Mazza GrandMarc The Mazza GrandMarc (MGM), the first student housing in north College Park is set to open this fall.

The property is located at 9540 Baltimore Avenue, at the west end of Hollywood Road, and north of Jordan Kitt’s piano shop.

The rent ranges from $889 to $1560 a bed depending on the type of units (4br or 1br unit). The  Shuttle UM will provide service to campus every 20 minutes throughout the day.

The complex is mainly designed with the graduate students in mind – the MGM website advertises a 10% discount for the grad students.

The complex will house 630 beds in 231 units. There are 637 parking spaces. The DSP (detailed site plan) of the project can be found here.

The project took some 10 years and $43 million to get completed. The Mazza received preliminary approval in November 2004 and final approval from the PG County Planning Commission in May 2006.

The project went through a protracted battle between the UM students and Tom Dernoga, the district 1 county councilman. In august 2007, the UMd’s Graduate Student Government president accused that the project was being held hostage by Mr. Dernoga, something he dismissed later.

The NCPCA members discussed the Mazza plan several times in the past and generally approved the project’s goal.

The Rethink College Park (RTCP) made extensive coverage of the MGM project throughout its development.