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Riverdale residents are split over plans to build a town center in their quiet town.
Armando Trull
Riverdale residents are split over plans to build a town center in their quiet town.

Riverdale Park is a quiet little town near Hyattsville in Prince George's County. But a 37-acre parcel of land that's currently zoned for single-family homes could become a town center instead.

The plan includes 900 apartments and town homes, retail and office space, a 120-room hotel, and a Whole Foods grocery store.

Developers have already won tentative approval from the county zoning board, but critics say the plan would severely impact the quality of life of nearby communities by adding more traffic congestion, more pollution, and even more expenses for local governments.

Proponents and critics go head to head today at another council hearing.

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