'Fabricated' Letters of Support Dog DC Area Redevelopment

An effort to bring jobs and the first Whole Foods to Prince George's County confronts rezoning debates and backhanded tactics.

A new development slated to bring 1,920 full time construction and 464 full time retail and food service jobs, 995 units of housing, 22,000 square feet of office space, 168,000 square feet of retail, a 120 room hotel, and the first Whole Foods market to Maryland's second most populous and largely African-American County has stalled because of what City Council members are calling fabricated letters.

The Cafritz family redevelopment plan, which aimes to rezone a 36-acre residential area at the intersection of three municipalities in Prince George's County, has its supporters and opponents among political leaders in University Park, Riverdale Park and College Park, home to the University of Maryland and IKEA.

Supporters believe redevelopment will be an economic boon for the area and create new jobs while attracting high-end retail once Whole Foods settles in. Opponents do not believe the plan follows smart growth principles with the redevelopment zone being more than a mile away from public transport and increased traffic on the adjacent Route 1 becoming an issue.

After the PG County planning department rejected a detailed Cafritz proposal last month, after having approved the rezoning earlier in 2012, Cafritz's attorney submitted letters of support for the plan from three influential local players to a recent University Park City Council meeting. Without signatures of approval from their purported authors, the letters have thrown another wrench in the redevelopment debate.

Full Story: Letters submitted by developer’s attorney cause discord in Prince George’s County

Comments

Build Your Own Paper Block City

Urban Fold is an all-inclusive kit that allows anyone to build the city of their dreams with a few simple folds.
$24.95
building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25

Stay thirsty, urbanists

These sturdy water bottles are eco-friendly and perfect for urbanists on the go.
$19.00
Book cover of Where Things Are from Near to Far

Where Things Are From Near to Far

This engaging children's book about planning illustrates that "every building has its place."
$19.95