College Park gets federal aid for planning on U.S. 1 corridor

It is one of five cities EPA picked for new program

July 12, 2005

COLLEGE PARK - This city has been chosen to receive federally funded expert help in planning for redeveloping the congested U.S. 1 corridor through town.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Prince George's County city and four other communities nationwide would be offered the services of a team of private planning experts under a new Smart Growth program.

The EPA contracted with a Virginia-based consulting firm to provide $220,000 worth of technical assistance to the five communities in the coming year, according to agency spokesman David Ryan.

The EPA selected the five communities from among 56 that applied for help. The agency hopes to expand its growth-planning effort by compiling and sharing the experiences of the communities its experts work with, said Tim Torma, acting Smart Growth program director.

In College Park, Planning Director Terry Schum said the EPA-funded experts would be enlisted to help with a community "charrette," or forum, on revitalizing the highway corridor that runs past the University of Maryland's flagship campus.

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