Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Gold's Gym Update:

Good news hanging on my front door when I got home today:


Looks like their website is live as of today as well:

https://www.goldsgym.com/riverdale-park-md/

I plan on joining this weekend...   For now I am leaving the same estimate of March 2018 for the open date but I will update if/when I get new info.

UPDATE:  Apparently the phone number listed goes to another location and they do not know anything about the Riverdale location.   They also are not calling anyone back yet.  So no new info.

UPDATE:  Opening date is set for 3/21/18..  Updated the "Retail Opening Dates" section of the blog.



Sunday, January 7, 2018

Railroad Sound Barrier Wall Update:

In this post from October I mentioned that there are plans to build a sound barrier down by the railroad tracks at some point to help with the train noise.

http://riverdaleparkstation.blogspot.com/2017/10/the-apartments-of-riverdale-park-station.html

As I had said even way up in building #2 the train can be fairly loud at night so the wall should be a welcomed addition to the development.

The developer finally added a note about the wall to their periodic update earlier this week:

"CSX Sound Barrier Wall:
An Agreement was recently executed with CSX to allow the construction of a sound barrier wall along Maryland Avenue north of Wells Run Place. Shirley Contracting anticipates commencement of construction work by the second week of January."

Usually things start later than what their updates say but it's good that it is approved and will begin at some point soon.  I think that (along with warmer weather) will help sell some of those units that are down by the train tracks in building #6.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Washington Post Article

Nice write up about the development around Route 1 in the Washington Post this week:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/university-of-maryland-is-bringing-upscale-hotels-restaurants-to-college-park/2017/12/29/d8542b5a-e510-11e7-a65d-1ac0fd7f097e_story.html

"
At the glitzy, four-month-old Hotel at the University of Maryland, the happy-hour group remarked on the MilkBoy ArtHouse, a hip new restaurant and music venue down Route 1. Just beyond it, in Riverdale Park, luxury townhouses with rooftop decks are selling near a new Whole Foods.
“It seems promising when you look at where College Park is,” Killion said. “There are a lot of cool things happening here.”
"

Sunday, December 31, 2017

General Updates:

Lot's of general updates about Riverdale Park Station I had not had a chance to post:

Burton's finally confirmed an opening date.    We already knew it would be in January but the official date is January 22nd.  Dates are always updated as I know more under the "Retail Opening Dates" tab at the top of this blog.

The sidewalk to Albion Road I had been talking about finally has begun construction 2 weeks ago.  This is how it looks now: 

I am glad they were able to save those two pillars I blogged about earlier here:

https://riverdaleparkstation.blogspot.com/2017/11/mac-alpine-mansion.html

Now you won't have to go in the woods to see them...  Developer is saying the sidewalk will be open in the first quarter of 2018.

Townhouse buildings 5 and 6 are completely finished and folks have moved into both buildings already:



They have not even started on the foundations of any of the future buildings yet.  (7, 8, 9, 10)

Because it usually takes them around one month for the foundation and then another four months once they go vertical to have the units ready to sell, this means even if they start next week it is going to be May 2018 at the very earliest before they have another building to sell.

This is a good thing as in the past 2 months they have only sold one unit.  They still have 3 units for sale in building 5 and 9 units in building 6.   So far they have been holding all the building 6 units from the website and the MLS... except for lot 54 which is the first extended garage   (the 2700 square foot one)

I was very curious what they would be asking for the 2700 square foot one with the recreation room and large second floor terrace.   Turns out that one is listed for $626,847

https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/4710-Van-Buren-St_Riverdale_MD_20737_M63881-67765

There will be 5 of these units when the development is finished but I will be curious to see what they move this first one for.

I think they are dragging their feet a bit here on starting building 7 to give themselves more time to sell the remaining units from building 5 and 6.  By spring selling season I will be very surprised if building 5 and 6 are not sold out.


The playground has been finished for at least a month, but is still locked up:


The developer said expect the locks to come off in mid-December, which means they should come off any day now.

