The news of the UMD’s decision to purchase The Washington Post’s old College Park Plant has stirred quite an interesting debate among the city residents and the UMD students.

The new 18.5 acres facility, located at 5245 Greenbelt Road (map below) will be the closest ‘official’ UMD operation near our district.  UMD plans to relocate services such as a bus depot it currently houses on the east side of campus, the site of a planned redevelopment project that includes housing for graduate students, retail space and a hotel.

UMD staff and many students are excited about the news of this purchase. They are hoping that the new facility may save the Wooded Hillock, which has been the center of controversy as the proposed site for the $900 million 38-acre East Campus development. 

“We no longer need the majority of the hillock,” said Ann G. Wylie, vice president for administrative affairs. “[The Post building] will easily, easily accommodate all of our service functions.”

The city officials seem not so happy. The purchase of the plant by UMD means to them the loss of important revenues the city used to get when the Washington Post plant was operational. The Post paid $259,000 in city property tax last year. The tax revenue was the second largest after $300K tax from the Camden apartments near IKEA.

Some are also worried about the rise of varsity traffic on the University Blvd / Greenbelt Rd. once the facility becomes operational.

5245 Greenbelt Rd