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District Council Approves Cafritz Rezoning Plan, 7-2

The votes sets the stage for sweeping and long-debated mixed-use development on the north end of Riverdale Park.

By a 7-2 vote, the Prince George's County District Council approved the Cafritz rezoning plan Monday afternoon, setting the stage for a sweeping and long-debated mixed-use development on the north end of Riverdale Park.

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The approval means the 37-acre parcel will be redesignated from single-family detached residential (R-55) to mixed-use town center (M-UTC), easing the way for the construction of more than 900 units of housing, a 35,000-square-foot Whole Foods, a 120-room hotel, and additional office and retail space.

Supporters say the project will spur economic growth and bring a desirable mix of retail and residential development to the area. 

Critics have charged that the plan will impose extreme fiscal, environmental, and traffic pressure on the surrounding communities.

Kristin Awsumb Liu July 10, 2012 at 05:56 PM
^^^Thank you for sharing this perspective - the only thing I'd like to add is Riverdale Park has some beautiful homes, too!
Sal July 10, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Is there an approximate timeline for when this project is expected to start and be completed?
Danny July 10, 2012 at 06:40 PM
while there are still more hurdles to be overcome, the developer would like to break ground in early 2013 and to have the first phase, including whole foods, open by late 2014 or very early 2015.
John Payne July 10, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I am pleased to see that a decision has been made to move forward with this development. I think that for many in the nearby neighborhoods the amount of time we spend in the car getting to quality restaurants and groceries will be reduced. We do need to be vigilant to make sure the CSX bridge is built to provide the link to Metro and the Purple Line.
Janet (Hoff) Ferguson January 20, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Since I lived in Calvert Homes as a child, I'm pretty attached to this property. However, I can see how such valuable land is being wasted and I encourage development even though it breaks my heart. Trains and street cars passing through were part of our lives back then and there were hundreds of small children nearby. CSX can make this work. A grocery store of any kind would be so convenient for a lot of people. The number of housing units is too extreme though--just too many people in too small an area. What about parks and ball fields?? Maybe I'd consider moving back to Riverdale but I suspect this will be a high end development not suitable for retirees:)

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