College Park Economic Development Update–July 2009

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CAFRITZ PROPERTY

On December 13, 2008, the developers of the Cafritz Property held a community meeting to discuss changes made to their proposed project. The new plan will include over 900 multi- family units, 200,000 square feet of retail, 36,000 square feet of office, and a 120-room hotel on 36 acres. The project would provide a wooded buffer to neighborhoods to the west and north and set aside a third of the site for green and open space. A hiker biker trail would provide limited access to the Calvert Hills neighborhood and the College Park Metro Station. However, at this time, the project is not deigned to provide vehicular or non- vehicular access to River Road and Kenilworth Avenue to the east. Revision details can be accessed at: http://www.cafritzpop.com/pdf/December_13_2008-Proposed_Plan.pdf. Recently, the developers of the Cafritz property filed a Zoning Map Amendment.

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City Launches Destination College Park Website

In June, the City of College Park officially launched an interactive website to increase the visibility of its local businesses. The new website, located at http://www.shopcollegepark.org, is a one- stop source of up- to- date information on city businesses, events, and attractions.

The website is the culmination of a six- month collaborative effort between the City and the Downtown College Park Management Authority (DCPMA), an organization of merchants in downtown College Park. The developers of the website are Geocentric, a start- up software and map services company, and King Cow, a web & print designers collective. The Anacostia Trails Heritage Area (ATHA), a grassroots organization dedicated to strengthening the image and economy of northern Prince George’s County, provided a matching grant to fund the site.