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Riverdale Park Clears One More Hurdle in Quest for Historic District

By Chris Davis

On December 18, Mayor Michael Herman, Councilmember Cindy Blaschke, and I appeared before the Historic Preservation Commission of the Prince George's County Planning Board to seek the HPC's recommendation for the Riverdale Park and West Riverdale Park Historic Districts.

Riverdale Park was on the same agenda as College Park's Calvert Hills neighborhood, which directly borders Ward 4 on the north, and both municipalities share their historic beginnings at Riversdale, a National Historic Landmark. Howard Berger and Laura Treischmann made abbreviated presentations of those they gave to the town in October and answered questions about the town's history. The HPC received all three proposals enthusiastically and voted unanimously (of those in attendance) to recommend to the state National Register Districts for Calvert Hills, Riverdale Park, and West Riverdale Park.

The next step is state consideration of the two town districts in February.

Chris Davis, Ward 4 Councilmember, is President of the Preservation Association of Riverdale Park.

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