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.

More than 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 will be a statewide hub for advances in lifesaving bio-medical innovation.

Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation

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

Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center

This building stimulates active, connected learning with the latest technology in 22 classrooms and labs.

The Hotel at the University of Maryland

This 10-story luxury hotel and conference center also features a spa and four restaurants and ample meeting space.

MilkBoy ArtHouse

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

New Cole Field House

The rejuvenated campus landmark will have a full-size indoor football field, two outdoor fields, athletic training facilities and venues supporting academics, entrepreneurship and research in sports medicine and human performance.

Riverdale Park Station

Whole Foods Market anchors this development that also includes 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 will rise on the site now occupied by the Quality Inn and Plato’s Diner.

James Clark Hall
Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center