The long awaited opening of the Mazza Grandmarc took place today as the first graduate students were allowed to move in. The primary move in date for non graduate students will be August 22nd. I spoke with the on site manager who told me the Mazza is now around 45% full (it was under 10% full when rethink college park visited there a few months back). A little over 60 people will be moving in today which is a around 10% of the total capacity for the apartment complex (around 630 beds). Two aspects about the Mazza that excite me the most are that it is connected to the Paint Branch Bike Trail system which leads to the University of Maryland campus and that it has its own UMD DOTS bus route. Hopefully students will take advantage of these ecological friendly options when deciding how to get to campus which would help minimize the traffic impact that the Mazza will create.
I won’t write too much about the Mazza Grandmarc as there is already a long history of articles on it on this site, but the Mazza property owners are still trying to buy the properties directly on Route One in front of the apartment complex so they can build decent retail establishments there. Hopefully the opening of the Mazza today is just the start of a redevelopment process that will both beautify a section of Route One and lead to more high quality dining and shopping options in College Park. Despite the fact that the Mazza is finally opening today this project is still a work in progress in terms of its full potential.