How Brentwood Saved the Historic Route 1 Arrow

Brentwood arrow sculpture Maryland Rhode Island Avenue
Brentwood has saved the arrow after all.

As the Hyattsville Wire noted previously, a metal arrow at 4100 Rhode Island Avenue is located on the future site of Artisan 4100, which will feature 84 apartments and 5,000 square feet of retail when it opens in 2019.

The arrow once advertised the property which used to be home of B&J Auto Supply, a reminder of Route 1’s not-so distant past as a haven for car dealerships, auto supply stores and used car lots.

Now the town of Brentwood has stepped in to save it from demolition as construction begins on Artisan 4100.

Stuart Eisenberg of the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation worked with Peter Siegel of Landex Development, which is developing Artisan 4100 and the neighboring Studio 3807, to salvage the arrow.

One problem: “It’s huge,” explained Eisenberg in an email to the Hyattsville Wire. He had originally hoped an area artist could put it to use, but he couldn’t find one as time started to run out before construction begins.

Then Mayor Rocio Treminio-Lopez and the town council stepped forward to take charge of the arrow for the time being.

The arrow joins the renovated Lustine Center in the Arts District Hyattsville, the soon-to-be salvaged saucer at the old Hyattsville public library, and the old liquor store neon sign refashioned for the new Vigilante in College Park, among other things, as fun parts of Route 1’s architectural history that have been saved even as the area undergoes a spate of new development.

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