College Park Economic Development Update–July 2009





On December 13, 2008, the developers of the Cafritz Property held a community meeting to discuss changes made to their proposed project. The new plan will include over 900 multi- family units, 200,000 square feet of retail, 36,000 square feet of office, and a 120-room hotel on 36 acres. The project would provide a wooded buffer to neighborhoods to the west and north and set aside a third of the site for green and open space. A hiker biker trail would provide limited access to the Calvert Hills neighborhood and the College Park Metro Station. However, at this time, the project is not deigned to provide vehicular or non- vehicular access to River Road and Kenilworth Avenue to the east. Revision details can be accessed at: Recently, the developers of the Cafritz property filed a Zoning Map Amendment.


Located at the corner of Campus Drive and Mowatt Lane on the Poole property, this project is expected to be a 5-story luxury multi-family building with 250 residential units and 5,000 – 10,000 square feet of retail. The Hanover Company will be the developer. The developer will market the project to graduate students, young professionals, visiting professors, and empty nesters. The project is expected to be delivered in the Fall of 2012 based on a tentative construction schedule. A pre-application notice for a zoning change to M-X-T was accepted on July 28, 2008. The Planning Board recommended approval for this zoning change request on December 18, 2008. The Zoning Hearing Examiner heard this case on January 21, 2009 and filed a decision with the District Council on April 3, 2009, recommending an approval with conditions.


Three developers had submitted Detailed Site Plan applications for the South Core — Pulte (DSP included infrastructure for the South Core), Fairfield, and RCP. While the Pulte and Fairfield DSPs received Planning Board approval, RCP’s plan was never scheduled for a Planning Board hearing. All three projects are now inactive. A new developer, Craftstar Homes, has signed a contract to purchase and develop 56 townhouse lots within the Pulte portion of the South Core. A Planning Board hearing date has not yet been scheduled for the Craftstar DSP.


On November 25, 2008 a pre-application notice for the development of approximately 10,000 square feet of commercial space with frontage on Baltimore Ave was submitted to the M-NCPPC. Mazza has filed a Detail Site Plan (DSP) application for the commercial frontage; however, a Planning Board hearing date has not yet been scheduled.


After a nearly six-month search for a developer for the proposed East Campus project, the University of Maryland chose the partnership of Rockville-based Foulger-Pratt and Argo Investment for the 49-acre mixed-use parcel. A Detailed Site Plan has been filed and accepted by M-NCPPC. No Planning Board hearing date has been set. As planned, East Campus will have 654 student housing units and 857 market rate housing units. The commercial space will include 309,399 square feet of retail, 78,451 square feet of entertainment, 104,416 square feet of office and a 200- room hotel.



This project is located south of University View on the west side of Route 1. The developer, College Park Gateway Properties, LLC, is proposing to construct a six story mixed- use development that includes 258 units (901 beds) of student housing and 20,019 square feet of ground floor retail. The Planning Board approved the Preliminary Plan application on December 18, 2008. The Planning Board approved this project’s Detail Site Plan with conditions on January 22, 2009. The District Council approved a rezoning request on March 23, 2009. The State Board of Public Works recently approved a land exchange involving the University of Maryland, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and the applicant. The developers of this project expect to break ground in August 2009.


The Planning Board approved the vacation of part of an alley on the College Park Motel site at 8419 Baltimore Avenue on June 23, 2005. The Planning Board approved the Detailed Site Plan with conditions on February 15, 2007 and the final resolution on April 19, 2007. On May 14, 2007, the District Council elected to review the Detailed Site Plan. On July 9th, the District Council adopted an order affirming the Planning Board’s decision, with additional conditions. The new hotel will have 50 rooms. The developer of the project has applied for permits.


The Mosaic is located approximately 800 feet southwest of the intersection of Campus Drive and Mowatt Lane. The developer, Owner Entity Fund II, LLC, proposes to develop intergenerational housing at the site, a concept that builds on the strong attraction that alumni have to their alma mater. The project will have 300 multi-family units. The Detailed Site Plan was approved by the Planning Board on October 30, 2008.


