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District Council to Take Up Cafritz Plan July 9

The council's vote will determine whether the Whole Foods-anchored development can move forward.

The long-debated Cafritz rezoning plan will face a watershed moment next week, as the Prince George's County District Council prepares to debate and vote on the proposal this Monday, July 9.

The Council's session is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building (4741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro).

Public hearings on the Cafritz plan—which lasted 30-plus hours over six days— with remarks from residents and attorneys involved in the case.

The Council now must vote on the application before the July 20 deadline, or it will automatically be deemed disapproved.

Under the proposal, a 37-acre parcel on the north end of Riverdale Park would 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 contend the project will spur economic growth and bring a desirable mix of retail and residential development to the area—. 

Critics charge that the plan would impose extreme fiscal, environmental, and traffic pressure on the surrounding communities.

See below for past coverage of the approval process:

District Council

  • May 11: 
  • May 7: 
  • May 4: 
  • April 30: 
  • April 13: 
  • April 11: 

Planning Board

  • Feb. 2: 
  • Jan. 13: 
  • Nov. 17: 

Municipal Boards

  • Jan. 11: 
  • Jan. 11: 
  • Jan. 10: 
Adelphi Sky July 05, 2012 at 03:59 PM
My gut feeling is that it will pass.
Pachacutec July 06, 2012 at 05:03 PM
This has probably been a Done Deal between the developers, politicians, etc., for some time now. Debates and public hearings? Purely for publicity and to make it appear that these people actually care about the residents in the area.
Danny July 06, 2012 at 05:26 PM
right, sure, hours of public testimony over multiple days (after YEARS of planning and prepping) were just for "publicity" (publicity carried out by the county for cafritz' benefit, apparently?). that would make for the least efficient "Done Deal" in the history of the state of maryland. that said, i hope you're right that it is a "Done Deal." as one of the "residents in the area" for whom you're a self-appointed mouthpiece, i applaud what "these people" are trying to do in the community.

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