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The Town of University Park University Park is a small, tree-lined community of 915 single family homes and 2300 residents in northern Prince George's County, adjacent to the University of Maryland. Having its own municipal government, University Park provides a traditional "small town" atmosphere with urban convenience and amenities. The Town maintains its own park and recreational facilities, is home to an excellent elementary school, and provides its own police and sanitation services. Through local organizations, residents participate in many town-wide events, which build a strong sense of community, such as the Annual Azalea Classic - which consists of a 5k Run/Walk, 1 mile Challenge Run, and the Val Creighton Memorial 1k Family Fun Run. Tree-lined, quiet streets, a large wooded park, and well tended lawns reflect the residents' pride in their community.

The town is located adjacent to the southern edge of the University of Maryland, is about three miles south of the Capital Beltway, two miles from Washington, D.C., and less than a mile from two Metro stations. It provides easy access for commuters, and an ideal location for the local worker.

Listed for the second time by Washingtonian Magazine as one of "The Best Places To Live in Prince George's County," the Town has traditionally attracted many professionals working for the University of Maryland, the public sector, and private business.

Construction Update Notice for the Weeks of November 6, 2017 thru the week of November 13, 2017
Attachment:  11-749-1509982849.pdf
Category: Town News
Published By: Tracey Toscano
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2017

Riverdale Park Station
Weeks of: November 6, 2017 thru the week of November 13, 2017

What to Expect On-Site the Next Two Weeks:
The site and buildings General Contractor, L.F. Jennings, will continue site construction in multiple areas. Washington Gas Light (WGL), Verizon, Comcast, WSSC and Pepco are completing the installation of utility services to each new building. The base paving for the new road construction throughout the site is substantially complete. Construction of the new commercial Buildings #1 & 2 is complete and the tenant fit-out work in these buildings is on-going. Construction of the new commercial Building #4 and the tot-lot playground at the North end of the Hiker-Biker trail will be substantially complete in the next two weeks.

Retail Tenants:
MOD (“Made on Demand”) Pizza recently joined our roster of retail tenants open for business. It has enjoyed rave reviews across the country which in part accounts for its blockbuster growth over the past two years. Soon to join that roster is District Taco who we anticipate will open their doors within the next two weeks.

The construction of the 119 townhomes is well underway. The last two blocks of townhomes in phase one are along Rhode Island Avenue and 47th Street. The remaining townhouses along Woodberry Street are expected to be completed by the end of this month with the residents moving in the first week of November. Phase one construction is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year. Currently, 45 townhomes have been sold.

Parking Structure Progress:
CBG Building Company has begun construction on the new multi-level parking structure on parcel E – the building 5 pad site. The concrete placement began on November 1st. Over the next two weeks, work will continue on the lower level footing for the garage and upper level footings on the west elevation.

Art & Artifacts:
The installation of the first artwork in Gateway Park – “Soul of Words” by the Spanish Artist Jaime Plensa – is complete. Noted for his outdoor works of significant scale, Plensa’s other works include the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago, Blake in Gateshead in northeast England and Dream, a 66’-0” sculpture located in Sutton, St Helens, Merseyside, England.

In addition to the Plensa work, an ERCO “Ercoupe” was installed last week over the Icehouse on Van Buren Street. The Icehouse Ercoupe is 1 of approximately 4,300 such planes manufactured in 1946 at the ERCO plant located immediately across the CSX tracks from Riverdale Park Station. Many of the ERCO employees who worked in that plant and responsible for the airplane’s assembly lived in houses that once stood on the site of Riverdale Park Station. After residing at the Compton/Woodley Airport in southern California for many years, we are delighted to bring the Icehouse Ercoupe back home to Riverdale Park.

CSX Crossing:
The closure of the former ERCO plant parking lot between the Rivertech Court cul-de-sac and Lafayette Avenue will continue until the new bridge is open – estimated to be in the First quarter of 2018.