Located at 9620 and 9624 Baltimore Avenue, this Baywood Hotels project will be a 75- room extended stay hotel. The Planning Board approved the Preliminary Plan of Subdivision for Towneplace Suites on September 8, 2005. The Planning Board approved the Detailed Site Plan with conditions on September 18, 2008. The District Council reviewed the Detailed Site Plan on January 12, 2009 and took it under advisement.


On November 12, 2007, the City executed an agreement with the developers regarding the build out of the second phase of University View (8300 Baltimore Avenue) and the development of the 8400 Baltimore Avenue project. In the agreement the City gave its general support for both projects to be student housing with ground floor retail. Together with University View and University View II, this project was purchased by Clark Enterprises, Inc. The Planning Board approved the University View Village Detailed Site Plan with conditions on May 21, 2009.


The owner of the property at 9909 Baltimore Avenue filed a Conceptual Site Plan, Preliminarily Plan of Subdivision, and Detailed Site Plan for a 22,000 square foot office building at the northeast corner of Rt. 1 and Edgewood Road. The Planning Board approved the Preliminary Plan and Conceptual Site Plan on January 25, 2007. The Planning Board approved the Detailed Site Plan, with conditions, on April 12, 2007. The District Council heard the Conceptual Site Plan and Detailed Site Plan on June 18, 2007. The District Council adopted an approval order affirming the Planning Board’s decision, with additional conditions, on September 11, 2007. The developer is currently pre-leasing for office space.



The garage will be located at the corner of Knox Road and Yale Avenue with 300 parking spaces and 5,800 square feet of retail. The Pre-Application Notice for this project was filed on August 8, 2007. On November 6th the Detailed Site Plan application was filed and accepted by M-NCPPC. The Planning Board approved the Detailed Site Plan with conditions on January 24, 2008. The City had a ground- breaking ceremony for this project on June 19, 2008 and construction is 75% complete. An official grand opening has been scheduled for August 5, 2009.


5850 University Research Court project—a 120,000 square foot office building—is currently nearing completion.


The District Council adopted a revised order affirming the Planning Board’s decision, with additional conditions, on July 9, 2007. The developer, Collegiate Hall Properties of Greenville, South Carolina, plans to develop 231 units of graduate student housing with additional commercial space on the Mazza property, west of US Route 1 and Hollywood Road. The Planning Board approved the applicant’s request for a vacation of right-of-way on December 20, 2007. In early November of 2008 the developer broke ground for this project.


Approved by the City and Prince George’s County in October of 2006, this project has been designated as a priority economic development project by the County Executive. The project will include 268,762 square feet of leaseable space, a 700-space parking structure and a 500-seat auditorium.

The developer, Opus East, will seek to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for the project. The project is a component of the M Square University of Maryland Enterprise Campus and is currently nearing completion. NOAA will lease the building for 13 years.

Although the NOAA project is nearly completed, Opus East, the developer, has suspended the project and is the process of suing General Services Administration (GSA) in federal court over escalating development costs.


The developer, Starview Plaza, LLC, is proposing to construct a mixed- use development that includes 147 units (550 beds) of student housing, 9,487 square feet of ground floor retail, and a 355 space, integrated parking garage. The Detailed Site Plan for this project was approved on July 24, 2008 by the Planning Board and on September 9, 2008 by the District Council. The developers of this project filed a plan amendment to add one additional story. In February, the plan amendment was approved by the County’s Planning Director. The additional story will add 30 housing units (112 beds) to the project. As a result, the project will now offer 177 housing units (662 beds). The developers of Starview have begun site preparation for this project (June 2009.)


