Public Meeting Monday on Massive ‘East Campus’ Project

Rethink College Park just noticed this article reporting the University will host an important public meeting about the East Campus Redevelopment Initiative tomorrow, Monday, September 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the Colony Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union. We wrote in August about the project when the university launched a website targeting developers.

University leaders hope to build offices, housing, stores, and a conference center on 38 acres of University land bounded by Paint Branch and Route 1. The facilities currently occupying the land — including the Shuttle-UM bus barn, maintenance shops, and mail facilities — will be relocated elsewhere on campus. University officials are also holding a “Developer Information Session” on Thursday, September 14 at 9:30 a.m. in Ritchie Coliseum. We encourage community members to attend the meeting Monday to learn about this important project and learn how they can contribute input in the process.

What: Public Meeting on East Campus Redevelopment Initiative
When: Monday, Sept. 11, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union

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Redevelopment Area in Purple

UMD to Build its Own Downtown District

The University has begun courting developers (website) for an ambitous public-private partenership to redevelop its landholdings between Paintbranch Parkway, Route 1, and Frat Row. The project has been left relatively open-ended, but it will certainly be mixed use (both retail and student housing) and cause a dramatic shift northwards of College Park’s commercial core. It is the “single largest private development opportunity on Route 1.” The site’s central location to many parts of campus as well as its proximity to the north campus high rises, the new research park, and the proposed purple line make it an ideal location for such a massive project.

East Campus Map

The University will conduct a developer information session on September 14th and choose between competing proposals in the coming months. The selected developer’s final architectural plans will be available May 2007. We’re encouraged by the University’s continued commitment to invigorate downtown College Park and we look forward to a public and open process as the project moves forward.