Rebecca Cooper, Washington Business Journal
Calvin Cafritz Enterprises, the owner of the 36-acre Riverdale Park Station development, will add a Hyatt House hotel there during the next few years.
The 120-room hotel is projected to open in mid- to late-2017 and will have an extended-stay component, a staple of many of that brand’s properties.
The Hyatt House will be located just behind a 60,000-square-foot, Whole Foods-anchored retail building at the Riverdale Park site, which is under construction and expected to open late this year or early next year. Whole Foods will take 36,000 square feet in that building, with additional retail space available for a bank and other retail tenants.
This will be Prince George's County's first Whole Foods. The 36-acre project also includes another 150,000 square feet of retail, 119 townhouses, 850 residential units and an office building.
The hotel expects to draw guests who are visiting the University of Maryland’s M Square research facility, which is less than a mile away, especially given the relative dearth of hotels in nearby College Park.
“We are so excited to be partnering with Hyatt on this beautifully designed hotel,” Jane Cafritz said. The hotel will include an indoor swimming pool and a green roof.
Cafritz and her husband, Calvin Cafritz, announced the Hyatt House during an event to preview the Whole Foods project Thursday.
Riverdale Park Station has been in the works for nearly a decade, and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker noted Thursday that the project was the first economic development initiative to get moving during his administration. Baker credited it for the development that has followed, including the proposed hospital at Largo Town Center, continuing progress at National Harbor, and, he said, the possibility of bringing the FBI headquarters to Greenbelt.
“We would not be able to make a credible argument to get the FBI if Jane and Calvin didn’t have the vision to invest here,” Baker said. “We needed an example to show that people were willing to put their time and money into the county.”