Porcari Initiates East Campus Market Study

Today, vice president of administrative affairs John Porcari sent an email to the campus community asking for input on the proposed East Campus Development initiative. This planned retail services study comes after a poorly advertised and poorly attended public information meeting about the initiative on the 11th. The full letter is below.

We encourage everyone to complete the short survey

East Campus 1999 Arch Studio

We got the following message after completing the survey:


If you get the same thing just comment to this post and tell us what you think East Campus should be. We’ll listen to you! (Update 9/23: The survey has been fixed, please take it!)

Dear Members of the University of Maryland Community:

The University’s plan to redevelop the East Campus District, located at US Route 1 and Paint Branch Parkway, as a lively, mixed-use environment is the greatest opportunity we have to enhance the physical campus and add the kinds of amenities (such as a specialty grocer, nice restaurants and quality housing) that our outstanding students, faculty

and staff employees want and deserve. One way you can help at an early stage of the process is to participate in a short, online survey in order to evaluate retail services and residential options available to you in the area around campus.

The results of the survey will provide the University with valuable information about how you feel about existing retail offerings (including shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues) and what additional retail services you would like to see. We are also interested in how you feel about residential options near the University
(undergraduate students will not need to complete this section because a recently completed housing study covered the same topics).

If you are a student, faculty or staff member affiliated with University of Maryland, College Park, we encourage you to help us with this exciting project by completing this short survey. Simply click on the link below, or paste it into your browser:


All responses will be kept confidential and only reported in aggregate. Please answer all questions to the best of your knowledge. The survey website will be open from Thursday, September 21 to Friday, September 29.

Thank you in advance for your help and support.


This note was authorized for distribution to
University of Maryland Community by:
John D. Porcari

7 thoughts on “Porcari Initiates East Campus Market Study”

  1. My message when I finished said that I was unqualified for the survey, I guess being a senior, and leaving this year means my opinion doesnt count towards the University’s plans for campus.

  2. I got the same message as we posted here and I am a graduate student. Perhaps they had a certain number of each type they were looking for and many more responded than they planned?

  3. We need more “meeting” places for students, staff, and faculty. Ex: coffee houses, cyber cafes. We also need a small grocery store.

    Whatever you add to East College Park, make sure that traffic can flow smoothly on Route 1. Another important item is to have crosswalks like downtown Silver Spring. Turn all the traffic lights red for 1 minute and pedestrians can cross anywhere in that intersection. Don’t allow right turn on a red light.

    Parking needs to be more organized than the College Park shopping center. Need a separate area for delivery trucks.

  4. I just completed the survey and didn’t have any problems with it. These are all good ideas, how can we get them realized?

  5. Probably the best way to get ideas realized is through grass roots operations like this blog, in addition to placing pressure on elected officials through op-eds, letters to the editor, attending city council and board of regents meetings, and community organization.

    Developers are already extremely interested in shaping the College Park Renaissance….

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