The University View II is located in front of University View and will house University of Maryland Freshman Connection students. This project is under construction. University View and University View II, as well as an additional planned expansion project, have been purchased by Clark Enterprises. The Otis Warren Group, an original owner of the project, will retain management in all phases. When the University View II and an additional expansion project, known as the Village, are completed, another 1600 beds will be added.


Located north of the Beltway on Route 1 in College Park, the Village is a mixed-use development, which includes Camden’s 500- unit apartment complex, townhouses for sale by GBI, Inc., and 40,000+ square feet of commercial office-retail space developed by Road Development. Current retail tenants include Pearle Vision, Verizon Wireless, Fed Ex Kinko’s, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Starbucks, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Massage Envy, and Essential Spa. Buffalo Wing Wings, which occupies the southern restaurant pad site opened in March 2009. The residential occupancy of the Camden at College Park has surpassed 65%. A nearly completed Einstein’s Bagels restaurant now occupies the Village at College Park’s northern pad site.



The University of Maryland is proposing an Office and Research development project on 48.57 acres of property it owns in M Square. The University has given notice to M-NCPPC of its intention to submit a Preliminary Plan of Subdivision to re-subdivide two existing plats of subdivision, Litton Technology Center and Riverside.


Working with the City of College Park and Prince George’s County, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) spent May 14 – 15, 2008 evaluating the TDOZ warehouse district for development opportunities. The TAP, specifically, examined two underutilized parcels owned by Clyde Dent and Prince George’s County, which are located across the street from the College Park Metro Station. Currently, the Dent property is for sale for $6.2 million. A PowerPoint presentation is available from Christopher Warren ( The panel’s final report has been released. The panel formally presented its findings to the College Park City Council on October 7, 2008.


A community meeting for the new Central US 1 Corridor Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment (SMA) was held September 17, 2008. A design charrette was held on December 5 thru December 10. A Post-Charrette Workshop for the Central US 1 Corridor Sector Plan and SMA was held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, 2009, at the College Park Community Center. For additional details and upcoming meetings use the following link:

A draft of the Preliminary Plan is expected to be available after July 2, 2009, while a Public Hearing has been scheduled for September 15th. A public information meeting will be held on July 8th at 7pm at the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts.


The Washington Post Plant, located on Greenbelt Road in College Park, is expected to close this summer. The Post has placed the property on the market with Cushman Wakefield’s Baltimore office. The broker for this property is Matt Laraway. He can be contacted, by email, at and, by phone, at (410) 685-9882.


Baywood Hotels, which currently owns three adjacent hotels between Cherokee and Delaware Street, is interested in redeveloping a consolidated site. The proposed project is located immediately to the north of the defunct JPI Jefferson Square Apartments site. The project would demolish the existing Howard Johnson and Days Inn and replace the hotels with a Springhill Suites and a Homewood Suites. The Ramada Inn will be renovated. Baywood also expects to add a stand- alone retail component to the project.


The City of College Park will be holding a Real Estate Roundtable on Friday July 17, 2009 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM. The event will be held at the Clarion Inn, which is located at intersection of Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) and Berwyn Road in College Park, MD. The keynote speaker, Ann Wylie, the new Vice President of Administrative Affairs, will discuss the status of the East Campus and M Square Enterprise Campus projects. A full breakfast will be provided. There is no cost for this event.

3 thoughts on “College Park Economic Development Update–July 2009”

  1. Hey, given that they are starting to prepare the site and all the plans have been approved, you could change Starview Plaza to “green” on the development map. I’m sure there are other changes that could be made as well. Very exciting stuff.

  2. Lassick is marketing his property. It has a detailed site plan (though the plan also incorporates a lot of adjacent property and likely is not be buildable in the current economic climate).

    Lassick’s liquor liscense was not renewed by the County’s Liquor Control Board (it expired on May 31), as the trailer was not intended to become a permanent fixture on Route 1.

    Starview Plaza has run into financing issues, though the developer has recently acquired the large parcel of land that was owned by the City, so that he now has control of the three parcels that are to be combined for the project.

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