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M Square Detail Site Plan Up for Vote Tuesday

The development that will become the home of UMd. and other private businesses' office space, is up for vote in Riverdale Park.

Riverdale Park's council are set to vote on another large development in town Tuesday when they meet for their legislative session.

The 2 million square-foot M Square development could become an office park that spans two towns - Riverdale Park and College Park - if the District Council votes in favor of the project. But first, Riverdale Park must vote on whether or not it'll approve the project. They can also decide to add conditions for their approval, which would later be considered by the county before their vote.

In June, the town's hired planner, Claire Sale, recommended a few changes to M Square's design, which included pedestrian- and bike-friendly amenities, access to the MARC train station and UMd. Shuttle and to create more of a campus-like feel on the property.

Council had the summer to review the plan and determine how they might vote on the detailed site plan.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. at 5008 Queensbury Road.

Corey in Riverdale Park September 03, 2011 at 12:58 PM
Why not utilize the brand new NOAA Building that has been empty for years? What's up with that? There were gorgeous woodlands there that were cleared to build the Noah's Ark look-alike. Seems like poor planning to me to keep clearing woodlands to build new buildings that are then neglected and abandoned.
Sarah Wayland September 03, 2011 at 01:08 PM
To be clear, the council will be discussing only part of the project - the development that includes the three buildings + parking garage northwest of the USDA building and across the street from the American Center for Physics. There will be approximately 1000 new people working in those three buildings.
Michael Bagley September 03, 2011 at 02:35 PM
I'm against loosing so much of the forest when like Corey stated there are so many empty buildings still around.
Sarah Wayland September 03, 2011 at 02:43 PM
Michael & Corey, while I agree with you about losing the woodlands, the woodlands are already gone. These buildings would go where there's a big pile of dirt right now. And they are planning to plant >100 trees as part of the site plan, though I know that's nothing akin to a woodland. Also, Corey, apparently the NOAA building is finally moving forward, they are anticipating occupation in 1.5 years.
Michael Bagley September 03, 2011 at 05:30 PM
I have no problem with this phase, i'm looking farther down the line at phase 2 and 3 as well as the future section north of the pond

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