Washington Post Columnist discusses Hillock and East Campus

Op-Ed piece from the Post on Sunday discussing the Hillock site. The university should look again. I’m willing to raze trees when necessary for the sake of smart growth, such as to build the light rail Purple Line linking College Park to Bethesda. But this plan contradicts the university’s numerous, solemn pledges to become a … Continue reading Washington Post Columnist discusses Hillock and East Campus

BREAKING NEWS: East Campus Developer FP/Argo is Out

[flickr]483234201[/flickr] On Friday the University announced the shocking news that they have ended the relationship with the primary developer for the East Campus project Folger-Pratt/Argo. This is a considerable setback for the 38-acre project that was billed as the catalyst for a revitalized route 1 and College Park. Despite best efforts, the current economic downturn … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: East Campus Developer FP/Argo is Out

East Campus Gets Its Own Stimulus Package

In the age of multi Billion dollar bailouts and Trillion dollar budgets this story seems almost quaint. The state budget includes $5 million (small m) to defray University relocation costs for East Campus. Several departments must be moved to make way for the development. Some local officials aren’t happy about putting up funds for a … Continue reading East Campus Gets Its Own Stimulus Package

East Campus Project on Hold. 2010 Groundbreaking “At best”

Not surprisingly the developers of East Campus are having trouble getting financing together so the project is now on hold.┬áVice President for Administrative Affairs Ann Wylie tells us “Don’t lose heart.” Well if it took decades to tear down the Starlight Inn I guess we can wait a year or so. I for one am … Continue reading East Campus Project on Hold. 2010 Groundbreaking “At best”

East Campus Final Design Unveiled

Yesterday, a veritable who’s who of College Park civic life gathered to take a look at the final plans for the East Campus project. Although a representative from the project architects Street Sense admitted the plans were “still changing as we speak,” dozens of formal MNCPPC “approvals” drawings were scattered about the room, and the … Continue reading East Campus Final Design Unveiled

East Campus Design Presentation Thursday

This Thursday FP/Argo will present images and renderings of where the East Campus project stands at a meeting this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland Golf Course. We were told by a member of the development team they hope to file a Detailed Site Plan with the County in July. This meeting … Continue reading East Campus Design Presentation Thursday

Final East Campus ‘Principles’ Meeting Wednesday

After an extensive, seven-month process of official meetings, private negotiations, and Rethink College Park discussions, the East Campus Community Review Steering Committee is set to discuss and (hopefully) approve a statement of development principles that will guide the development of the project. The meeting is planned for this Wednesday, February 27th at 7:30 p.m. in … Continue reading Final East Campus ‘Principles’ Meeting Wednesday

Draft Principles Released for Last East Campus Meeting

The University has released this statement of principles, significantly more detailed than the last, for the Community Review Steering Committee to debate at the last East Campus meeting tomorrow night. Click here (or “read the rest of the post” below) to review the full text and provide your feedback. Tomorrow’s meeting will be held at … Continue reading Draft Principles Released for Last East Campus Meeting

Purple Line Route Set, ‘Enormous’ Underground Parking at East Campus

The East Campus project is located roughly half a mile from the College Park Metrorail station, adjacent ten bus routes, bisected by a bike trail connected to a major regional trail system, and the future home of a Purple Line light rail station. The project developers have made a guess as to how much less … Continue reading Purple Line Route Set, ‘Enormous’ Underground Parking at East Campus

East Campus Meetings Tonight, Jan. 28

The next East Campus Community Review Steering Committee meetings will be held tonight (January 14th) and January 28th. Tonight’s meeting will examine parking and transportation issues, and the meeting on the 28th will be concerned with the committee’s overall development principles. Both meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Prince George’s Room of … Continue reading East Campus Meetings Tonight, Jan. 28