Burnim Supports MARC Plan
Development Sector Plan on Schedule
By Bekah Oester
This summer, Bowie State University President Mickey L. Burnim spoke at a July 14 hearing in support of the MARC station sector plan. The plan, Burnim said, "reflects the hard work and thoughtful consideration of our interests that took place over the course of a year. It is bold and creative, and is very much aligned with our goals. All of what we could hope for as we work to build a greater university appears to be provided for in the plan," would expand the BSU campus to include a new MARC station, additional campus housing, and retailers. The decision to adopt the plan will be made in October.
In an email to the BSU community regarding the plan and hearing, Burnim said, "I believe it is important to speak out in support of measures such as this to provide greater access and opportunity for the students we serve. As president of Bowie State University, I will continue to be a part of these discussions."
In Burnim's statement presented at the hearing, he summarized the features of the plan, and encouraged it's approval, saying, "Approval of the Plan would clear the way for Bowie State University to realize its long-term goals for expansion: we envision, among other things, more student housing and affordable housing for junior faculty; a convocation center or central gathering place to hold University events to which the public could be invited; and places for students, staff and faculty to shop and enjoy the surroundings. All of these things we believe will enhance the quality of the educational experience for our students ... the plan reflects the hard work and thoughtful consideration of our interests that took place over the course of a year. It is bold and creative, and is very much aligned with our goals. All of what we could hope for as we work to build a greater University appears to be provided for in the Plan. I enthusiastically endorse it and urge you to approve it."
If the preliminary plan is adopted by the Prince George's County Council and Planning Board in October, the next step would be approval of the plan in February 2010.