A new pocket neighborhood in Old Town College Park is looking to attract university staff and faculty to put down roots in the city.
Situated on Howard Lane off of Rhode Island Avenue, the community will consist of seven custom homes. The land is the former site of College Park resident Bob Kidwell’s family garden. Kidwell, a University of Maryland graduate and College Park native, grew up around peers with parents employed by the city and the university. This inspired him to help the community grow and attract new residents.
The goal is to attract city and university faculty to live in College Park by providing them with the opportunity to purchase brand new, custom homes close to work, reducing their commute and overall impact on the area’s transportation infrastructure.
Executive director of the College Park City-University Partnership, Eric Olson, told the Diamondback that the blending of university employees with other College Park residents fosters a “true living-learning community.”
The new houses will be eligible for the partnership’s Homeownership Program, providing $15,000 in forgivable loans to full-time university and city employees. The city is also offering $5,000 in grants to those purchasing new single-family homes in the city.
Aside from attracting more city and university employees to live in the area, the new development will also support local businesses, as there will be increased local residents over the summer months.
For more information, see the official brochure or contact the development’s architect: DKacar@ClassicDesignandBuild.com.
The Diamondback 9-29-16