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.