Collecting College Park: The Weekly Link Round-Up

Collecting College Park took a brief hiatus between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, but is back on track for 2011.

As usual, you can expect to see this weekly news roundup of stories relevant to development, planning, transportation, and quality of life around the city and the campus.

A short list of links today, to get back into the swing of things:

  • Green projects, transportation, and development top Northern Prince George’s agendas (Gazette): “Major issues in College Park will include the decennial reconfiguring of City Council districts to coincide with population shifts; a controversial proposal to build student housing at the site of the Maryland Book Exchange despite complaints from nearby residents; and whether new University of Maryland, College Park, President Wallace D. Loh will continue the administration’s opposition to a Purple Line light rail route through the heart of campus. City Councilman Patrick Wojahn (Dist. 1) said he will also push for expansion of neighborhood watch programs throughout the city, and improvements to North College Park’s Hollywood Commercial District. “We’d like to see some higher quality development there and businesses that better serve the neighborhood,” Wojahn said, adding that aesthetic improvements to the area could attract new businesses.”
  • Maryland making little progress with smart growth, study says (Sun): “In its most comprehensive review to date, the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth Research says development patterns, commuting times and other trends indicate that the state “has not made measurable progress toward improving its performance in many of the areas it says it cares about.” Gerrit Knaap, director of the center, said there are ‘a few bright spots,’ notably the preservation of land and recent promotion of development around transit stops in the Baltimore and Washington areas. But overall, he said, “‘he evidence suggests that we haven’t really bent the curves [of growth] in ways we hoped we would.'”
  • New bar may open in Thirsty Turtle space (Post, Gazette): “John McManus, owner of the Barking Dog in Bethesda, has expressed interest in opening a second location at 7416 Baltimore Ave. in College Park, formerly home to Thirsty Turtle. McManus is scheduled to go before the Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners on Feb. 22 to request a liquor license for the property.” Read the full story at the Gazette.

That’s it for this Friday! If you’ve got tips, suggestions, or pointers for next week’s edition of Collecting College Park, leave them in the comments or email Alex at lxdlnbc@gmail.com.

A Rethink College Park Holiday Wishlist

In the spirit of the holiday season, we—the contributors at Rethink College Park—discussed some of the things that we’d be delighted to find bestowed upon our city this year. What follows is our wishlist, a collection of things that might not happen, but that we’d gladly welcome were they to appear.

Sidewalks That Make Sense and Infrastructure for Bikers: We want new ones, and improvements upon the ones that already exist. College Park is dense enough that walking through it is a reasonable option, but the infrastructure to do so is dangerous. Usable, possibly widened, sidewalks up and down the entire length of both sides of Route 1 would support pedestrian traffic. Likewise, as easy as it should be to bike from campus to M-Square, or M-Square to the View, or the View to North College Park, it just isn’t. We want clearly demarcated bike lanes on and off campus that provide a safe passing for those who elect not to drive their cars.

The Purple Line: We know there’s still a ways to go until the plan becomes a reality, but we just can’t wait! Very simply, we’d like to see a resolution of the ongoing alignment conflict that has plagued the UMD administration, students, and residents of College Park so that the project can move forward.

Entertainment Venues: There are currently zero places within walking distance of any point in College Park to see a movie or a live music performance. Though it’s not hard to head to P.G. Plaza, why should one have to do so to catch a matinee? We’d love to see venues of both stripes in College Park. There’s certainly enough audience to support them, between the families, young professionals, and students in the area. And, when not providing a nightlife scene, those spaces could be used by the community for events, meetings, and presentations.

Better Dining Options: There’s no limit on the places we’d like to see sit-down restaurants serving quality food and providing a nice atmosphere. Downtown is a given, of course (though Ledo’s deserves a nod), but what about “midtown,” around the View, and the immediate area surrounding M-Square? College Park could easily accommodate new restaurants, bars, coffee shops, spots for a quick lunch, an ice cream shop, and perhaps even a grocery store that’s accessible on foot…the list goes on. It would be even better if we could attract not just the chains that populate the College Park Shopping Center, but locally-owned businesses, too.

Graduate Student Accommodations: Graduate students have woefully few living options in College Park. Graduate Gardens is the closest to campus; otherwise, it’s off to Adelphi or wherever one can find a place to live. Graduate students deserve well-built, attractive housing options with easy access, whether via bus, bike, or walking, to campus. It would be ideal if graduate student housing could also accommodate a childcare center, which would be beneficial to not just those parents who also need to attend to their studies, but to others in College Park with children.

