Press: Plans for Riverdale Park development underway, approved by county council

The project will include a Whole Foods grocery store, retail space, town homes and a hotel By Holly Cuozzo (View FULL STORY online on the Diamondback)

Although College Park representatives initially opposed the Riverdale Park Station construction, the project is now underway after the Prince George’s County Council voted to rezone the land and approve necessary preliminary changes. The project, which began in February, will create a mixed-use development area on Route 1 in Riverdale. The project’s first phase involves building a Whole Foods grocery store, more than 100,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and 22,000 square feet of office space, said Jonathan Ebbeler, Riverdale Park councilman and the city’s Economic Development Committee chairman.

Ebbeler said he hopes to see success from this desire, especially in light of results from a study the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation conducted in 2012. The study found potential for economic success in the area, but also found a variety of constraints such as stagnant income growth, unadjusted for college-aged population growth in and around College Park.

The study also examined the existing and potential future demand for retail development along the Route 1 corridor from the border of Washington to Powder Mill Road, including College Park, Hyattsville, University Park and Riverdale Park.

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