Monday, June 18, 2018

July 11th is another big day for Riverdale Park Station

We all are looking forward to the bridge opening on June 22nd, but we have another date to look forward to here at Riverdale Park Station.

Both Habit Burger and Jersey Mike's have gotten back to me and confirmed their planned opening date is July 11th!

So we are less than a month away for both!

I am very excited about both of these new options.

As always you can see the current Retail Opening Dates on the fourth tab of this blog.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Bridge to Discovery District to open on June 22nd and other items

Mayor Alan Thompson announced just after lunch today that the bridge from Riverdale to the Discovery District would FINALLY open on June 22nd.

Considering this opening has been delayed since Fall of 2017 it's great that this is finally moving forward.

Bella Beach Spa looks like it is getting close to being ready to open.   I have not heard anything back from them it but looks to be less than a month away at this point.

Jersey Mikes just also added some temporary signage.. 

Jersey Mike's had told me they would open near the end of the second quarter of 2018 and right now it is looking like July or so.   I reached out to them again.  Habit Burger looks to be at just about the same point as Jersey Mikes and also looks to be a July opening.

After these openings all we will be waiting on will be Denizens which is not opening until the end of 2018.   Will need some more retail lease signing announcements soon.    I think they will be coming with the bridge opening and the Village square grass growing Riverdale is finally coming to life.

One last update is the first apartment building construction will not begin until the start of 2019.  This is the 230 unit apartment I have blogged about a few times over the past year...

Here is my post from October 2017:

I know a few folks have asked me in the comments section when these would open as they were looking to live in the apartments so sorry for the bad news.

With the delays in getting this started along with the 18-24 month construction time the apartments here will probably not actually be ready for tenants until 2021.  This delay may be hindering the retail commitments and is probably the main reason all of the retail spots are not leased already with the strong lineup that is already here.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Town Center of Riverdale Park

One area of Riverdale Park that has a lot of potential but currently has next to nothing is the Town Center of Riverdale Park. 

Currently I refer to it as the "Scooby Doo Ghost Town" as there are spaces for at least 15 businesses here and currently only a Bikram Yoga, a hair salon and Town Center Market are actually open down there.

Right now it looks like a quaint town that has been abandoned for a long time:

Bob Harper's Book's was also open when we moved in but has also recently closed.

Here is a good shot of just the newer buildings from the developers website:

They built these new buildings in 2007 but it does not seem like they have had much success.   But I think that is about to change...

The MARC station is here, they are building a Capital Bike Share here and the Hiker Biker trail runs right through the center of this development... And now that the Hiker Biker trail is actually open and running all the way through Hyattsville and College Park I think this is a game changer for this area...

Plus this town center is only a 0.8 mile walk from my house and will be something like a 0.3 mile walk for the folks in the last building of Riverdale Park Station.   Riverdale Park Station will have 119 townhomes finished and probably sold by the first quarter of 2019.   When you add in the three apartment buildings that will also eventually be there and the hotel and everything else I think businesses that can survive in this area until Riverdale Park Station really gets spun up will be rewarded.

In February 2018 Douglas Development announced a Vietnamese Restaurant called Banana Blossom Bistro had signed a lease for the large corner building (2600 square feet, in the picture above)

Then on May 15th 2018 the Route One Fun blog broke the news that Riviera Tapas Bar would be coming across the street...

Thanks Sarah B from for getting that news 10 days before anyone else.

Seems this little downtown area is starting to come together.   I personally love Vietnamese food and can't wait for Banana Blossom to open.   Both restaurants are supposed to open this summer but from the looks of the Tapas bar location as of yesterday they may have longer to go before they open. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Price and Sales Update

Good news on the sales front for Riverdale Park Station.

They have sold all but one remaining Dawson in buildings 5 and 6 (Lots 40-59) so that means only one completed unit remains for sale.

Building 7 and 8 (Lots 60 - 89) which will probably be completed by the end of the Summer (August/September) and already ALL the Cassidy units have sold even with the $543,000 BASE price tag.   When you consider that the Cassidy's are all end units and also require large add on's to price that are not even optional along with the selected options these are probably all selling in the upper 500's now.   Back when there was only a $25,000 difference between a Cassidy and a Parker (in March 2017) I wrote a blog about how this pricing was totally out of wack and they needed to raise the price of a Cassidy here:

At that point they had sold all the Cassidy's already and had a 12 person waiting list for Cassidy's and building 3 had not started yet.

Now that there is a $73,000 difference between just the base price of a Parker and a Cassidy along with an additional 35k of options you need to add for a Cassidy the pendulum has may have swung too far the other way.

Although everything I wrote in that blog is still true and the advantages of the Cassidy are still there we are now talking 187 square feet extra for $100,000 now.  But the market is speaking and folks want the extras like the 2 car garage and bigger master closet and extra bedroom and are willing to pay for them...