Some Attention to North College Park: Though this list is skewed toward downtown College Park, we don’t want to forget about those who live just slightly north. Two things that we’d like to see in North College Park are the demolition of the former Mandalay Restaurant building, perhaps to make room for a multi-use structure, and the extension of the Paint Branch Trail to Little Paint Branch Park in Beltsville.

A Good Relationship with President Loh: The city of College Park’s relationship with the University of Maryland did not flourish under former university president C. Dan Mote; while town-and-gown relations weren’t bad, they were generally nonexistent. Now that Wallace Loh has taken the reigns of what’s often called the Maryland University System’s “crown jewel,” we hope that he’ll open a dialogue with the world that lives just outside of academia. College Park could be a great college town, but it needs the college in question to respond, integrate, interact, listen, and even offer requests or suggestions. One of our contributors described the ideal relationship as an “honest to goodness partnership for the good of the whole city,” and that’s precisely what we’d like to see. And while we’re talking local officials, how about a trustworthy county executive? Rushern Baker is off to a good start, so let’s hope he keeps it up.

Two More Requests: We’d really, really like to take down the “livable community” sign at the entrance in North College Park…and we’d love it if the state adequately plowed Route 1 this year.

We enjoyed putting together this list and did so in a lighthearted manner. We certainly don’t expect an massive, imminent overhaul of sidewalks, for example, even if we think it’d be great for College Park. Sometimes it’s just useful—and fun!—to consider wishes, however unattainable they might be.

This year, what would you wish for in the city of College Park?

Our college town is great for families, too!

College Park Patch reported earlier today that College Park has been named by Bloomberg Businessweek as “Best Place to Raise Kids in Maryland.” The nice little blurb includes the following:

“Home to the University of Maryland, College Park was developed starting the late 1800s. Part of the city is part of the Calvert Hills Historic District, and a number of historic sites are in the area, including College Park Airport, the oldest continuously operated airport in the world. According to longandfoster.com, many families move to College Park for its good schools (four elementary schools, three middle schools, and four high schools) and its proximity to Washington, D.C., about 10 miles away and accessible by metro. The area’s population is 37.7 percent black and 12.2 percent Hispanic, according to data from Onboard Informatics.”

Patch notes that the school count isn’t entirely accurate—some of those 11 schools do fall outside of the city’s boundaries. And, despite the cultural diversity and attractive historic sites, College Park does leave some things to be desired. Improved streetscapes and bike paths, as well as better pedestrian infrastructure, would be welcomed, and there’s a demand for more businesses (UMD students wishing for bars notwithstanding!).

Overall, however, we won’t quibble too much with the distinction. It’s an honor, after all!

RTCP Contributor Featured On Washington Post’s All Opinions Are Local

Rethink College Park contributor Marcus Afzali’s piece, “Will U-Md.’s new president get on board the Purple Line?” is live on the Washington Post’s All Opinions Are Local blog went live late last week.

An excerpt:

“And the city’s future relies in part on the completion of the Purple Line — and, in particular, whether Loh will support running the light-rail transit line down Campus Drive, the state’s preferred alignment. The city of College Park, Prince George’s County, the University of Maryland Student Government Association and local transportation advocates have all strongly promoted the Campus Drive route for years. The university administration alone has stood against it.”

Be sure to click through here to read the read of the post and leave a comment if you are so inclined.

Afzali also represents District 4 on the College Park City Council.

Quick Updates and News on College Park Developments

STATUS OF DEVELOPMENTS

DOMAIN AT COLLEGE PARK

Conceptual Site Plan CSP-09002
Preliminary Plan 4-09039

Status: The Planning Board reviewed and approved Domain’s Conceptual Site Plan and Preliminary Plan with conditions.  The Detailed Site Plan for this project has been accepted by M-NCPPC.
Location: 7720 Mowatt Lane (southwest corner of the Campus Drive and Mowatt Lane intersection).
Developer: Hanover Company.
Description: Mixed-use residential with 258 multi-family units and 11,400 square feet of retail.

MOSAIC AT TURTLE CREEK

DSP-080001

Status: The developers of this project are requesting a departure to reduce the number of required parking spaces by 365 from 700 to 335.  The Planning Board hearing is tentatively scheduled for December 9, 2010.
Location: Approximately 800 feet southwest of the Campus Drive and Mowatt Lane intersection.
Developer: Owner Entity Fund II, LLC.
Description: Multi-family residential containing 300 housing units.
Other Info: The developer proposes to develop intergenerational housing based on a concept that builds on the strong attraction that alumni have to their alma mater. Mosaic’s Detailed Site Plan was approved by the Planning Board on October 30, 2008.

