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
by admin Comments Off on 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?
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. Read the full article here.
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:
recap what we have learned to date;
outline how you can help in our opposition to this proposal; and
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).
September 10, 2013
by admin Comments Off on The Diamondback – Yasmeen Abutaleb
University of Maryland golf course may be rezoned:
A developer is considering whether to propose building an “academic village” that would replace the university golf course and alter traffic flows. Read the full article here.
September 7, 2013
by MGCC Comments Off on The Washington Post – Tracee Hamilton, 9/7
University of Maryland considers getting rid of golf course and going for the green:
With dollar signs in its eyes, U-Md. is thinking about letting a developer pave over its golf course. Read the full article here.
August 23, 2013
by MGCC Comments Off on The Washington Post – Tracee Hamilton, 8/13
An environmental group, self-identified as Anacostia restoration advocates, wrote directly to Dr. Loh to plead that the University reject proposals to diminish the environment in and around the Golf Course.