CityPaper Profiles College Perk

This week’s Young and Hungry column in the Washington CityPaper profiles College Perk, describing the owner, former Army Ranger Chris Gordon, the coffeehouse’s eclectic atmosphere, and the food: “The Fruitbat is a bitch to eat, given that its chunky ingredients tend to flee from their crescent-shaped hideaway. But if you manage to cram everything in your mouth at once, the result is a richly layered sandwich that begins to blow College Perk’s cover: The place, you realize, is not just a simple, trippy coffeehouse after all.” College Perk is located at 9087 Baltimore Ave.

> CityPaper: “Young and Hungry: Cuppa G.I. Joe

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How Do You Build a College Town?

That’s the question towns from Columbia, Ohio to Mansfield, Connecticut are pondering as they construct new city plans — and multi-million dollar projects – to build vibrant towns for their Universities. While we’re skeptical huge projects alone can build a great college town, we applaud these cities for their vision. How will College Park measure up?

After the state committed to spend more than $2 billion for improvements to all its campuses, the University of Connecticut decided on a sweeping project at its main campus in this hamlet in the still-rural town of Mansfield. Working with local officials, it plans to demolish the meager downtown, which looks more like a makeshift set for a Hollywood western than a New England college center, and build a town from scratch.

Construction of the development, called Storrs Center, is scheduled to begin next year. The project will include up to 300 market-rate rental housing units, up to 500 residential units for purchase, about 200,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, 40,000 to 75,000 square feet of office space and 5,000 to 25,000 square feet of civic and community space. A town square will be at its core, mimicking the greens at the center of hundreds of New England villages.

New York Times: “UConn Decides to Build Its Own College Town

City Council Rejects 1-Story Bank

The College Park City Council has voted unanimously to oppose a proposed 1-story Commerce Bank. The proposed building would go at the site of the abandoned Showcase Furniture building on Route 1 between Calvert Road and Guilford Road. This quote is from the Gazette story:

College Park resident Leo Shapiro was one of many to speak out against the proposed bank. ‘‘This does nothing at all to move us toward our vision for College Park and it would be an enormous and shameful waste of an opportunity,” said Shapiro, adding that the single-story single-use structure would not be consistent with the Route 1 Sector Plan. ‘‘Here’s an opportunity not to waste this space on a bank.”

> Gazette: “City opposes using property for bank

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