MAZZA GRANDMARC APARTMENTS

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Status: Collegiate Hall broke ground in November 2008. Mazza is now completed and students have been moving in since mid-August.
Location: 9524 and 9528 Baltimore Avenue.
Developer: Collegiate Hall Properties.
Description: 231 units (630 beds) of under-graduate and graduate student housing.

STARVIEW PLAZA

DSP–04078

Status: The Starview, which is being constructed as a two- phase project, has been renamed the Enclave.
Developer: Starview Plaza, LLC.
Description: Mixed use; commercial and residential; 177 units (662 beds) of student housing, 9,487 square feet of ground floor retail, and a 355 space parking garage.

UNIVERSITY VIEW II (UNIVERSITY OVERLOOK)

DSP-2027-3

Status: The University View II building is now completed.  In mid August, the View 2 reported leasing up 100% of its student units for the 2010-2011 school year; 11,600 square feet of the project’s ground floor retail is available for lease.
Location: 8300 Baltimore Avenue
Developer: Clark Construction
Description: Multi-family residential; 154 units (516 beds) of student housing and 11,600 square feet of ground floor retail.

THE VARSITY

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Status: Potomac Holdings expects the Varsity to be completed for leasing by the fall 2011 semester.  Looney’s Pub will be the anchor tenant for the Varsity’s ground floor retail with the remaining space expected to be taken by Royal Farms, Izzie’s Bagels and a Chinese carry out.
Location: 8150 Baltimore Avenue
Developer: College Park Gateway Properties/Potomac Holdings
Description: Mixed- use residential with 258 units (901 beds) of student housing and 20,019 square feet of ground floor retail.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EAST CAMPUS

Status: The University of Maryland is in exclusive negotiations with the Cordish Companies as Master Developer for the East Campus project.
Location: Southeast corner of the US1/Baltimore Ave intersection with Paint Branch Parkway at the main entrance to the University of Maryland.
Developer: To Be Determined.
Description: The University hopes to build a 500- seat music hall run by the Birchmere, market rate and graduate student housing over 100,000 square feet of retail, and a conference hotel. Included in the 100,000 square feet of retail will be a grocery store. The first phase will occupy 22 of the 38 acres that comprise the redevelopment site.
Other Info: Cordish plans to partner with Clark Construction and the Design Collective to design and build the project.  The Cordish will also be holding an East Campus community forum on Tuesday November 30, 2010 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The event will be held in Ritchie Coliseum to solicit community input on the preliminary concept plan to be presented.

7501 BALTIMORE AVENUE (MARYLAND BOOK EXCHANGE SITE)

Status: The property has been purchased and is in design phase.
Location: 7501 Baltimore Avenue; intersection of College Avenue and Baltimore Avenue.
Developer: Ilya Zusin/Josef Mittlemann.
Description: Developers are proposing student housing, UMD affiliated and graduate housing, and 15,000 square feet of retail for this 2.5 acre site. Although the Maryland Book Exchange is expected to be re-located during construction, it plans to occupy part of the retail space when the project is completed.

NEWS

BERWYN WAREHOUSE DISTRICT
Strickland Properties is selling its portion, the Kidwell Addition, of the Berwyn Warehouse District. Located at the end of Berwyn Road, adjacent to MARC and Green Line Metro rail tracks, the Kidwell Addition consists of 8 separate buildings on 5.43 acres. The buildings comprise 80,000 SF of office/ warehouse space. The sale price for the property is $4,599,000. For more information, contact Chris Marshall of Keller Williams at 410-972-4023 (office) or 410-808-1877 (cell.)

NORTHGATE PARK
Located on the west side of Baltimore Avenue, between Lakeland Road and Melbourne Place, Northgate Park is now under construction. The 4.344- acre urban park is also adjacent to the Varsity student housing project, which is also under construction. The developer of the Northgate Park is the University of Maryland.

Collecting College Park: The Weekly Link Roundup

Welcome to Collecting College Park, a new weekly feature here at Rethink College Park. On Friday mornings, you can expect to see this weekly news roundup of stories relevant to development, planning, transportation, and quality of life around the city and the campus.

