, it faced backlash from the seniors and long time residents of Avondale and Mount Rainier. It was the only convenient place for them to buy groceries across the street. A Price Rite Supermarket has occupied Giant's space in the shopping center after it closed. Another store that closed after being in the shopping center for a long time was Fleischer's Jewelers. In addition to Giant and Fleischer's Jewelers, the shopping center was also home to a CVS Pharmacy store (formerly the People's Drug Store), Game Stop store, Hearty's ll Chinese Restaurant, Payless Shoe Store, and Checkers Fast Food Restaurant. All of these other stores are still presently operating in the shopping center, except for the Checkers Fast Food Restaurant. The Checkers Fast Food Restaurant was replaced by a Dunkin Donuts store.

2. Chillum Shopping Center

This is the second shopping center that serves the Avondale neighborhood. It is located right behind the Shops at Queens Chillum shopping center on Chillum road. It is home to a Popeyes Fast Food Restaurant, Subway Fast Food Restaurant, Shoppers Food Warehouse store, Beauty Mart store, H&R Block store, Coin Laundry laundromat, and a Uhaul Truck Rental Shop. There are lots of Uhaul trucks stacked on the far right side of the shopping center. Metro's Green Line passes this shopping center when traveling between the West Hyattsville and Fort Totten Metro Stations.

Parks and recreation[edit]

  1. Avondale Neighborhood Park
  2. Chillum Community Park

Trails[edit]

  1. Northwest Branch Trail

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Avondale, Maryland
  2. ^ "Prince George's County, MD: Census Incorporated Places & Census Designated Places" (PDF). Prince George's County Map. Maryland Department of Planning. 2009-01-29. 
  3. ^ a b c "Community Summary Sheet, Prince George's County" (PDF). Avondale, Maryland. Maryland State Highway Administration, 1999. 2008-05-10. 
  4. ^ The Neighborhoods of Prince George's County. Upper Marlboro: Community Renewal Program, 1974.
  5. ^ Denny, George D., Jr. Proud Past, Promising Future: Cities and Towns in Prince George's County. Brentwood, Maryland: Tuxedo Press, 1997.
  6. ^ "St. Ann's Children Take Quickly to New Home," The Washington Post, Feb 3, 1962, p. C1.
  7. ^ St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home History
  8. ^ "Historic Chillum Giant to Close in April". Hyattsville, MD Patch. 2013-03-06. Retrieved 2017-07-03.