LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A controversial proposal to pave over the University of Maryland’s 100+ acre golf course and replace it with housing, shopping, and a highway from the beltway will not be submitted to the school, after all.

In a letter addressed to University President Dr. Wallace Loh and dated Oct. 23, chairman and CEO of the Greenberg Gibbons development company Brian Gibbons wrote that he never meant for his concept to “become a political football” or to cause “the University to become embroiled in political theatre.”

On Oct. 22, Maryland gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler publicly opposed the plan for development of the green space.

Instead of submitting the plan, which included a “Terrapin-themed parkway” and “Academic Village that would help create a world-class gateway to the University,” Greenberg Gibbons will devote its energies “toward further analyzing the development challenges facing Route One and to consider how we might be able to contribute toward coming up with beneficial solutions,” Gibbons wrote.


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