  • Bar Talk: A Q&A with Mark Srour, Owner of Cornerstone Bar & Loft (Patch): Patch’s Lauren Evans has a great interview Srour and chats with him about the state of bar-going in College Park. Srour says, “I mean, the house parties are always going to be there. You’re away from your parents, you’re going to start drinking, or whatever. It’s just part of growing up. Hopefully the future of College Park will get better and more exciting for the college kids, and hopefully I’m there to help out.”
  • A shadow of its former self: Turtle showed promise before fall (Diamondback): Another post-mortem for the fallen bar: “As a new business in downtown College Park, its goal was difficult but crucial: to strike the balance between a family-friendly atmosphere and a fun nighttime spot for students to drink and dine. ‘The only way to survive is to cater to [residents] too. … You have to make sure you don’t specifically target one market. That’s how I’ve stayed in business for so long [at Alario’s],’ Turtle owner Alan Wanuck told The Gazette before the establishment opened. But Turtle fell from grace a short three years after opening when an employee opened the doors a little too wide and admitted two underage police aides Sept. 23. Last Wednesday, Wanuck handed over Turtle’s liquor license permanently after it was revoked a few days earlier.”
  • Route 1: Bankrupting Local Businesses (Diamondback): A Diamondback opinion columnist humorously raises the issue of high rents in downtown College Park: “Earlier this year, one of my favorite restaurants, Chicken Rico, closed for seemingly no reason. It couldn’t have been because of the food  — the food was delicious. Like really, really good. And while the customer base (me) was admittedly small, it (I) was very loyal. But like so many other businesses on Route 1, Chicken Rico eventually disappeared. Since its demise, I’ve heard rumors about high rent, lack of student interest and a landlord who may or may not have been Lord Voldemort. But none of that matters to me. This is bigger than Chicken Rico. There have been other places, too. This is very much a trend.”
  • City waits to take stand on high-rise (Diamondback): “In last night’s city council work session, Stullich presented a letter from the Old Town Neighborhood Association outlining aversion to the project by non-student residents of southern College Park — those who live in homes between downtown and the Metro line. Stullich used the letter to advocate for the council to side with residents: in a 24-0 vote last month, the neighborhood association opposed the project, citing concerns about a possible increase in noise and other disruptions that many residents felt would occur if hundreds of additional students moved into the area. But other council members, who said they understood residents’ concerns, decided they wouldn’t take a stance on the project until the developer made detailed plans for the apartments available to the public.”
  • That’s it for this Friday! If you’ve got tips, suggestions, or pointers for next week’s edition of Collecting College Park, leave them in the comments or email Alex at lxdlnbc@gmail.com.

    Collecting College Park: The Weekly Link Roundup

    Welcome to Collecting College Park, a new weekly feature here at Rethink College Park. On Friday mornings, you can expect to see this weekly news roundup of stories relevant to development, planning, transportation, and quality of life around the city and the campus.

    This week saw plenty of coverage on the rise and fall of the Thirsty Turtle. See the following links for details:

    • Thirsty Turtle Surrenders Liquor License (Patch): “According to a representative from the liquor board, the attorney representing Turtle owner Alan Wanuck submitted a three page letter citing the reasons for surrendering the license. The representative declined to release the contents of the letter before the hearing tonight. The College Park City Council voted 7-1 Tuesday night in favor of revoking the bar’s license.”
    • The Whipping Boy (Diamondback): The student newspaper editorializes on Turtle’s closure: “Although reaction to the liquor board’s decision has been split, with some students mourning what will likely be the bar’s demise and others lauding the decision as an act of justice, both sides seem to miss the broader point. While other bar owners, such as Mark Srour of Cornerstone Grill and Loft, may lambaste Turtle’s recklessness or crow the fall of a major competitor, it would be naive to think that other city bars are any less guilty than Turtle. Both Cornerstone and R.J. Bentley’s passed police’s test with “flying colors” and have not been issued liquor citations in more than a decade, but it is no secret that each and every bar that has ever made a dime in this city has done so with the help of underage patrons. And while bar owners may deny such claims as hyperbole, students know it to be true. Yet despite this equal claim to guilt, Turtle has become the scapegoat for university and local officials. To single out Turtle alone for somehow being the kingpin of underage drinking in the city completely ignores much larger issues.”
    • Thirsty Turtle Closed Last Night After Stabbing, Repeated Violations (TBD): The closure’s ripples have hit the DC news outlets, too. TBD’s four-page story on Turtle (tweeted as “the short, brilliant life of the Thirsty Turtle”) is, perhaps, a cultural history of the bar: “Turtle, located at 7416 Baltimore Ave., didn’t make it to its third birthday. It closed Wednesday, less than a month short. It’s odd to think of a such short-lived business as leaving a legacy, but Turtle did. It’s a complicated one, too: For some Maryland students, it became a mecca. Others considered it a bar of last resort, a place so disgusting nothing could drag them there. For adults, Turtle was a nuisance. The students who loved Turtle went there to fulfill their God-given right as college students — to get irresponsibly drunk and make the types of poor decisions irresponsibly drunk people make. Via cheap drinks and an anything-goes vibe, Turtle served up the fun, stupid part of the college experience. The objective behind a visit to Turtle was to get drunk, laid, or both. Providing a place to do that was the essence of Turtle’s appeal.”
    • Jamaican Restaurant Moves Into Perk House (Diamondback): Has all this talk of the bygone days of $2 pitcher nights exhausted you? Maybe some jerk chicken is the solution. About a mile past campus up Route 1, Jamaican restaurant The Jerk Pit has relocated to the former site of the College Perk coffeehouse. If you’ve got a craving, go ahead and make the trip—it’s a less visible storefront than the restaurant’s former strip mall digs. “The Jamaican restaurant is moving nearly a mile north of the Campus Village shopping center to the building at the corner of Route 1 and University Boulevard. That location was once occupied by the College Perk until its owner lost the property to foreclosure in January 2009. The restaurant, whose original storefront closed Sunday, will be reopened by tomorrow or Friday to offer its Jamaican jerk chicken dishes to walk-in and delivery customers, said Lisa Rose, who opened the restaurant in 2005. The new facility will offer a 50-percent expansion, a more visible location, a private dining area and outdoor porch, she said, providing patrons with a more authentic, laid-back island feel.”

