Today the University of Maryland President Dr. Pines announced to “pause” the proposed development of the Western Gateway graduate housing project.

The proposed Western Gateway development would have happened at the sites of the Guilford Woods and the Guilford Run site, spanning over 9 acres of wooded land. The community in College Park and the surrounding areas have expressed deep concerns about the loss of hundreds of trees and the stormwater issues in the surrounding neighborhoods.

More about the community’s concerns can be found here.

The community has opposed the development of the Guilford Woods site (Photo credit: the Hyattsville Wire)

Instead, Dr. Pines announced to redevelop Old Leonardtown into a new mixed-income residential community prioritizing graduate student housing.

This request, issued by the Terrapin Development Company, would seek interest in developing quality housing at accessible price points, tailored to the UMD graduate student community, the announcement reads.