The Prince George’s County Planning Board voted late Thursday to approve key elements of a project that would include the county’s first Whole Foods Market.
The unanimous vote, one of the final steps in a long and contentious approval process, means that the developer, Calvin Cafritz Enterprises, might be able to move forward soon with permitting and development of the 37-acre site in Riverdale Park.
The project, however, still faces potential hurdles. Some residents object strongly to the development and are likely to appeal the decision, which could delay plans to break ground in August.
“I expect that there can be all kinds of appeals. Those who oppose this will continue to oppose it, but I am confident that it is going to move forward,” Riverdale Park Mayor Vernon Archer said.
The Planning Board voted just before midnight Thursday, after a seven-hour hearing that was dominated by the concerns of people living close to the site. The five-member panel reviewed conditions proposed by Riverdale Park, University Park and College Park, concerning landscaping, bike lanes and the location of a bridge entrance to the development.