    That’s it for this Friday! If you’ve got tips, suggestions, or pointers for next week’s edition of Collecting College Park, leave them in the comments or email Alex at lxdlnbc@gmail.com.

    Collecting College Park: The Weekly Link Roundup

    Welcome to Collecting College Park, a new weekly feature here at Rethink College Park. On Friday mornings, you can expect to see this weekly news roundup of stories relevant to development, planning, transportation, and quality of life around the city and the campus.

    With the gubernatorial election this past Tuesday, it’s been a slow news week. Items of note, however, include:

    • O’Malley victorious: Incumbent governor O’Malley took down Diamondback-endorsed challenger Bob Ehrlich. College Park also saw a high student voter turnout.
    • County revokes Thirsty Turtle’s liquor license (Diamondback, Patch):”The bar’s ability to serve alcohol may be suspended as soon as Nov. 23 after the board investigates further and submits a written notice of its decision to the bar’s owners, Alan Wanuck and Tom Hall. The deliberation, which began at about 7:30 p.m. last night, was held to review a Sept. 23 incident in which two student police aides were instructed to attempt to get past Turtle’s bouncers equipped with only their real, underage state driver’s licenses and cash for cover. They were allowed in and served beer once inside. A plainclothes University Police officer then promptly confiscated the two beers, which were used as evidence in yesterday’s hearing.” More at Patch.
    • Looking to Loh (Diamondback): The university’s new president, Wallace Loh, began his term on Monday. The Diamondback’s editorial board says: “Loh has been silent on the issue of underage drinking and the controversy surrounding the bars in downtown College Park, despite having a history of cracking down on underage drinking at the University of Iowa. This issue, which was ignited when four men, three of whom were students, were stabbed following an altercation at Thirsty Turtle, has left University Police Chief David Mitchell, city officials and the SGA calling on Prince George’s County to revoke Turtle’s liquor license. Additionally, Loh’s stance on issues such as the Promoting Responsible Action in Medical Emergencies protocol remain a mystery.”
    • Council holds off at-large seats (Patch): “Mayor Andrew Fellows first proposed the new structure at Oct. 5’s council meeting. His tentative plan consisted of replacing the current system of four districts each represented by two council members, with five districts each represented by one council member, and adding three at-large seats….However, council members decided Wednesday that it was best not to rush the process. Councilman Bob Catlin (Dist. 2) said that given the short window between now and the election next November, the better approach would be to establish a redistricting commission to analyze the new census data, due out this spring, and take it from there.

    That’s it for this Friday! If you’ve got tips, suggestions, or pointers for next week’s edition of Collecting College Park, leave them in the comments or email Alex at lxdlnbc@gmail.com.

    Collecting College Park: The Weekly Link Round-Up

    Welcome to Collecting College Park, a new weekly feature here at Rethink College Park. On Friday mornings, you can expect to see this weekly news roundup of stories relevant to development, planning, transportation, and quality of life around the city and the campus.

