“This project is symbolic of the transformation from an auto-oriented old Route 1 to a more walkable urban community and mixed uses all along the way.” – Partnership Board Member and College Park Mayor, Andrew M. Fellows
In July 2015, the College Park City-University Partnership orchestrated a media event to announce the demolition of the long-vacant Koon’s Ford showroom to make way for redevelopment that will bring 156 hotel rooms, jobs, and retail, and contribute toward a more walkable College Park. This is a key redevelopment and represents an ongoing collaborative effort between neighborhoods, the City of College Park, Prince George’s County, the University, the private sector, and the College Park City-University Partnership.
“A great deal of effort went into making today possible – I am glad to be part of a team moving College Park forward. The College Park of tomorrow will be a more walkable, more vibrant place because of this development.” – County Council Member Dannielle Glaros
Business and Local leaders including David Hillman, CEO, Southern Management Corporation; Dannielle Glaros, Prince George’s County District 3 Council; Andrew M. Fellows, Mayor, City of College Park; Senator Jim Rosapepe, Chair of the College Park City-University Partnership; Carlo Colella, Vice President for Administration and Finance, University of Maryland; Eric Olson, Executive Director, College Park City-University Partnership spoke about how the redevelopment fits into the larger revitalization of College Park and were joined by College Park City Council Members Denise Mitchell, Patrick Wojahn, Alan Hew and Monroe Dennis.
Press from the Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, WNEW 99.1, WTOP, WUSA 9, The Diamondback and Prince George’s County TV covered the event.