New apartments coming to College Park after last year’s Fuse 47 fire

by Constantine Martin
For Unwind Magazine

The five-alarm fire that destroyed the Fuse 47 apartments in April 2017 isn’t stopping developers from building a residential space in its place once again. Wood Partners, the developer of Fuse 47 apartments, expects to open their new Alloy by Alta apartment building at 4700 Berwyn House Road to the public this winter, said Wood Partners director Scott Zimmerly.

Wood Partners has focused on making its 275-unit apartment building one of the most wstate-of-the-art living options in all of College Park, MD, according to a Wood Partners press release.

While the building plans are the same as Fuse 47, Alloy by Alta will push the boundaries of College Park apartment buildings, Zimmerly said.

“It’s still going to be very innovative, very high-end, very new and fresh and leading-edge versus anything in College Park,” Zimmerly explained. “These types of apartments are going to resonate with a lot of different types of folks.”

Some of the high-tech features include a conference room with View Dynamic glass, ButterflyMX phone application building and amenity access, a Wellbeats virtual fitness training in-gym studio, cardio fitness equipment with 15” integrated TV screens, common area Wi-Fi hotspots, Luxer One package rooms for 24/7 access for residents, electric vehicle charging stations, an outdoor TV lounge transit screen for Uber, buses and Metro as well as many other amenities, according to Zimmerly.

Apartment units will feature luxury apartment finishes, including GE Energy Star stainless steel appliances, deep undermount sinks, quartz counters and moveable kitchen islands. Select units will also include terraces and balconies offering views of courtyards and the pool deck with a water lounge, a fire table, grilling stations and cabanas, according to the press release.

Alloy by Alta neighbors other technologically-advanced facilities such as the University of Maryland Research Park and the newly-built hotel on U.S. Route 1, a situation that Zimmerly sees as great for the city.

“There’s a lot of high-end, leading-edge design happening all right there,” said Zimmerly.

Alloy by Alta will be competing with other off-campus apartments near the university, such as Landmark and Terrapin Row, as well as various on-campus living areas.

“Location is the most important thing for students looking to live in apartment buildings,” said Matthew Brown, junior electrical engineering major. “If it’s close to campus and a reasonable price, I’m sure students will want to live there.”

Last April’s fire occurred two months before residents expected to move in, causing an estimated $40 million in damages and half of the building to be torn down, thus delaying the opening over a year and a half.

Wood Partners has not yet established its rent for future residents and declined to comment on the cost of the Alloy by Alta development and construction process.

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