The University of Maryland may be doing away with its golf course, potentially opting to turn the land into a development that would include a road linking the campus to Interstate 95.
Developers presented University President Wallace Loh with the preliminary plan in July, according to a report in the University of Maryland's Diamondback, but have not decided whether or not they'll pursue the project further. Brian Gibbons, CEO of development firm Greenberg Gibbons, said the project would ease traffic congestion on Route 1 and include academic, athletic and recreational amenities. The development would also cost developers, and pay the University, in excess of $100 million.
“Route 1 is already a failing highway now, and it is projected to get much worse,” Gibbons said in a statement to The Diamondback. “This will make it ultimately impossible to attract or approve high-quality amenities near the campus.”
The proposal to raze the beloved course has met vocal opposition from a range of groups and activists seeking to protect it. Supporters of the course have met with state leaders like Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael Busch.
“You don’t see a lot of green space around College Park other than the golf course,” said Norman Starkey, chair of Friends of the University of Maryland Golf Course. “The detriment would be the loss of a valued green space, a tremendous asset.”
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