The Diamondback is reporting that the Maryland General Assembly is wavering on committing relocation money for East Campus in the wake of FP-Argo pulling out of the project. (See East Campus Gets Its Own Stimulus Package for background information)
State Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D-Anne Arundel and Prince George’s) said the university will face a tough sell lobbying for additional East Campus funding since FP-Argo pulled out, raising questions about the future of a project officials still tout as essential to transforming College Park’s dingy image.
While university officials have said they will buy FP-Argo’s East Campus site plan and build it piece-by-piece with multiple developers, Rosapepe said members of the General Assembly will need to see concrete information before they commit money to the project with the state facing a $2 billion deficit.
“Given the immense fiscal pressures on the state right now, I think there’s going to be a lot of pressure to cut the bulk of state spending where there isn’t a pressing need,” he said.
The University is going to have its work cut out for them if they intend to build this in a piecemeal fashion. City councilmembers are understandably concerned about how the University plans on moving forward.
“We needed more information before Foulger-Pratt/Argo pulled out, and we need more information now,” he said. “We’ll certainly want to have a bigger picture with what’s going to happen to East Campus before we sign off on the $5 million or anything else.”
District 2 Councilman Bob Catlin agreed.
“The university has got to explain how they’ll handle it — the ball’s sort of in their court,” Catlin said.