The Cafritz development attorney Chip Reed came over to the council to update the development plan their proposed development plan.
Though the 36 acre development is in the City of Riverdale Park, but because of its close proximity to College Park, its development has caused enormous interest among City residents and officials.
One of the issues that dominated Wednesday night’s meeting was the traffic issues. According to some preliminary traffic studies, the development may add an estimated 19,000 daily trips to the already congested Route 1 traffic.
There have been some suggestions to build a crossings across the CSX tracks to ease the traffic, however the developer is saying that it would cost some 10 million dollars to build it. Without public financing, this is not possible, according to the developer.
Like Riverale Park, College Park City staff wants to proceed with changing the current zoning from MUI to MUTC (Mixed Use Town Center). The zoning change would allow the development of businesses and town houses in the west part of the site.