The bridge builder, Shirley Contracting, continues to build the sidewalks and barrier along the retaining walls and the bridge deck. Construction on the retaining wall system on the east and west abutment has been completed. Earthwork and drainage operations continue adjacent to the former ERCO plant. Asphalt placement has begun on both the east and west approaches to the bridge. This work will continue through the Fourth quarter of 2017. The construction will be monitored to assure compliance with County work hours and noise regulations.

Free Daily Shuttle:
Riverdale Park Station features a FREE daily shuttle from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. It runs every 15 minutes between Riverdale Park Station, College Park Metro Station and Prince George’s Plaza Metro Station. The shuttle stop is located near the main entrance to the Whole Foods Market. Use it for quick and easy access to work, shopping, recreation and regional transit. Visit for more details.

Temporary Hiker/Biker Trail is open!
The temporary Hiker-Biker pathway through Riverdale Park Station connecting the existing Trolley Trail to Riverdale Park and College Park is open. Signs and construction fencing has been installed around the site marking the temporary hiker-biker trail route. The site plan below indicates the temporary hiker/biker route.
Hikers and bikers should watch for and follow these detour signs:

Work Hours:
Work activity will be taking place Monday – Sunday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Contact Information:
For any construction related concerns, please contact Mark Regulinski of Calvin Cafritz Enterprises at 202/248-5806 or email at

For Stanley Martin townhome information, please contact Brea DePina at 703/939-7039 or email at
Picture Below: Gateway Park – “Soul of Words” by the Spanish Artist Jaime Plensa
Picture Below: View of Bear Square and 45th Street from Whole Foods Market

Picture Below: Concrete Placement for new Parking Structure on Parcel E
Picture Below: An ERCO “Ercoupe” Installed Over the Icehouse on Van Buren Street

Attachment:  11-749-1509655571.pdf
Category: Town News
Published By: Tracey Toscano
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2017

Riverdale Park Station

Route through Riverdale Park Station Provides Connection for Trail

A temporary hiker-biker trail through Riverdale Park Station connecting the existing Trolley Trail to Riverdale Park and College Park is open. Signs and construction fencing has been installed around the site marking the temporary hiker-biker trail route.

The Riverdale Park Station portion of the permanent Trolley Trail has been deeded to M-NCPPC’s Department of Parks and Recreation who, in conjunction with the Town of Riverdale Park, will manage and maintain the trail. The Riverdale Park Station team will continue to work with M-NCPPC to open the permanent Trolley Trail for use by the public once it can be determined that site conditions are suitably safe from dangers associated with the immediately adjacent construction activities.

Newest Little Free Library is Installed
Attachment:  11-927-1509040429.JPG
Category: Town News
Published By: Andrea Marcavitch
Publish Date: 26-Oct-2017

Our third and newest Little Free Library has been installed by the Tot Lot. The artwork was done by resident Terisa Flick and inspired by the children's book, "Oh, The Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss. Thanks to the University Park Civic Association for their partnership in this project. To view more pictures of the library, go to the Town's Official Twitter account, @UPTown_MD or click on the link,

Letter submitted to Prince George's Planning Board concerning Cafritz Secondary Amendment
Attachment:  11-749-1415305538.pdf
Category: Cafritz Blog
Published By: Tracey Toscano
Last Updated By: Tracey Toscano
Last Updated: 6-Nov-2014
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2014

Attached is the letter the Town submitted to the Prince George's County Planning Board at the hearing on November 6, 2014 concerning the application of Calvert Tract, LLC, for Secondary Amendment SA-130001-01 and DSP-13009-03, for the Cafritz Property at Riverdale Park.

Presentation of the Cafritz Property at Riverdale Park Station
Attachment:  11-749-1414001765.pdf
Category: Cafritz Blog
Published By: Tracey Toscano
Last Updated By: Tracey Toscano
Last Updated: 22-Oct-2014
Publish Date: 22-Oct-2014

The Cafritz team showed this presentation at the Town Council meeting on October 20, 2014.

