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M-NCPPC Final Staff Report 12-2-11

M-NCPPC Final Staff Report 12-2-11

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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning CommissionPrince George
s County Planning DepartmentDevelopment Review Division301-952-3530
 Note:
Staff reports can be accessed at www.mncppc.org/pgco/planning/plan.htm.
Primary Amendment to the Town of Riverdale ParkMixed-Use Town Center Zone Development Plan A-10018
Application General DataProject Name
:Cafritz Property, Parcel 81Tax Map 42, Grid D-1
Location:
Approximately 1,400 feet north of the intersectionsof Baltimore Avenue (US 1) and East-WestHighway (MD 410), on the east side of BaltimoreAvenue.
Applicant/Address:
Calvert Tract, LLC1666 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.Suite 250Washington, DC 20009Planning Board Hearing Date: 12/15/11Staff Report Date: 12/02/11Date Accepted: 10/14/11Planning Board Action Limit: 01/29/11Plan Acreage: 37.35 acresZone: R-55Planning Area: 68Tier: DevelopedCouncil District: 03Election District 19Municipality:
Riverdale Park and CollegePark 
200-Scale Base Map: 208NE04
Purpose of Application Notice Dates
Primary amendment to the Town of Riverdale Park Mixed-Use Town Center Zone Development Planand rezoning from the R-55 Zone to the M-U-TCZone.Informational Mailing: 08/17/11Newspaper Posting: 11/10/11Acceptance Mailing: 10/14/11Sign Posting Deadline: 11/15/11
Staff RecommendationStaff Reviewer:
Susan Lareuse
Phone Number:
301-952-4277
E-mail:
Susan.Lareuse@ppd.mncppc.org
APPROVALAPPROVAL WITHCONDITIONSDISAPPROVAL DISCUSSIONX
 
THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITALPARK AND PLANNING COMMISSIONPRINCE GEORGE
S COUNTY PLANNING BOARDSTAFF REPORTSUBJECT: Primary Amendment to the Town of Riverdale Park Mixed-Use Town Center Zone and Development PlanA-10018
 — 
Cafritz Property, Parcel 81Tax Map 42, Grid D-1The applicant has prepared the primary amendment to the 2004
Town of Riverdale Park  Mixed-Use Town Center Zone Development Plan.
The following staff report presents the evaluation andfindings supporting a recommendation for Planning Board APPROVAL WITH CONDITIONS asdescribed in the Recommendation section of this report.FINDINGS1.
Request:
The owner of the property, Cafritz LLC, is requesting the rezoning of the property fromthe One-Family Detached Residential (R-55) Zone to the Mixed-Use Town Center (M-U-TC)Zone. This request proposes to expand the Town of Riverdale Park Mixed-Use Town CenterZone Development Plan to include an additional 37.35 acres located along the northern boundaryof the eastern portion of the existing mixed-use town center. The applicant is also requesting anamendment to the 2004
 Approved Town of Riverdale Park Mixed-Use Town Center Zone Development Plan
in order to accommodate the proposed development.2.
Development Data Summary:
 
EXISTING PROPOSED
Zone R-55 M-U-TCUse(s) Vacant Commercial and ResidentialAcreage 37.35 37.35
Proposed Development as shown on the Development Plan
Office 17,600
 – 
26,400 S.F.Retail/Flex 134,560
 – 
201,840 S.F.Residential (All Unit Types) 1,028,000
 – 
1,542,200 S.F.Hotel 96,720
 – 
145,080 S.F.
Total Square Footage 1,276,880
 – 
1,915,320 S.F.
 
2 A-10018
Floor Area Ratio (FAR):
Gross tract area: 37.34 acresFloodplain: 0.06 acresNet Acreage: 37.28 acres37.2851 acres x 43,560 S.F. = 1,624,138 S.F.FAR = 0.85-
 – 
1.27
Dwelling Units:
Multifamily 895Housing 641Age Restricted 224Scholar Housing 30Townhomes 100
Total 995 unitsApplicant
s Note:
 
The development program is flexible. The above program was utilized tocalculate approximate floor area ratio (FAR) and traffic volumes. However, amount of varioususes in the overall development program may be adjusted, as long as the peak-hour traffic tripsare not exceeded.
 3.
Location:
The Town of Riverdale Park Mixed-Use Town Center (M-U-TC) Zone is located inthe Town of Riverdale Park, Council District 3, Planning Area 68, within the Developed Tier, asdefined by the 2002
Prince George
’ 
s County Approved General Plan
. More specifically, theproperty is located approximately 1,400 feet north of the intersections of Baltimore Avenue(US 1) and East-West Highway (MD 410), on the east side of Baltimore Avenue. The majority of the subject property is located within the Town of Riverdale Park, but a small portion in thenortheast lies within the City of College Park.4.
Existing Conditions:
This 37.35-acre site in the R-55 zone is located on the east side of Baltimore Avenue (US 1) where it intersects with Van Buren Street. A review of availableinformation indicates that streams, wetlands, and steep slopes 15 percent or greater are not foundto occur within the limits of this application. A small area of 100-year floodplain is found on thesite. The CSX right-of-way is adjacent to the eastern boundary of the site and has been identifiedas a transportation-related noise generator with potential vibration impacts. The soils found tooccur on the site, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDS), NationalResource Conservation Service (NRCS) Web Soil Survey (WSS), are in the Christiana, Croom,and Beltsville series. According to information obtained from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Program, there are no rare, threatened, or endangered speciesfound to occur in the vicinity of this property. There are no designated scenic and historic roadslocated adjacent to this property; however, a Phase I archeological survey was completed on thesubject property in March 2008 and there are archeological features on the site. This property islocated in the Northeast Branch watershed of the Anacostia River basin. The site is approximately90 percent wooded, with two areas of the woodland identified as high-priority woodlands.5.
Surrounding Uses:
 North
 — 
Vacant property owned by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority(WMATA) in the R-55 Zone

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