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A ‘Union’ of New Flavors in Greater College Park

Shake Shack, Chopt Among New Restaurants, Housing, Retail Adding Vibrancy to Community

By Annie Krakower

closeup of tray with milkshakes, fries and burgers from Shake Shack

Shake Shack and Chopt (below) are slated to open in the new Union on Knox complex later this year. The restaurants are just some of the additions coming to Greater College Park.

Photo courtesy of Shake Shack

Whether you prefer your avocado stacked on a burger with bacon or slipped into a salad, new additions coming soon to the community will cover both ends of the culinary spectrum.

Popular restaurants, transit-friendly housing and unique retail are among the latest highlights in Greater College Park, the $2 billion initiative to reinvigorate the community around the University of Maryland.

Take a tour around the neighborhood to see what’s new and what’s next:

Salads from Chopt
Photo courtesy of Chopt

Union on Knox
The towering new development where 7-Eleven and Marathon Deli used to be (don’t worry—the beloved eatery just moved around the corner!) will not only house nearly 800 students later this year, but will also feature Chopt and Shake Shack in its 21,000 square feet of retail.

“We can’t wait to bring healthy, flavorful dining options and to share our love for wholesome ingredients to the students, staff and community members who call this area home,” Chopt Co-founder Colin McCabe said of the popular salad spot.

Shake Shack, too, will add excitement to the area, said Ken Ulman, UMD’s chief strategy officer for economic development and president of Terrapin Development Company, and the beloved burger chain choosing College Park is “a real testament to the project.”

Studio, one-, two- and four-bedroom apartments are leasing now for the fall, and the restaurants are slated to open in late 2024, with more retail on the way.

The Atworth
Residents started moving into the 451-unit apartment and retail complex adjacent to the College Park Metro Station this month, with an official grand opening scheduled for April. Besides having WMATA, MARC and eventually light-rail Purple Line access right outside their doors, tenants will enjoy two courtyards, a resort-style pool and a yoga studio.

“It’s the first residential opportunity in the Discovery District. It’s a watershed moment.” Ulman said. “That will help improve the Metro-riding experience.”

Dog Haus Biergarten
Terps with a hankering for a hot dog now have options ranging from a chili-and-cheese-covered classic to a California-inspired avocado and arugula concoction. The restaurant, on the ground floor of the College Park City Hall building, also offers sausages and burgers with all the fixin’s, chicken sandwiches and local craft beer.

“That really rounds out all the retail in the City Hall block, and it will help activate the plaza,” Ulman said.

rendering of new mixed-use complex
Rendering courtesy of LV Collective

New LV Collective Development
Housing developer LV Collective this month announced plans for a new mixed-use project at the former Campus Village Shoppes location, which will include 299 residential units on seven floors, a ground-level coffee shop, a second-floor co-working mezzanine, 13,000 square feet of retail and a community center celebrating the history of the African American neighborhood of Lakeland. The project is slated to open in Fall 2027.

“With each development, we look for creative ways to collaborate with the community, embracing its history and honoring its character and culture,” Andreé Sahakian, senior development manager at LV Collective, said in a release. “We have worked closely with the city of College Park and the Lakeland community to create this development that will bring value and vibrancy to this neighborhood and honor its identity.”

The developer also worked with previous Campus Village Shoppes tenants to provide financial assistance for relocation or lease renewals, and it is welcoming back Taqueria Habanero, Hanmi Sushi, Mr. Fries and the UPS Store.

In Case You Missed It …
Busy around the holidays and the start of the new semester? Check out a few other recent developments from around Greater College Park:

  • Iron Rooster: The new breakfast-all-day eatery opened its fourth location in The Hotel at the University of Maryland in January.
  • Shop Made in Maryland: The store—featuring jewelry, artwork, food, clothing and more created by Maryland-based artists—opened on the first floor of the city hall building in December.
  • Commanders Business Operations: The Washington Commanders moved their corporate headquarters from FedExField in Landover, Md., to the Discovery District, with over 200 employees moving into offices on River Road in early January.

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