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City to Host Public Forum about Leasing the Calvert Road School Site to the University of Maryland

PUBLIC FORUM

Proposal to Lease the Calvert Road School Site
to the University of Maryland
for a Child Day Care Program and Community Meeting Space

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
2nd Floor Council Chambers
4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740
7:30 p.m.

The College Park City Council will hold a Public Forum on March 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. to present the proposed terms for a long-term lease agreement between the City and the University of Maryland for a Child Day Care program at the Calvert Road school building. The lease will also make provision for community meeting space.

On July 5, 2016, University of Maryland representatives Carlo Colella (Vice President for Administration and Finance) and Anne Martens (Assistant Vice President for Administration and Finance) formally presented a concept plan to the College Park City Council for a City-University sponsored Child Day Care Program at the Calvert Road School site, which is owned by the City. The building has been vacant since the Friends Community School ended its lease in 2007.

At a subsequent Worksession on September 6, 2016, representatives from Bright Horizons, which is the child care provider selected by the University of Maryland, met with the Council to discuss their proposal for an employer-sponsored child care program at the Calvert Road site.

On September 20, 2016, the City Council formally authorized staff to begin negotiations with the University of Maryland on the proposal. City staff and University of Maryland representatives have been engaged in these negotiations since last fall. A Public Forum will be held on March 14 at 7:30 p.m. to present the proposed terms reached with the University of Maryland and to answer any questions from the public. In addition, representatives of the University of Maryland and Bright Horizons have been invited to attend and answer questions. The City Council will not be voting on the proposed terms at this meeting.

For more information please contact Janeen S. Miller, City Clerk, at 240-487-3501.

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