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.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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 …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The Riverdale Park Town Council discussing their approval of the Cafritz development preliminary plan.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
A rundown of the May 6 special legislative session in Riverdale Park.
Developers have received the required right-of-way to satisfy one of the conditions of the Cafritz property's rezoning.
After several missteps, proposal rejections, and reconfigurations Calvert Tract, LLC has received the required right-of-way to construct a CSX crossing as required by one of the property's conditions of rezoning. In a letter sent to the planning board on Tuesday, UMD agreed to convey property to Calvert Tract LLC that would allow for a reconfigured CSX bridge, referred to as a J-crossing, subject to several conditions. The letter reads: The University believes the Cafritz development will bring an economic benefit to the region and a much-needed amenity to the community. We are pleased to support this important project with an appropriately located right-of-way connection that respects the affected University property. With this letter, …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A total of 176 ballots were cast in the 2013 Riverdale Park municipal elections.
The unsurprising results of Riverdale Park’s 2013 municipal elections are in. All six incumbent candidates for the Riverdale Park Town Council, as well as the mayor have been reelected to serve for another two years after facing no opposition in their respective races. A total of 176 ballots were cast in Monday’s election, though 10 were voided. There were no vote receiving write-in candidates on the ballot. Council Member Alan Thompson (Ward 2) was elected to his third term, securing 42 votes from residents, and has a clear set of goals for the next two years. “I’m looking forward to getting Cafritz approval through and construction started, and continuing to work on economic development and streamlining and improving government …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Some photos from Riverdale Park's 2013 municipal elections.
The town's biennial mayor and town council elections take place on Monday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Residents of Riverdale Park get the chance to do their civic duty on Monday by casting their ballots in the town's biennial elections. Polls open at at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Town Hall, at 5008 Queensbury Rd., will serve as the polling station for all voters. All six council members and the mayor have filed for reelection in 2013. None of the races are contested. Here are the names Riverdale Park residents will see on the election ballots: The votes will be tallied Monday after polls close. Results will be read at the council's regular legislative session Monday night at approximately 9 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Riverdale Park Town Council also heard a presentation on car theft and organized crime.
A Cafritz update and an orgaized crime and car theft presentation dominated discussion at Monday's council work session in Riverdale Park. Cafritz Update There are a few issues to be worked out on the Cafritz development, such as adding a deceleration lane on U.S. Route 1 to the development and whether the streets in the development should be publicly or privately owned, Paul Mortensen, planning consultant, told the mayor and Council. Other issues still needing to be worked out are determining which streets would be one-way streets, and where to add a bike lane. He said the University of Maryland has asked the bridge location be from Van Buren Street and land in the middle of Lafayette Street. Orgnized Crime and Car Theft Presentation …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A brief roundup of Riverdale Park's legislative actions at Monday's meeting.
Riverdale Park could have a new sculpture garden or park at the gateway of the town after the council’s decision to proceed with the processes of acquiring the property known as Jey’s Auto by eminent domain. At last week’s worksession, property owner Jey Edward, his family and several Riverdale Park Residents vociferously objected to the town’s move to legally acquire the long defunct gas station. Members of the Riverdale Park Business Association advocated giving Edward more time to develop the property into something that would conform to the zoning regulations. Riverdale Park Mayor Archer and the council were undeterred, standing by their previous claims that Edward had yet to submit an appropriate plan though he had several years to …