Thursday, May 23, 2013
The council also looks to postpone Thursday's county planning board hearing on the plan.
The University Park Town Council voted Wednesday to disapprove the Cafritz development Detailed Site Plan and is requesting that the Prince George's County Planning Board postpone Thursday's hearing on the plan. The council voted 6-0 to disapprove with conditions. Council Member Heidi Sorensen (Ward 5) was absent. This vote comes nine days after the council voted to disapprove the preliminary plan. The planning board approved the preliminary plan May 16. Mayor John Tabori advised that the council approve the DSP but with conditions, saying otherwise, the planning board won't listen to their conditions. "The planning board has shown a willingness to listen to those who say 'We approve it, but we have real concerns,'" Tabori said. "They don'…
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The town council will review the Detailed Site Plans for the proposed Cafritz development.
The University Park Town Council is holding a special session Wednesday night to review and consider the Detailed Site Plan for the proposed development. According to the agenda, the council will review and vote on each condition of the DSP separately. They will also vote on language for a letter of that University Park Mayor John Tabori will read before the Prince George's County Planning Board on Thursday during the hearing on the Cafritz property DSP. Riverdale Park voted in a special session on Saturday to approve the DSP with conditions. College Park voted to disapprove the DSP during its council meeting last week. Wednesday's meeting beings at 7:30 p.m. and is being held in the library of University Park Elementary School. The …
Monday, May 20, 2013
After a nearly three hour Sunday meeting, the Riverdale Park Town Council voted 3-0 to send a letter of support to the county planning board.
After nearly three hours of review and discussion on Sunday, the Riverdale Park Town Council voted unanimously to send a letter to the Prince George's County Planning Board supporting approval with conditions of the Detailed Site Plan for the Cafritz property. The DSP will got before the planning board on Thursday, just one week after it unanimously approved preliminary plans for the development over the objections of both University Park and College Park. "The Riverdale Park Mayor and Town Council felt confident that after an exhaustive review of the DSP, staff comments/referrals, expert and legal testimony, that the applicant has met the requirements necessary to receive our support," wrote Riverdale Park Councilman Jonathan Ebbeler (…
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The Riverdale Park Town Council will discuss the Cafritz development detailed site plan.
Weekend meetings are becoming a regular occurrence for the Riverdale Park Town Council, who are meeting on Sunday at to discuss, you guessed it, the Cafritz development. The Cafritz property is back on the Prince George's County Planning Board agenda on Thursday for a hearing on the Detailed Site Plan (DSP) just one week after preliminary plans were unanimously approved. The council and mayor will convene at 1:30 p.m. in the town hall in a special legislative session to review the Cafritz DSP, make recommendations on the plan and vote to send a letter of either approval or disapproval of the plan to the planning board. The planning board staff has recommened approval of the DSP with conditions.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
After more than 9 hours of testimony, the plan passed unanimously.
Welcome to the live blog of the Prince George's County Planning Board hearing on the preliminary plans of the Cafritz property. 10:49: p.m.: The preliminary plan for the Cafritz property passes the planning board unanimously, 4-0. 10:44 p.m.: Hewlett say she thinks the historic preservation review requirement has been met, as ERCO is intended to be torn town and the J-crossing of the bridge will have even less of an effect on the historic ice house than the previous version of the bridge. She has asked these to be entered into the record as findings. 10:24 p.m.: Hewlett calls for a motion. Council Memeber Manuel Geraldo calls for a motion to approve the Cafritz preliminary plan. Motion is seconded. The planning board will now review …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The measure passed by the council creates boundaries for a new tax district to fund infrastructure improvements.
Prince George's County Council voted 6-2 on Tuesday to approve the boundaries for what will become a special taxing district to fund infrastructure improvements on the proposed Cafritz development in Riverdale Park. The measure was passed over the objections of the University Park Town Council, which voted against supporting the preliminary plan of subdivision for the new Cafritz development on Monday evening. At the Prince George's County Council meeting on Tuesday, University Park Town Councilwoman Arlene Christiansen (Ward 3), raised concerns that the development could cause property tax assessments to rise for nearby properties in her town. Her University Park Town Council colleague, Councilman James Gekas (Ward 2), urged the county…
Members recommended, 5-2-1, that county officials reject the developer's preliminary plan of subdivision.
The College Park City Council voted 5-2-1 Tuesday night to oppose the preliminary plan of subdivision put forward by the Cafritz development team. By doing so, the council joined the University Park Town Council in asking the Prince George's County Planning Board to reject the plan—the next major hurdle in the proposed development of the Cafritz property. In Riverdale Park, where the 37-acre mixed-used project would be located, council members voted 3-0 Saturday to recommend passage of the preliminary plan. Councilmember Stephanie Stullich (Dist. 3), who introduced Tuesday's motion calling for disapproval, cited a range of reasons for her opposition, including: "Critical information was not provided to us or others in this process in the …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Council says several conditions have not been met, though its conclusions are in direct opposition to the county's planning board staff and the Riverdale Park Town Council.
The University Park Town Council Monday unanimously disapproved the Cafritz development preliminary plan, saying several conditions had not been met. The council reviewed its position at a special session Monday night and made more specific its concerns about the development. "Vague objections don't cut it," Mayor John Tabori said. "To simply say we don't like the bridge is not a meaningful objection." The specific conditions the council feels have not been met include: Tabori said several times during the meeting that the council needed to lay out clearly why the council believes the conditions had not been met. The council made clearer its position that the developers hadn't established a funding mechanism for the development even though…
The preliminary plan goes before the Prince George's County Planning Board on Thursday.
Prince George's County has moved once step closer to possibly getting its first Whole Foods last week when—in a report dated May 9—the Prince George's County planning staff recommended approval with conditions of the preliminary plan of the Cafritz property. The approval comes after a recent agreement between UMD and Calvert Tract LLC, in which the University of Maryland granted developers right-of-way to build a CSX bridge, now referred to as the J-crossing, across its property. In January, the planning board staff recommended disapproval of the Cafritz property preliminary plan after developers failed to meet several conditions. Among those was the condition requiring them to secure right-of-way to build across the CSX tracks. …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The Riverdale Park Town Council discussing their approval of the Cafritz development preliminary plan.