The attached presentation includes information on the following topics: storm water, Gateway Park, and the construction schedule.

Presentation attached.

Cafritz Oversight & Monitoring Committee will meet on Wednesday, Feb 26 at 7:30pm at Town Hall
Attachment:  11-749-1392934606.pdf
Category: Cafritz Blog
Published By: Tracey Toscano
Publish Date: 20-Feb-2014

The Cafritz Oversight and Monitoring Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:30pm at Town Hall to discuss the following items:

I. Committee will review incoming materials to assess compliance with all conditions including:

A. The State Highway Administration approval of a design for the Van Buren/Route intersection.
B. The funding for the CSX crossing.

The committee will report its findings to the Town Council.

II. Planning for future agendas.

This meeting is open; the public is welcome to attend.

Agenda attached.

Marvin R Blumberg Company Presentation; Revised Landy Property Phase I Design Plan
General Information: Attached is the presentation by the Marvin R. Blumberg Company, on their revised plan for the Landy Property Development Project, Phase I Design.
Attachment:  11-749-1354814024.pdf

Mosaic at Turtle Creek
Comments Deadline: 30-Oct-2008
General Information: This project involves building 300 condos(multi-family dwelling units) behind the U of MD business school off Mowatt Lane in College Pk and into the undeveloped land behind Coll. Hgts Estates.
The Planning Board will be taking this up for discussion on Thursday October 30, 2008 in the 1st Floor Council Hearing Room in the County Admin Bldg, 14741 Gov. Oden Bowe Drive. If you have any questions, please contact the development review board at 301.952.3530. The application number is Mosaic @Turtle Creek DSP-0800/DPLS-336/DDS-587

Route 1 Corridor Sector Plan
General Information: The following was written by UP resident Michelle Hermanson and posted on the website

If, like me, you were curious as to the rationale for the sector plan update, here’s the short version. The City of College Park requested that M-NCPPC revisit the sector plan to better address development concerns such as architectural guidelines, building height and other issues. To quote the project site:

Unanticipated development pressure in the area and an inadequate transportation system has resulted in conditions at odds with the recommendations and design standards of the current plan.

Updated Boundaries
On September 17 at a community meeting in College Park, M-NCPPC planner and project manager Chad Williams announced revised boundaries for the update to the US 1 Corridor Sector Plan. The new boundaries will stop at Guilford Road, the southern edge of College Park, and will not include the Cafritz property, portions of University Park or Riverdale Park. In response to opposition from the University Park Town Council and other county officials, this area was dropped from the plan. The northern boundaries of the proposal remain unchanged and have expanded beyond the 2002 sector plan.

Understanding the Process
You maybe be wondering: what’s the process and how does the community fit in? The US 1 Corridor Sector Plan will follow an 18-month planning cycle. The College Park community meeting was part of the pre-planning phase, presumably to hear initial public comment.

So what’s next? This week, there’s the Planning Board initiation to formally begin the project. In two months, December 5-10 (location TBD), there will be a series of open design meetings (called a charrette) where community members can make specific recommendations. This is our best opportunity to express specific ideas and concerns about development along US 1.

Next summer, there will be public hearings on the first draft of the plan and the following spring (2010) the proposal will go before the county council for approval. The project web site has more information on the process and schedule.

And The Next Meeting is…
On Thursday, October 2 in Upper Marlboro, the Planning Board will initiate the US 1 Corridor Sector Plan. What is this, you ask, and is it important for the community to attend? This is a regular meeting of the Planning Board and the Sector Plan will be one of many issues discussed. Can the public comment on the proposal to the full planning board? Yes. If you would like to speak, please contact the Planning Board at 301-952-3560 to ensure adequate time is added to the agenda.

This excerpt from the RFP for this project summarizes the public outreach plan; hopefully a more complete plan will be available after the project’s formal initiation. The full RFP appears here, skip to page 10 for the meat of the request.–Michelle H.

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