After weeks of opposition from local residents, business and community leaders, the plan to build an “academic village” on some part of the UMd golf course has been dropped.
Please see more about the news here on the Washington Post.
In a letter to the UMd. president Dr. Loh, the developer Mr. Gibsons wrote:
Dear Dr. Loh,
In response to your letter of October 14, we have been finalizing and planning to unveil a concept plan to create a Terrapin-themed parkway and Academic Village that would help create a world-class gateway to the University, while addressing mounting traffic congestion on Route One and other local roads.
Recently, some elected officials have come out in opposition of our idea, although none of them have seen our conceptual plan. As someone who loves the University, it was never my intent for this concept to become a political football or have the University become embroiled in political theatre.
As a result, we have no present plans to submit either our concept plan or a development proposal to the University. Instead, as suggested by several stakeholders, we will devote our energies toward further analyzing the development challenges facing Route One and to consider how we might be able to contribute toward coming up with beneficial solutions.
I look forward to supporting any and all efforts to help make the University a world-class institution in every way.
Best regards … and Go Terps,
Chairman and CEO
I am curious why there was so much opposition to this plan. Admittedly, I have not learned all the details; However, I feel like it would be good to spur development away from Route 1 and would alleviate some of the traffic if the “gateway” to UMD was moved. I’ve attended several comedy shows at UMD, and the opening jokes in every show were at the expense of how unimpressive it is to enter the UMD campus/college park area. If anyone has comments to share, I am interested to hear them.
Bekah, Here are a few articles where you can find the reasons for oppositions: