LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The University of Maryland, College Park is close to finalizing a deal to bring a huge hotel and conference center to the intersection of Route 1 and Paint Branch Parkway.

WNEW’s John Domen reports that the project would anchor a vacant piece of land that once housed a bus depot near the main entrance to the school.

The hotel would be 11 stories, making it one of the tallest buildings in the area.

County councilman Eric Olson says the facility could serve as an “economic development driver” for the school and the wider College Park community.

University officials tell The Washington Post that the hotel would provide a much-needed local option for upscale accommodations.

The Post reports that the Maryland Board of Public Works declared the vacant land as “surplus” last month, a move that opened the door for the university to move forward with the plans.

Talk of moving into the development stage of the project comes as the university is transitioning out of the ACC and into the “Big Ten,” which some say will create even more demand for hyperlocal accommodations.

The hotel would be just over a mile away from the College Park Metro station, and would also be extremely close in proximity to the Purple Line.

WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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