The FedEx Office put their temporary sign up... they will be in 1A...  I am surprised this location went to FedEx office but at least it is leased.



The bridge to the Discovery District looks completed but the developer is saying the work will continue through the first quarter of 2018:



For the 4 story parking garage... they finished the foundation right before Christmas and last week the crane showed up.   The crane has only been here a few days but they are already making good progress.   Remember this building is not supposed to open until the end of 2018 at the earliest.  The first shot is the best overall view of the building and the other two are from the ground:





The developer has said they will begin work on the "Village Green" area that will be between building 6 and building 7.

It's not a huge space but they are supposed to start next month and it will be interesting to see what they do with it.



Happy New Year!

Monday, December 11, 2017

District Taco is here!

Line was to the door at 7:00 PM.... 



I hope the Gold's Gym opens sooner than the planned March 2018 date or I am going to be in trouble with this so close to home...   :)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Update on the sidewalk to Albion Road!

See my post from May of 2017 about the sidewalk to Albion Road:


This was in response to a reader question and the developer said they WOULD be building this sidewalk but here over 7 months later I was starting to wonder if it would ever happen.

They just posted an update today that said:

"
Route 1 Sidewalk:
Construction of the Route 1 sidewalk connecting the Riverdale Park Station development to Albion Road across the WMATA property is expected to start the week of December 4 and be completed by the First quarter of 2018.
"

They have not begun work yet but looks like it should be starting any day now.  

Thursday, November 30, 2017

District Taco to open December 11th

District Taco will open its doors on December 11th. 

I have not seen this posted anywhere yet and wanted to get the good news out.

I will let you know if they decide to have a soft open before December 11th.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Annual Riverdale Park Station HOA meeting

For those of you that live here but do not use Facebook.

The annual home owners association meeting for Riverdale Park Station is being held at the Town Hall of Riverdale Park at 5008 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Maryland 20737 on 11/28 at 7:00 PM.

Come prepared with any questions you may have.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Mac Alpine mansion

A few weeks ago I was walking around Riverdale and saw two very old stone pillars with the names "Calvert" and "Macalpine" carved in them.  (see below) 



Since they appeared well over 100 years old and were almost totally obstructed by growth I was curious....  I searched online and found a very interesting blog post about what they were and the history of the property. 

The pillars marked the entrance to the "Mac Alpine mansion" which was built in 1867 and demolished in the 1970's.

I got the information from a discontinued blog about the Riverdale area from 2007 which has not been updated in 7 years but is still online. 

Read about it here, very interesting!

https://route1growth.wordpress.com/2007/09/14/meet-mac-alpine-or-past-lives-of-the-cafritz-property-part-1/


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Price and Sales Update

Sales have slowed down due to seasonal factors and aggressive price hikes.

Buildings 1-4 are completely sold and almost all of these units have been moved into now.

Building 5 which is slated to be completed in December still has 5 units available.  (1 Parker and 4 Dawsons).   The drywall on this building just went up and these units have been listed in the MLS.

Building 6 which is slated to be completed in January still has 10 of the 13 units remaining for sale.  (see below)


With 5 units from building 5 already listed in the MLS and 10 more set to hit the MLS within another month or so I am not surprised to see them cut prices here especially with winter rapidly approaching.  They did hold the Cassidy price at the same level and still are no longer offering half off on options.

Once building 6 is completed in January, "Phase 1" is completed.   I am expecting a pause before they start on buildings 7-10.

This will be good for the community because it will give them time to sell the inventory they have on the books and also give the retail more time to develop..   I still feel confident District Taco will open this month and Burton's is opening in January.  Also we should see what they have planned for Village Green  (between Building 6 and 7).  I expect a few sculptures will be installed there as the plan call for a "Sculpture Garden" installed there... 

The bridge to the Discovery District should also open in the next few months. 

By the time they are selling "Phase 2" we will be coming out of the winter months and I would not be surprised to see the prices in Riverdale to continue to rise as a lot more things in this community will have came together by then.

In the meantime moving the 14 units during the holiday season/winter may be a challenge for Stanley Martin.

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