Avondale, Maryland

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Avondale
Avondale is located in Maryland
Avondale
Avondale
Location within the state of Maryland
Avondale is located in the US
Avondale
Avondale
Avondale (the US)
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
State Maryland
County Prince George's
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
GNIS feature ID597031

Avondale is an unincorporated community in Prince George's County Maryland, United States.[1] It is contained between Eastern Avenue NE to the south, Queens Chapel Road (MD-500) to the east, and the Northwest Branch Anacostia River to the north and west.

Avondale borders the neighborhoods of Hyattsville, Chillum, Green Meadows, and Mount Rainier in Prince George's County, Maryland. In addition to these neighborhoods in Prince George's County, Maryland, Avondale also borders the Queens Chapel and North Michigan Park neighborhoods of Northeast Washington D.C.

The Avondale neighborhood consists of three small subdivisions since being established: Avondale, Avondale Terrace, and North Avondale.

For statistical purposes, Avondale 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, area development spread west from Hyattsville, Mount Rainier, and Brentwood. Developers of the Avondale neighborhood promoted the area’s very close proximity to Washington D.C. as well as its already established utility supplies.

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 southwest tip of the subdivision, Carson Circle, the community’s entryway, forms a quarter-circle between the Avondale boundary streets of Queens Chapel Road and LaSalle Road. The interior roads of the subdivision radiate northward from Carson Circle. Along these streets are houses constructed in the 1940s and 1950s and included within subdivisions named Avondale Terrace and North Avondale.

In the 1960s, the Avondale area along Queens Chapel Road was developed. Three high-density apartment complexes were constructed on Queens Chapel Road, Kings Park Plaza, Queens Park Plaza, and Avondale Overlook.[3] The other apartment complexes in Avondale, such as La Salle Park, Avondale Park, and Manor Apartments, were developed shortly after.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Green Line train tracks have gone through the community of Avondale when traveling between the West Hyattsville and Fort Totten Metro Stations, ever since the West Hyattsville Metro Station opened in December, 1993. The Washington Metropolitan Area Green Line train tracks are mainly above ground between the West Hyattsville Metro Station and most of Avondale before reaching an underground tunnel right before Russell Avenue and the Avondale Neighborhood Park. The Washington Metropolitan Area Green Line train tracks go through this underground tunnel from this part of Avondale all the way up to the Fort Totten Metro Station.

In 1931, De La Salle College–a religious study house for the Roman Catholic teaching order Christian Brothers–was opened. The study house building now houses the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary of Washington. The Avondale Neighbourhood Park was established on some of this property.

In 1962, Avondale became home to the St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.[6][7] Now the St. Ann's Center for Children, Youth and Families, it also houses St. Ann's Catholic High School.

Avondale is also home to the NMS Healthcare of Hyattsville Nursing Home and the Malta House Assisted Living Facility, both of which are located on property formerly occupied by Carroll Manor Nursing Home.

Along Chillum Road in Avondale are: a private storage facility for the utility company Washington Gas,[3] a Public Storage facility, and a large U-Haul rental truck facility.

Residents of Avondale live within very close proximity to two major universities: the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. (6 minutes, 2 miles), and the University of Maryland College Park in College Park, MD (11 minutes, 3.5 miles).

The community, being unincorporated, must rely upon the adjacent Maryland neighborhoods of Chillum, Mount Rainier, and Hyattsville for public schools as well as Prince George's County for its government services, such as police and fire protection.

In terms of public transportation, residents of Avondale have access to the West Hyattsville and Brookland-CUA Metro Stations, as well as Metrobus and Prince George's County The Bus Service on the Queens Chapel Road and Chillum Road corridors.

Commerce[edit]

The Shops at Queens Chillum

The main shopping center serving the Avondale neighborhood is located at the corner of Queens Chapel Road and Chillum Road.

This shopping center's primary tenant was a Giant Food Store from 1954 to April 4, 2013.[8] This Giant Food Store was supposedly one of the first Giant Food stores to open in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. It was even referred to as "A Historic Giant": a reference to the fact that Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip stopped at this Giant in 1957 when returning to the White House after attending a football game with President Eisenhower at the University of Maryland College Park campus.

The Giant was the main tenant of the shopping center for roughly six decades. For many years, it had been the only convenient location for many senior citizens and longtime residents of Avondale and Mount Rainier to purchase their groceries. When it was decided that this Giant would finally close its doors on April 4, 2013, it faced a backlash from these long-time customers.

A Price Rite Supermarket has occupied Giant's space since it closed. The long time Fleischer's Jewelers store also closed around the same time as the Giant Food Store around 2013. A Mid-Atlantic Seafood Carryout Restaurant has taken over and been operating in Fleischer's space ever since. A Dunkin Donuts store was being constructed in the Queens Chillum shopping center in late 2010 in a very small separate building next to the Checker's Fast Food Restaurant. Other current tenants are a CVS Pharmacy Store (formerly a People's Drug Store), QVC Liquor Store, Radio Shack Store, Game Stop Store, Hearty's ll Chinese Restaurant, Payless Shoes Store, and a Checker's Fast Food Restaurant.

There is also an Exxon Mobil Gas Station in the Avondale neighborhood located across the Queens Chillum Shopping Center on the opposite side of Chillum Road but same side of Queens Chapel Road.

Chillum Shopping Center

The second shopping center serving the Avondale neighborhood is located directly behind the Shops at Queens Chillum Shopping Center is the Chillum Shopping Center. It is home to a Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits Fast Food Restaurant, Subway Fast Food Restaurant, Shoppers Food Warehouse Store (originally an A&P Grocery Store), Beauty Mart Store, H&R Block Store, Coin Laundromat Shop, and a large U-Haul Truck Rental Facility. WMATA's Green Line route passes this shopping center when traveling between the West Hyattsville and Fort Totten stations. A small Queenstown Car Wash shop is located right across the street on Chillum Road from the Chillum Road Shopping Center. Directly west of the Washington Metropolitan Green Line train tracks, there is a Public Storage Facility and Washington Gas Supply Facility.

Bank

Though not located directly in any of Avondale's shopping centers, a SunTrust bank stands at the intersection of Queens Chapel Road and Carson Circle. At one time, it was a Citizens Bank of Maryland.

Parks and recreation[edit]

  1. Avondale Neighborhood Park (The Avondale Neighborhood Park is located at the intersection of La Salle Road and Ingraham Street, just north of the Maryland/ Washington D.C. line (Eastern Avenue NE). This park is located next to the NMS Hyattsville Health Care Facility, De La Salle College, Manor Apartments, Avondale Park Apartments, St. Ann's Catholic High School. This is the main neighborhood park in the community of Avondale. This park consists of a small picnic pavilion area, kickball/ baseball field, small basketball court, small-size playground, and a tennis court.)
  2. Chillum Community Park (The Chillum Community Park is contained between two neighborhoods; Avondale and Chillum. Only the side of Chillum Community Park east of the Northwest Branch Anacostia River is located in Avondale's northwest side at the intersection of Chillum Road and 18th Avenue. The side of Chillum Community Park located west of the Northwest Branch Anacostia River is located in Chillum at the intersection of 16th Avenue and Ray Road. The side of Chillum Community Park that is located in Avondale consists of a very small playground area, a small picnic pavilion area, and a small basketball court. The side of Chillum Community Park that is located in Chillum also consists of a very small playground area and small picnic pavilion area like the Avondale side of Chillum Community Park, with the exception that it contains a small soccer field rather than a small basketball court.)

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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-29. Retrieved 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.