The Cafritz property has been in our family since 1954. It was previously developed by the National Capital Housing Authority as the Calvert Homes in 1942. The housing served workers at the ERCO plant which built light aircraft at the end of World War II. The housing was later made available to returning veterans attending the University of Maryland under the G.I. Bill. Today, you can still see the cement footings from the temporary housing.
A portion of the property was taken by the Washington Area Metro Transit Authority (WMATA) to build a tunnel and overpass for the College Park Station. The property currently consists of 35.8 acres.
The site is located on Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) between East-West Highway and Albion Road in Riverdale Park, Maryland. It is bounded on the west by Baltimore Avenue, its primary street frontage and a major north-south thoroughfare in Prince George's County; on the north by Albion Street; on the south by a U.S. Postal Service facility; and on the east by CSX railroad tracks.