November 13, 2019

Riverdale Park Business Association’s November meeting will be held at Riverdale Park Town Hall, 5008 Queensbury Rd., Riverdale Park, MD 20737. Among the topics to be discussed RPBA’s participation in Riverdale Park’s June 2020 Centennial celebration, county and town regulation enforcement, RPBA’s 2020 marketing and communication programs, membership drive, and choose a location for RPBA’s holiday gathering.

Annual RPBA elections were conducted in October. Four individuals from the business community were elected to leadership positions and will serve until mid-October 2020.

Former Riverdale Park Mayor Mike Herman was elected president of the Riverdale Park Business Association. He moves into the office after association founding member Pete Spiropoulos opted to step down. Mike is the principal attorney in the Riverdale Park law firm, Michael D...

October 25, 2019

RIVERDALE PARK, MD., October 25, 2019 – Kelsey Montague has hit the wall. It’s all beautiful from here on out. The Denver-based urban wall artist is in the midst of a three-day paint-a-thon applying her trademark butterfly wings to the north-facing wall of MOD Pizza at Riverdale Park Station. She can be found at 4401 Woodberry St., Riverdale Park, MD. through Saturday. 

The “canvas” is actually a 19-foot square of brick painted black and then the bright Sherwin-Williams exterior paint colors are being added in the form of a lepidopteran wingspan. Let’s call it a butterfly. 

“We want it to be whimsical,” Courtney Montague told The Biz. And she prefers to think of the design as “angel wings.” She’s the sister of the artist who is fast gaining an international reputation for creating eye-catching, crowd-pleasing butterfly murals in such places as...

October 16, 2019

Riverdale Park Business Association News

Bulletin from The BIZ

RIVERDALE PARK, MD., October 10, 2019 – The parent company of 2Fifty Texas BBQ on Tuesday

bought Riverdale Park landmark, Dumm’s Pizza & Subs for an undisclosed price. MADRE USA

CORP., which owns 2Fifty, said it has settled on the acquisition of the Dumm’s business and its

valuable liquor license in the deal with owners/operators Georgia and Mike Sotiriou.

In addition, the company has reached an agreement with Georgia’s Sotiriou’s father, Pete

Spiropoulos, to lease the 2,700 square foot open space on the corner of 4700 Riverdale Rd.

that once was Dumm’s Corner Market. The space has been empty since 2012 when the

grocery, beer and wine operation moved around the corner to much larger space on

Queensbury Rd., and was renamed Town Center Market. (The market is operated by

Spiropoulos’ sons, Ted and Jimmy...

October 16, 2019

The Riverdale Park Business Association has moved its October meeting to the third Wednesday of the month from its regularly scheduled second Wednesday of the month due to the Yom Kippur holiday. The Jewish day of atonement begins at sunset, Tuesday, Oct. 8 and ends at sunset, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.

The October meeting will be held the following week on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 beginning at 6 pm at Riverdale Park Town Hall, 5008 Queensbury Rd., Riverdale Park, MD 20737.

The association will hold annual elections that evening. Four individuals from the Riverdale Park business community have registered interest in leadership positions. Former Riverdale Park Mayor Michael Herman, Esq., has announced his interest in being elevated to president from his current vice president position. Michael has practiced law since 1992. He specializes in business law, li...

September 11, 2019

The Station’s SPM Lydia Chandlee to Focus on Area Impact, Growth and Future

RIVERDALE PARK, MD., Sept. 10, 2019 – Riverdale Park Station Senior Property Manager Lydia C. Chandlee will be the featured guest of the Riverdale Park Business Association at its monthly meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 11. The meeting begins at 6 pm at Burtons Grill & Bar in Riverdale Park Station.

Chandlee will give RPBA members an update and overview of the 36-acre master-planned community which will contain 119 townhouses, 850 apartment units, 160,000 square feet of retail space, 20,000 square feet of office space and a 120-room Hyatt House boutique hotelat its full build out. She will discuss the project’s impact on Riverdale Park and the greaterRiverdale area, provide insight on possible new retail tenants. Chandlee will also take audience questions.

Chandlee, who has wo...

July 10, 2019

Wednesday, July 10 Meeting To Focus on Future Projects, Development

Riverdale Park, MD, July 8, 2019 – Calvin Cafritz Enterprises broke ground on June 19 for Building 5 on the final leg of the 38-acre project’s first of two phases. The building will wrap around the four-story parking garage already constructed in the north central portion of Riverdale Park Station. It will add 220 mostly one-bedroom, and junior one-bedroom apartments. Junior one-bedrooms are slightly smaller one-bedroom apartments without a window in the sleeping area, The Bizwas told. 

Details for completing the second half of the project are coming together as town and county officials sign off on the latest drafts of what has become an economic engine in North Central Prince George’s County. But there is even more to be excited about as new projects are hatched along Kenilwo...

June 15, 2019




  • Saturday, June 15, 2019

  • 4-8 pm Town Center

  • After Party 8-10 pm@TCM


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RPBA PhotosAt 99, Riverdale Park counts down to next year’s Centennial by renaming

the MARC station “Riverdale Park Town Center” at 4pm, then rededicating the town clock in Town Center at 5 pm. The party continues with live music and more than 40 food vendors until 8 when the after party moves across the tracks to Town Center Market until 10 pm.


The Riverdale train station name is gone. Lost to the ages. As of 4 pm today, the 184-year-old “Riverdale” stop will be known as “Riverdale Park Town Center”station, renamed, repainted, wiped clea...

June 12, 2019

MUTC Approves New Height Plan For RPS, Learn More Wednesday, June 12

Riverdale Park, MD, June 10, 2019 – The developers of Riverdale Park Station last week won

initial approval for a significant height change for the final two buildings proposed at its 38-acre

site along U.S. Route 1. The new latest plan will increase building height from six to

seven stories or to as much as 84 feet above the railroad tracks. The plan won clearance by

Riverdale Park’s MUTC after representatives from Calvin Cafritz Enterprises said it was

abandoning plans for a third building where a drainage pond now rests (with plans to eventually

create a real water feature) but wanted to recapture units in the third building by adding a floor

to the remaining two buildings now on the drawing board. 

Cafritz said the new plan calls for 632 apartments, the same number of units announced in an


March 8, 2019


RPBA goes on the road Wednesday, March 13 at 6 pm! Join us for the soft opening of Banana Blossom Bistro, 6202 Rhode Island Ave, Riverdale Park, MD 20737. And enjoy its expansive menu at

Annie Ha Esguerra, the co-owner and co-creator of Riverdale Park’s new, fashionable Vietnamese fast-casual Banana Blossom Bistro will host the next meeting of the RPBA. The UCLA pre-med student-turned Hollywood make-up artist and now second-generation restaurateur will detail her four years-long quest to get a dining business off the ground. Her dream began in Los Angeles andbecame reality in the shadow of the nation’s capital.

Annie will talk about what it takes to open a business in Prince George’s County. She’ll also detail the hurdles she and husband Phil...

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