Undoubtedly by now readers have noticed that construction of the River Hill Square retail development, on the site of the former River Hill Garden Center, is well underway. Perhaps you’ve been wondering what those huge metal cylinders are for? They are part of the stormwater management system which has been designed to accommodate a 100-year storm. What can the community expect to see happening over the next month or so? The developer anticipates that building construction will begin in mid-August and paving will be complete by the end of August. They are aiming for the center to open in late spring 2020. The United States Post Office, which will have a branch in the center, is the only tenant announced to date.
Meanwhile, construction is occurring on the corner across MD 108 from the center. This project is the start of the realignment of Sheppard Lane. When this work is complete, there will be a 4-way signal at the intersection enabling vehicles to enter/exit the River Hill Square site and allowing for longer turn lanes on Sheppard Lane and MD 108. Sheppard Lane will need to be closed for 1–2 weeks in order to make the connection. The intersection is expected to be complete by late December 2019, although this timeline is dependent on weather and Verizon and BGE schedules. The contractors will do their best to minimize traffic disruptions during construction.