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October 7, 2013
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The Washington Post – Miranda Spivack, 10/07

Brian Gibbons’ proposal to the University of Maryland for a shopping center and housing draws flak from prominent Maryland lawmakers. They say the new proposal would “undermine the vision” of the Master Plan for College Park, including the Golf Course specific section.
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September 24, 2013
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WJFK (106.7 The Fan) – The 19th Hole

Michael Williams of The 19th Hole on 106.7 The Fan interviewed Senator Paul Pinsky regarding the potential development of the University of Maryland Golf Course. Sen. Pinksy encourages people to Let Dr. Loh & the Board of Regents know that this is a bad idea—and speak out in a loud tone.


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September 19, 2013
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Why close a top-ranked course?

There is really no reason to close a course that is ranked by a national magazine in the top 30 nationwide. The University of Maryland should be celebrating these successes, not entertaining bids to pave them over. What would Dr. Loh’s course of action be if the football succeeds this year? Pave and lease their practice field?

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September 16, 2013
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WNEW (All News 99.1) – George Mesthos, 9/12

WNEW’s George Mesthos reporting on the Public Meeting regarding the potential development of the University of Maryland’s Golf Course.

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September 12, 2013
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The Baltimore Sun – Jeff Barker, 8/19

Developer’s $100 million-plus campus plan could sink Maryland golf course:
A prominent developer has met with Maryland President Wallace D. Loh to gauge interest in a proposal costing more than $100million to add a large, mixed-use development on land now occupied by the school’s golf course and to provide a direct link to the campus from Interstate 95.
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September 12, 2013
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Public Meeting with the Coalition – Thurs, Sept. 12, 5:00pm

Friends and Members of the University of Maryland Golf Course

As you are most likely aware, a local commercial real estate developer (Greenberg Gibbons) has been in active discussions with Dr. Wallace Loh, the President of the University of Maryland, as well as with members of the Board of Regents (BOR) and state and local politicians to gain support for a proposal that potentially would lead to the demolition of the UMD Golf Course. Please take note of the attached letter (PDF file), dated July 8, that Dr. Loh sent to Mr. Brian Gibbons, CEO of Greenberg Gibbons. I have highlighted the key sentence therein.

In the intervening two months a subcommittee of the Friends of the University of Maryland Golf Course, called the Maryland Golf Course Coalition (MGCC), has been reaching out to local and state politicians, community leaders, environmentalists, University administrators, BOR members, and persons we deem as “influential” to express our opposition to any development proposal that would directly impact the existing acreage of the golf course. The MGCC has emphasized the point that an open process has not been used to involve key stakeholders in the decision making process. Of particular note is the fact that Dr. Loh and Mr. Gibbons have been actively touting this proposal for many months.

You are cordially invited to attend a public meeting with the MGCC members on Thursday, September 12, at 5:00 p.m. in the golf course clubhouse William L. Thomas banquet room. The agenda will be to:

  1. recap what we have learned to date;
  2. outline how you can help in our opposition to this proposal; and
  3. answer your questions.

I encourage you to attend this critical meeting. My understanding is that within the next few months, a decision by the University will be made on whether or not to proceed with the proposal “to repurpose some of University’s golf course” (phraseology taken from Dr. Loh’s letter to Mr. Gibbons).

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