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Cafritz Developers Announce Intent to Refile

Calvert Tract, LLC files letter of intent to resubmit their preliminary plan for approval by county planners.

Calvert Tract, LLC, developers of the Cafritz Property in Riverdale Park, have announced their intent to re-file their preliminary plan of subdivision before the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The move comes in the wake of a controversy surrounding a last-minute withdrawal of a previous preliminary plan review application after surrounding municipalities raised concerns about the developer's ability to meet key requirements imposed on the project.

The developers have to wait until at least Feb. 28 before they can file their preliminary plan again, according to University Park Mayor John Tabori, but it will likely be longer than that before the plan is filed. For example, the recently withdrawn preliminary plan was filed four months after developers filed their letter of intent with planning officials. 

According to Riverdale Park Councilor Johnathan Ebbeler (Ward 1), Riverdale Park remains committed to the development process and have asked developers to address the what he termed "shortcomings of the prior application." 

"We remain ever vigilant to ensure the covenant conditions that were fought so hard for are met," said Ebbeler in a statement  We welcome the developer’s continued efforts to meet the performance standards that Riverdale Park and other municipalities expect and will continue to enforce."

Messages left with attorneys for Calvert Tract, LLC were not answered in time for publication. 

Michael B. Cron February 01, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Thank you Mr. Ebbeler! University Park will also continue and with greater resolve to keep an even stronger vigilance regarding all phases of development of the Cafritz property as well. When all of the dust clears and this development is a reality I can safely say that all affected nearby towns and other stake holders will have made sure that this development will be the best it can be!
Jenni Pompi February 01, 2013 at 03:21 PM
How do you feel about developer's intention to refile?
Michael B. Cron February 01, 2013 at 06:37 PM
I have no problem with them refiling as long as they have proof of satisfying all of the covenants and conditions required so that the process goes smoothly. Unless something drastically changes regarding an agreement with Applied Physics or an alternate landing site is secured, it will be a waste of time to refile. No bridge no development.

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