I don’t think they can. This Diamondback article “Doubts Arise about Crucial East Campus Funding”, spells out the difficulty over the University of Maryland acquiring the necessary funds from governments to relocate the facilities. They didn’t mention the fact that the original plan for relocating the facilities to the Hillock, has drawn concern many times over. Nevermind the difficulty of getting the necessary funding from the state government, but that the stipulation for the $5 million dollars the state has already authorized, and the stipulation for continued funding involved approval by the College Park City Council.
“But a provision in the state budget mandates the university OK its spending plan with the City of College Park. Administrators have yet to approach the city about where it will direct the first $5 million dollars, and Vice President for Administrative Affairs Ann Wylie — the top official focusing on the project — said she didn’t know how the university will pay for the relocation costs FP-Argo planned to cover.”
It’s a good thing UMD for Clean Energy was been actively engaged with our City Council candidates over environmental issues during the recent elections. See endorsements, our march to the polls, a reaction, and our recent presentation over tax breaks for green businesses.
Having spoken with the incoming City Council members on multiple occasions during the election and gauging their views, I can say with a high confidence that this city council will not agree to the relocation funding if it involves destruction of the Wooded Hillock. I’m trying to use my imagination hard to see how the University gets around this, because they have an active one.