Monday, September 20, 2010

The Varsity to Rise Quickly in College Park

While many housing projects in the metro area are getting underway thanks to government subsidies, University of Maryland student housing is going private. Clark Builders Group are ahead of schedule on The Varsity, a six-story, 258-unit apartment complex being developed by College Park Gateway Properties. Contractors report that they are currently "topping out framing, hanging drywall, installing interior trim and cabinets and laying bricks." The development, although not required in any way to accommodate students, and open to all interested individuals, is being heavily marketed to University of Maryland Students. Located just off Route 1, a stone's throw (or an empty beer bottle's throw) from campus, at 8147 Baltimore Avenue in College Park, developers claim the 401,297 s.f. wood-framed building will be able to house over 900 students upon completion.

The standard brick and concrete exterior over wood frame design by Grimm & Parker Architects won't necessarily win any awards, but the building has been packaged with plenty of student-friendly amenities (study rooms, game rooms, and a 2-story state-of-the-art gym, to name a few) and access to green open parkland, as well as landscaped courtyards. The development also includes a partially elevated parking deck (over 200 spaces) and 19,298 s.f. of ground-floor retail space, which developers confirm were completed on May 15th are set to become a sit-down restaurant/sports bar along with a large convenience store. Although the deal hasn't been made official yet, Looney's Pub is expected to be the first tenant of The Varsity.

Shuttles to campus will help students avoid DUI's and get to class on time, and in-house tanning beds will aid students looking to supplement their vitamin D intake. Units will be fully furnished with granite countertops, full kitchens with modern, black energy-star appliances, upscale furniture, washer and dryer units, Wi-Fi, and a flat screen TV with expanded cable. Developers are promising over 27 different floorplans, and promising that all bedrooms will be paired with their own private bathrooms. Construction will be substantially completed this spring, and The Varsity will begin leasing over the summer, just in time for the start of the next school year.

Many other developments are planned for the Baltimore Avenue corridor in College Park. The local blog Rethink College Park reported earlier this year that five of the seven active developments in the are were student housing projects. Clark Enterprises has been involved with two nearly completed projects in University View I & II, both right next door to the almost completed Varsity.

D.C. Real Estate Development News


Eric said...

Whoever wrote this misspelled "The Varsity" three times throughout the article! Spell check anyone? It literally is the least you could do to make reading the articles less distracting in a grammatical context.

Eric said...

P.S. Thank you for fixing the errors!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to see the face of the out of state adults who rent at this place, having no idea what they've just gotten themselves into.

Anonymous said...

It is absolutely criminal that the county is allowing all these huge developments to go up along Route 1 without any improvement to the transportation infrastructure. Traffic on Route 1 is already a NIGHTMARE! I cant bear to see it in 3 years.

Anonymous said...

Re: "transportation infrastructure": Isn't the Purple Line supposed to alleviate some if not all the traffic issues along Route 1?

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