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Old 04-25-2021, 08:02 PM
 
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Was in CP this weekend for the first time in a while. Starting to see some of the big changes with the new city hall mostly complete and the southern gateway going up fast. With the project next to the hotel recently announced (yes 3-4 years away) and the redevelopment of the 7-eleven shopping center, downtown will be vastly improved. However, until the main CP shopping center gets redeveloped, downtown will not reach its full potential. What a colossal waste of prime real estate and the bank on the corner of Knox and Balt is terrible - should be a Terp themed bar/restaurant or gear shop on that corner. Parking lot is a waste. Hopefully the property owners see the potential with all the other projects and will raze the shopping center and replace with a mixed use / town center concept with more density and underground parking. One can dream...
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Old 04-26-2021, 11:10 AM
 
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Downtown redevelopment plan currently underway was first developed in 2013. Shopping center was in plan but because of existing leases was going to come last. Still to come is old Applebee's site and adjacent parking lot.
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Old 04-26-2021, 01:20 PM
 
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What do you mean the shopping center was in the plan? The plan of the property owner? That is the only plan that matters . As for leases, if they were planning to redevelop back in 2013 I would think the lease issue/timing would be very different in 2021.

That would be the most transformative development for downtown by far and since it is directly between southern gateway and the 7-eleven development, would connect the two and create a great, vibrant downtown that just doesn’t exist today.

Is the old Applebee’s site already planned for development? If so, any diagrams of the proposal? Thanks.
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Old 04-26-2021, 03:03 PM
 
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Rosenfeld, the owner of the shopping center, is also the owner of the kinkos and Applebee property. So yes, he was part of the ownership group that was involved in the downtown planning. The Applebee property was originally part of the project now underway. Cost considerations probably caused it to be pushed back to a next phase.
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Old 04-26-2021, 03:40 PM
 
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Appreciate the information. Good to hear the owner is participating in the vision for downtown. Hopefully something starts moving in the next few years.
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Old 04-26-2021, 07:38 PM
 
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It would be nice to have a bookstore in the area. All of this redevelopment usually does not include options for small businesses.
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Old 04-27-2021, 07:27 AM
 
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It would be nice to have a bookstore in the area. All of this redevelopment usually does not include options for small businesses.
That, unfortunately, is up to Amazon. I REALLY wish Amazon would invest in local book stores. They were great places for discussions, readings, and nothing beats browsing and seeing book covers, etc. Not to mention being able to by a book a sit and read at the attached cafe.

Amazon took that away for some communities.

Also, what major university doesn't have a local bookstore? ANd not just books for students. College Campuses are full of people that read. lol Duh!

I'm not saying we need a two story Borders. But at least a book store that has the latest releases and some classics would be nice.

College Park doesn't even have a public library. I understand the one that is in use is funded by donations. My question is, what the hell is the UMD system, state, and county waiting for? It should be integrated into one of these projects.
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Old 04-27-2021, 06:13 PM
 
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https://www.marylandmatters.org/2021...an-epic-fight/
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Old 05-09-2021, 03:24 AM
 
Location: College Park
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Last month the new owner of the Enclave student apartment building began construction of phase 2 of the project. The existing building was sold for about $54 million. 77 new units with 296 beds. 96,000 square feet of new construction, which is 10,000 square feet less than what was approved for phase 2 more than a decade ago. The building is to be renamed The Nine at College Park.
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Old 05-20-2021, 07:39 PM
 
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https://www.bizjournals.com/washingt...ew-leases.html
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