Greenbelt Condo Owner Expands Kitchen
The city of Greenbelt is located in Prince George’s County in Maryland with a total area of 6.34 square miles. It includes the “Old Greenbelt” planned community, formally known as the Greenbelt Historic District, where most of the city’s residents live today. It was one of three “green” communities (the other two are Greendale, WI and Greenhills, OH) established in 1935 to benefit federal government employees.
The New Deal program of then-President Franklin Roosevelt encompassed a number of initiatives to help people recover from the ravages of the Great Depression. Among these was the US Resettlement Administration, headed by Rexfold Guy Tugwell, who sought to create communities with affordable housing for federal government workers, and led to the development of Greenbelt in 1935. In this, he had the support of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who helped lay out the community.. The city was the subject of a short documentary made in 1939 showing the advantages of a planned community.
The area of Greenbelt was formerly tobacco fields. It is commonly referred to as a public cooperative community because of the creation of cooperatives aimed to make the community self-sufficient. These include the Greenbelt Consumers Coop and the Greenbelt Homes Incorporated. Residents used to be screened for occupation and income, and until 1963, African Americans were excluded from the eligible. Today, the city has a population of 2014 of 24,125, 47% of which is African American, 25.9% is white, 14.3% is Hispanic, and 9.7% is Asian. The median household income in Greenbelt os $65,709, slightly lower than the Maryland median of $75,847.
Among the interesting people who were born or lived in Greenbelt include Abraham Chasanow, a federal employee accused of Communist sympathies. He was consequently dismissed from his job in the U.S. Navy’s Hydrographic Office in 1954 because he was a security risk, only to be exonerated and reinstated less than a month after when the case was made public. The case caused the Navy to rethink its security procedures.
Other notable residents include Erin Harpe of the singing group Erin Harpe & the Delta Swiners, authors Dorothy Sucher and Steve Rochinski, musician Joe Pug, restaurant critic Phyllis Richman, and actor Rosa Salazar.
Things to do in Greenbelt
Space exploration buffs will be tickled to learn that Greenbelt is the home of the Goddard Space Flight Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). While most of the key areas in the center is off-limits, you can go to the Visitor Center on Tuesdays through Sundays for a tour and see displays of spacecraft and technologies, including a representation of the Hubble Space Telescope. You can enter the center free of charge. You can also check out the Science On a Sphere projection system. The Visitor Center hosts a number of education events such as the Goddard LaunchFest and robot competitions.
For the more nature inclined, there are a few trails and parks you can explore as Greenbelt is part of the National Park System. You can also explore the Roosevelt Center and other Art Deco buildings ensconced in Old Greenbelt, such as the Old Greenbelt Theatre and the New Deal Café. Other places to visit include the:
Beltsville Agricultural Research Visitor Center
College Park Aviation Museum
Prince George’s County Memorial Library
The Greenbelt Arts Center
The Greenbelt Museum
The client had recently acquired a spacious one-bedroom condo unit for a very good price in a short sale. It was in the Colonial Revival style built in 1968, and within easy distance of the Beltway Parkway and Goddard Center, where she worked. The condo was built in 1968, but had been remodeled a few years before, so it was move-in ready. However, the kitchen-cum-dining room was very small, with just one small kitchen counter. The client had bought and installed RTA cabinets along one wall and wanted a quote for installing granite on the new cabinets to match her existing counters.
The granite of the existing counter was in good condition, needing only a bit of polish and resealing. It was very similar in color and pattern to the Golden Dream granite, but the old granite was slightly darker. We showed a sample of the granite to the client and set it against the existing counter to show her the difference. Since the new counters were completely detached from the old one, she didn’t think the slight difference in color mattered. We reached an agreement on the project cost and schedule based on that granite.
The installation went smoothly, as the new cabinets were installed by a pro and was level enough. There were no cutouts for the new counters, so it was a simple matter of placing the single granite on top of the new cabinets and attaching it securely. We used a color enhancer on the existing counter to make it a bit darker. The whole project just took two days. The client was very happy with her new work counter, and the slightly darker counter blended well with the rest of the kitchen.
More is better
Additional work and storage space is always welcome in the kitchen, and is some cases, this can be accomplished very quickly and at a reasonable cost. You can work more efficiently if your kitchen is well-organized, and worth the investment of adding work and storage spaces if you make the smart choices, such as sturdy RTA cabinets and durable counters that will last you for many years.
KNC Granite specializes in the quick installation of kitchen and bathroom countertops, and we offer only top quality products and services at the reasonable rates. We can help you make your kitchen more livable in just a few days.
If you are not sure what you want, give us a call. We offer a free estimate and consultation for your remodel project at NO OBLIGATION. You are welcome to compare our prices with other suppliers, but we guarantee you will not get a better deal.
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