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Architect Makes Pitch For Whole Foods In Prince George's County

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Residents of Riverdale Park in Prince George's County are at odds with developers over rezoning
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Residents of Riverdale Park in Prince George's County are at odds with developers over rezoning

Developers pushing a hotly-contested plan to rezone a residential area in Prince George's County continue their pitch this afternoon. The developer's architect brought their plan for a commercial development including a Whole Foods before the Prince George's County Council.

The Cafritz development team wants the Council to rezone the residential part of Riverdale Park for a mixed-use town center. It's currently a wooded area that would be transformed into space for high-end retailers. The Whole Foods it would bring with it would be the first one in the county.

The architect made the case that you don't have to go far to see examples of how developments like this can help turn a community around. He cites the success of shopping centers in Clarendon and Columbia Heights as evidence of how retail can boost property values and increase walkability to nearby Metro stations.

Residents opposed to the development say they fear it will lead more traffic in an already congested area. Nearly 50 concerned citizen showed up to the public hearing on the development April 30 to voice their displeasure with the plan.

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