The College Park area is undergoing an unprecedented building boom of academic and research facilities, startup businesses, housing, retail and the arts.

The Greater College Park initiative brings together the university, the city, and state and federal partners to encourage innovation and economic development and create a vibrant downtown along the Baltimore Avenue corridor—all along the tracks of the D.C. Metro system’s planned Purple light-rail line.

Nearly 30 projects—academic buildings, research and entrepreneurial endeavors, and community amenities—are already under way or on their way. Here’s a sample:

A. James Clark Hall

The new home of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering and a statewide hub for advances in lifesaving biomedical innovation.

Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation

A high-tech facility with collaborative spaces designed for advances in augmented and virtual reality, robotics, artificial intelligence and computer vision.

Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center

A building to stimulate active, connected learning with the latest technology in 22 classrooms and labs.


A custom-battery development company created at UMD that’s bringing 50 jobs.

The Hotel at the University of Maryland

A 10-story luxury hotel and conference center, as well as a spa and four restaurants and ample meeting space.


A restaurant, bar and performance venue that is a partnership between the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and Philadelphia restaurant and entertainment company MilkBoy.

New Cole Field House

A full-size indoor football field, athletic training facilities and venues supporting academics, entrepreneurship and research in sports medicine and human performance.

Riverdale Park Station

A development anchored by a Whole Foods Market and including a Hyatt House hotel, 850 apartments, 119 townhouses and retail.

Southern Gateway Project

A town center featuring a high-end grocery store, 300 luxury apartments and retail space on the site now occupied by the Quality Inn and Plato’s Diner.

Greater College Park