    The View by rethink college park on Flickr.
    • Down in polls, Ehrlich tries to focus on January (Post): “Upon taking office, Ehrlich said he also would order government contractors to halt work on the proposed Purple Line rail project that would connect points in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. “The dollars aren’t there,” Ehrlich said, restating his preference for rapid bus service along the route instead. Ehrlich aides said stopping the Purple Line and a proposed rail project in Baltimore could save the state $300 million in engineering costs that could be spent instead on local road projects.” More at Action Committee for Transit and Streetsblog DC, but in short: It’s still going to cost $300 million in engineering costs to get the Purple Line going, but Ehrlich would like to reappropriate those funds to roads. The Diamondback also notes that O’Malley is currying more favor than Ehrlich with repeated visits to campus.
    • Prince George’s council rejects zoning change, new stormwater rules (Post): “In its final legislative session, the Prince George’s County Council killed a bill Tuesday that would have allowed a developer to change the zoning on property in Fort Washington and rejected new storm water management regulations for the county…Supporters of the measure, including numerous municipal leaders, said the bill would improve the environment. Developers argued that it would stymie redevelopment.”
    • County liquor board to consider Thirsty Turtle license (Patch): “The Nov. 3 hearing will deal with alleged underage drinking at the bar. At the Nov. 10 hearing, commissioners will hear from police and others who are expected to claim that the three-year-old establishment is a detriment to the College Park and university communities.” More at the Diamondback (and, the UMD SGA will be testifying against the establishment).

    That’s it for this Friday! If you’ve got tips, suggestions, or pointers for next week’s edition of Collecting College Park, leave them in the comments or email Alex at lxdlnbc@gmail.com.

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    Collecting College Park: The Weekly Link Round-Up

    Welcome to Collecting College Park, a new weekly feature here at Rethink College Park. On Friday mornings, you can expect to see this weekly news roundup of stories relevant to development, planning, transportation, and quality of life around the city and the campus.

    McKeldin Mall (image via the Rethink College Park Flickr Page).
    • $93 million Seven Springs Village Loan Granted One Year Extension (Citybizlist Baltimore): The refinancing process of Seven Springs Village is expected to be pushed to September 2011. The 1967 building “is currently 95.6% occupied with upward leasing momentum leading into the fall.”
    • Housing Development Meets New Opposition (Diamondback): A follow-up to our post earlier this week that includes this tidbit: “State Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D-Anne Arundel and Prince George’s), who lives on Patuxent Avenue just north of Old Town, said he agrees with residents’ objections and believes their case is strong enough to block the planned housing.”
    • New Maryland Law Aims to Protect Cyclists, But Will It? (College Park Patch): Drivers are now legally required to give cyclists biking to the right-hand side of the road a three-feet margin when passing, but the good intention could prove problematic: “How do you determine what three feet of space looks like when traveling at 30-plus mph?…To make things more ambiguous, the three-foot space requirement only applies when the road is wide enough for the driver to legally pass at this distance (bonus: This Patch article is written by our own RTCP, Mark Noll).
    • New Speed Cameras Part of City Effort to Make Crosswalk Safer (Diamondback): “The Paint Branch Parkway location is the first of six where the city hopes to install the cameras; others include University Boulevard, Metzerott Road and Route 1. The cameras will eventually issue $40 tickets to drivers who travel 12 miles per hour or more above the posted speed limit.” Right now, the damage the cameras can do to your record is limited to a mere ticket, but get into the habit of slowing down now. See College Park Patch for more on the matter.
    • Aging Buildings Go Unfixed (Diamondback): A slew of buildings on the UMD campus—many of which surround McKeldin Mall—are worse for the wear. Fixing the structures carries a hefty price tag: “This past spring, on request from the Board of Regents, university administrators submitted a detailed “Restore the Core” seven-year phased plan to address the campus’s growing infrastructure problems, which have added up to a $625 million backlog in deferred maintenance.”
    • College Park Denied Funding for Bike-Share Program (College Park Patch): The D.C. metropolitan area, which includes College Park, was deemed unworthy of funding from the TIGER II grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. “Had the request been approved, College Park would have had 59 bicycles at 11 stations around College Park and the University of Maryland campus.” Ouch.

    That’s it for this Friday! If you’ve got tips, suggestions, or pointers for next week’s edition of Collecting College Park, leave them in the comments or email Alex at lxdlnbc@gmail.com.