In addition to all the Cassidy's (8 units) 2 Dawson's and 3 Parker's have also sold in Building 7 and 8.

That means in Building 7 and 8 currently 13 out of 29 units have sold  (16 units remain, all Parker's and Dawson's).

I found out that the lots in building 9 and 10 are not released for sale yet  (Lots 90 - 119).   Seems they are following the same strategy as earlier where they will not sell unless they are at least 6 months from being ready and the foundation work still has not begun on those buildings.

The pricing has stayed at roughly the same level since Fall of 2017 aside from another $5000 bump in Cassidy's in March of 2018

The pricing history on the smallest floor plan (Dawson) has been:

12/9/16:               $415,000
1/22/16:               $425,000
3/2/17:                 $430,000 
3/28/17:               $440,000
6/5/17:                 $443,000
11/5/17:               $440,000

 The pricing history on the middle floor plan (Parker) has been:

12/9/16:               $440,000
1/22/16:               $450,000
3/2/17:                 $455,000
3/28/17:               $470,000
6/5/17:                 $473,000
10/1/17:               $483,000
11/5/17:               $470,000

 The pricing history on the largest floor plan (Cassidy) has been:

12/9/16:               $465,000
1/22/16:               $475,000
3/2/17:                 $480,000
3/28/17:               $495,000
6/5/17:                 $518,000
8/25/17:               $537,490
3/1/18:                 $543,000

Friday, May 18, 2018

Big weekend for area surrounding Riverdale Park Station

Not too much news in Riverdale Park Station itself but lots of news this weekend in walking distance.

In Riverdale Park Station News:

  • The bridge to the Discovery District that was supposed to open by Mother's Day (May 13th) has been delayed to Fathers Day (June 17th).  Given that we were first told this would open in late 2017 I am just glad the delays are getting shorter now.   Seems it may actually open in the June/July timeframe.
  • They are bringing back the Friday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM live music series at Bear Square starting on June 1st!   I went to a lot of these last year and they had some good local bands and it was not very crowded.  Glad they are bringing this back.

In close walking distance news:

  • The new large playground at University Park Elementary school across the street from Riverdale Park Station opens tomorrow morning (5/19/18) at 10:00 AM.  We walked over here last weekend and it is a pretty impressive playground and only a 5 minute walk from our house.

  • Captial Bikeshare is finally opening and Riverdale Park Station gets a stop right in front of Whole Foods.

You can see from that map all of the "Future Stations" listed and how much more useful it will be once those are opened.   I have learned the reason they are not opening at College Park Metro now is College Park has a contract with Zagster that runs until Spring of 2019.  At least we can use it to ride down to Hyattsville.   Apparently 3 years ago when College Park signed the deal with Zagster it was looking like Captial Bikeshare would not succeed   You can read about that here:

I'm betting College Park realizes they have made a mistake and Zagster goes away in favor of Capital Bikeshare.   As I posted earlier I am a big fan of Captial Bikeshare...

  • Red Door Spa Opens this weekend at the Hotel at University of Maryland.
Less than a mile north the four star Hotel at the University of Maryland is getting a 5 star spa.  The Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa opens it's doors tomorrow.

  • Cava Grill opening in this Summer at College Park Shopping Center
I am a huge fan of Cava and have been going to the Union Station location since it opened.  The Diamondback first broke the story here:

I've been using College Park Shopping Center quite a bit since living here as it is only a 0.7 mile walk.  This is a great addition.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Construction Update

Building #8 finally has went vertical as of 4/25/18

Given the normal time for them to finish these units we are probably looking at September for closings in this building.

Building #7 just started adding exterior brickwork...

This building should have closings in the early August timeframe.

Although the units from buildings 7 and 8 are selling well there are still 6 units remaining for sale in building 5 and 6  (4 Dawson's and 2 Parker's).   Seems folks really like to choose their upgrades and are willing to wait in order to do so.

One piece of disappointing news is the soundwall is completed.   It will only be for building 9 and 10 and the rest of the community will not benefit from it.  At least at some point they are planning apartment buildings down there that should muffle the sound a bit.

They opened a surface parking lot near where the Hyatt hotel eventually will be, although it has been open a week and I have yet to see a single person parking there, at least this gives more parking options.

Cafritz is saying the bridge to the Discovery District should finally open around May 13th.. so only 15 more days to go.   Getting this bridge open would really help me personally and I also think it would be a great help to the community, so lets hope they are correct about the date.

As mentioned earlier they decided to raise the parking deck from 4 stories to 6 stories... as of yesterday they finished placing all of the large precast pieces and the parking deck is now 6 stories.  It is still a long way from being completed and the apartment building and retail that will connect and wrap around this building has not begun as of yet.

In more important news, two more retail locations have moved from "for rent" to "under negotiation" just recently. 

