Councilman Bob Catlin reported on several projects that had been scheduled for College Park, including the student housing development being built across from the Post Office on Route 1. The development site for that project has been cleared of trees, etc.
Other projects in the City are not faring as well, being victims of the bad economy. Everything not related to student housing is “dead.” Projects that had been approved can no longer go forward because they cost so much.
Student housing is still “upscale” enough to go forward – it’s got a lot of retail associated with it.
The student housing to be erected in front of University View is scheduled to start construction by the end of this year.
Starview Plaza has requested permission to add another floor. It will be a “green” building, as mentioned at previous BDCA meetings.
Our section of Route 1 might be the only one that is improved within the next five years.
The City of College Park staff don’t like the proposed former Branchville Fire Department site for the new City Hall. The staff would rather it be located somewhere down near the “hustle and bustle” of downtown College Park.
Regarding student housing, in spite of the financial problems, the City will get $300-400 per student in taxes.
The full-time city contract police will begin working as early as December. Candidates are currently being interviewed.
A concern was raised about traffic spillovers resulting from the new student housing along Route 1. Bob believes that since most students who will live there will either walk or take the shuttle to the campus, there will not be a significant increase in traffic. A lot of parking for students who live in the new student housing along Route 1 will be located on campus, so a lot of those cars won’t even come out on Route 1.
The M-Square project and other employment opportunities in the city will hopefully attract families to purchase homes in the City.
6. Agenda Item 6. Holiday Party.
There will be a holiday party in Fealy Hall on December 13th, from 1pm to 3pm. Al, the former BDCA treasurer, has agreed to put on the Santa suit once again. Lori Young would like to do a little more decorating for the party than has been done in past years. Because of the holiday party, there will be no business meeting for the month of December.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 pm.
Liesl Koch, Recording Secretary, BDCA