Town of Cheverly
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The article below was in the December and January Newsletter outlining the possibility of a Re-Entry Center for the Federal Bureau of Prisons to be located in the Cheverly Industrial Park, proximate to the Cheverly Pool and Euclid Park.
On January 12th, leaders of the Volunteers of America Chesapeake will attend the Cheverly Town Hall meeting to discuss their proposal. While the Council completely agrees with the need, the Council is concerned about the location for the reasons outlined in the article below.
Please attend the meeting, and if you can't please provide your Town Council member and Mayor with your feedback regarding this proposal.
Residential Re-Entry Center In Cheverly? Leaders of the organization Volunteers of America Chesapeake (VOAC), a faith based organization, based in Lanham, Md attended the December 1st Town Council Meeting to discuss their plans to locate 142 bed facility in the Cheverly Industrial Park at 4701 Lydell Road. They are responding to an RFP from the Federal Bureau of Prisons to provide services to individuals who are completing their sentences and re-entering society.
VOAC presented a compelling argument that they are a leader in providing these services and that there is a need in Prince George’s County. The Council was receptive and agreed that there was a need.
VOAC is responding to an RFP that outlines specific criteria for the location which include: light industrial site, proximate to transportation and medical facilities, not within ½ mile of a school.
However, the council continues to be concerned about the proposed location. The Council’s concerns about the facility include: 1) This type of use is not currently allowed in an I-1 zone and would require a change in zoning or a zoning text amendment (offered at the County Council level and requiring no municipal approval), 2) This facility be less than ¼ mile from the Cheverly Pool and Euclid Park, 3) This type of facility does not fit within the concept of the Cheverly Sector Plan that is currently underway and 4) the planned pedestrian/bicycle path that would cut from the pool to the industrial path would pass directly past this facility.
VOAC is planning to attend the January 12th Council Meeting to outline their plans. The Council hopes for a large turnout that evening. So please make you calendars for January 12th at 8:00PM.