Those spaces are location 2B.2 (1,471 square feet) and location 4E.1 (2,100 square feet)

See the updated map below:

And even better.. a link to the PDF where you can zoom in here:

I was told one of those two locations would be announced to the public within the next month.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Azalea Classic and Weekly Riverdale Park Farmers Market

Two items that readers have contacted me about posting to this blog:

1.  Azalea Classic:

This weekend there is a run through University Park.
It is called the Azalea Classic and they have a 1k, 1 mile and 5k run.
This run is raising money for University Park Elementary School.

Sign up to run on Saturday, April 21st here:

It's going to be perfect running weather on Saturday morning, sunny and in the mid-50's and its for a good cause.

2.   Riverdale Park Weekly Farmers Market:

Every Thursday from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM there is a Farmers Market next to the Riverdale MARC station.   (6204 Rhode Island Avenue)

Every week they have different vendors and music acts.

Here is an example of what they have to offer from today's Riverdale Park Farmers Market:

Get your great Ever Crisp, Crimson Crisp, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Cameo, Ginger Gold,  Granny Smith, Nittany, York apples & Asian Pear; free range hen eggs; radishes, spinach, onions, yellow onions; potatoes, arugula & salad mix; sweet potatoes, swiss chard, microgreens and other crops while they last.  Apples, fresh and hard cider, apple sauce, pastured meats, raw milk cheeses, fresh goat cheese, exotic mushrooms, free range hen & duck eggs, and more while we enjoy the changing seasons. Don't miss it!  Evening hours are fun at the market! We look forward to seeing you every Thursday from 3 to 7 PM @ Riverdale Park’s Town Center (across from the Riverdale MARC train station).

Today's lineup includes the following vendors:
·  McCleaf’s Orchard
·  Barajas Produce
·  King Mushrooms
·  Cat’s Paw Farm
·  Simple Pleasures Ice Cafe
·  Old Smokey’s BBQ
·  Tenth Ward Distillery - out of Frederick
·  Dimitri’s Olive Oil
·  Stone Hearth Bakery
·  Nan & Neek’s Seasonings
·  I Confect - New Seafood Gumbo & Crab Mac & Cheese
·  Flour Uprising - Delicious Asian style pastries!
·  Roy & RT’s Kitchen
·  El Piquin  (Mexican food)

Music Acts: (UpHill River).
Kid Fun: Sidewalk chalk.

Barajas Produce starts next week..

Groff’s Content Farm offers great quality sustainably raised beef, pork, chicken and lamb and is featuring their amazing Chicken Pot Pie on their ready to warm up menu.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Denizens Brewing Company to Riverdale Park Station

In the first new retail announcement since I started this blog in February of 2017...

Denizens Brewing Company is coming to Riverdale Park Station!

It will be a production facility with adjoining 150 seat tap room.

See the article here:

Denizens has said this will open late this year!

Update:  I have confirmation that they will be located in space 4C... see the map here:

PS:  Why do folks keep calling Riverdale Hyattsville?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Inside Gold's Gym at Riverdale

Gold's Gym Riverdale is open!

Sidewalk is open and Playground is also open. 
(see post from Sunday, 3/18/18 here:

Riverdale Park Station is finally starting to come together!

Here are some pictures from inside the gym.  Thanks to my neighbor Josh who sent me some of these pictures.

View from up the stairs:

Gym Floor Pictures:

Cardio Area:

Cycle Room:

Fitness floor:

Kids Club:

Locker Room:


And as a reminder the layout of the gym:

My overall impression is the gym is MUCH bigger than I was expecting just from looking at the building.   It is very spacious inside.   There are some areas that seem like wasted space to me... but overall I am pretty happy with the gym.  Especially since I can see my house from half of the cardio machines.  :)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Construction Update (Sidewalk and Playground Open Edition)

Lots of positive developments at Riverdale Park Station:

First off as I posted on Monday (3/12) and the week earlier the trail was reopened on Wednesday.

They installed some new solar powered lighting:

And installed some bollards:

They also closed off Van Buren Street, in my opinion this makes sense.  (see below)

And re-closed the area between building 3 and building 4 so that folks need to use the path they intended.

They finally put fencing around the construction at the parking deck...   They are bringing back a bigger crane in order to make the parking deck go from the originally planned 4 stories to 6 stories.

Even more parking for the community will be a good thing...

Other items of importance are the Route 1 sidewalk is opened and the playground is no longer locked.

Here are some pictures of the completed sidewalk:

(I love how they used the old pillars from my previous post

And the now opened playground... both doors were open and the closed sign was removed.

So a lot of items we have been awaiting for quite some time here in Riverdale are finally completed.

They just went vertical on Building 7 as well:
(see this post for building numbers:

They also just started on the Building 8 foundation work.

Looks like Building 7 will probably be completed around July with building 8 being done soon after.

Next post will be from inside Golds Gym at Riverdale which opens in in 3 days on Wednesday 3/21/18!