Some say the housing cooperative could shape what affordable housing looks like in College Park.
They hope the data will influence city decisions.
A detailed site plan will follow the preliminary plans soon, according to the city planning director.
These organizations have already witnessed the toll that the pandemic is taking on families struggling to make rent.
UMD researchers conducted a comprehensive study about how aspects of the built and social environments play a role in COVID-19 transmission in the city.
"All I want to do is be on campus."
Provost Mary Ann Rankin wrote in a campuswide email that the spring semester would still be conducted in a hybrid fashion.
Many students are weighing their options before signing a year-long lease.
If a student contracts or is exposed to someone who has COVID-19, they have the option of quarantining at their permanent residence or in university isolation housing.
More than 100 students are currently in quarantine or isolation housing.