As property manager of the Boulevard at the Capital Centre in Landover, Scooter Monroe is plenty busy. The shopping center gets so much traffic that on most nights, few parking spaces are available.

Still, Monroe found time to take on a second job this summer. Tune in to ESPN or go to, and you'll see him acting in a commercial for Under Armour, a Baltimore sports apparel company.

Monroe plays a high school football player in the commercial, which stars former University of Maryland Terrapin and current Dallas Cowboys defensive end Eric "Big E" Ogbogu.

During a flashback to Ogbogu's teenage years, Monroe plays a young Ogbogu making a rough tackle in a high school game. With a football helmet on, Monroe is barely recognizable.

"There was supposed to be a portion in street clothes and Miss Maryland played my girlfriend, but that got edited out," Monroe said this week.

Before joining the Baltimore-based Cordish Co., developer of the Boulevard at the Capital Centre, Monroe attended the training camp of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2003. He also was a wide receiver at the University of Maryland.

Monroe has also done some modeling, but with the Under Armour filming completed, he is keeping his eyes on the busy mall he manages. "The only complaint is that it is so crowded, and that's a good thing," Monroe said. "I'd rather have a lot of people there than no one."

College Park Apartments

The University View Apartments in College Park opened last week in time for students to move in for the fall semester. Built on a site that was home to a used-car lot and a McDonald's, the development is one of a number of projects planned to revitalize the Route 1 corridor.

Targeted at University of Maryland students, it has 350 apartments and is within walking distance of the campus. It also has space for ground-level retail stores and a parking garage.

University View was developed by Otis Warren & Co., which worked with SJM Partners of Potomac. It includes wireless Internet access in common areas, an electronic entry system and a pool and terrace with a view of the campus. The complex is fully leased and has a waiting list.

Alfonso Cornish, the county's deputy chief administrative officer, said in a statement last week that the high-rise will be the standard for development in the area.

For the past few years, county officials have focused on revitalizing Route 1. A law passed by the County Council five years ago required all small used-car lots to close to make way for more aesthetically pleasing developments. To assist with the revitalization, the state and county began giving tax breaks to arts-related businesses to promote the creation of an arts district.

The University of Maryland and the City of College Park have also encouraged the redevelopment. The university has invested in a 120-acre research park called M Square near the College Park Metro station. The City of College Park has championed projects that include parking garages to help it deal with traffic jams and a lack of parking. University View has a pedestrian bridge that links it to the campus.

Lanham Center Rising

Vista Gardens, a 407,000-square-foot shopping center in Lanham, is under construction. The project will include a two-story office building. Shoppers Food Warehouse will be the anchor tenant for the retail component, and Chevy Chase Bank, Starbucks and Grace's Cafe have also signed on. Grace's Cafe is a spinoff of Grace's Fortune, the Chinese restaurant and Prince George's mainstay founded by Michael Lee and his family in Bowie. Home Depot and Target are also planning to build stores there. Manekin Construction of Columbia is building the project. The Michael Cos. of Lanham is developing and leasing the property.

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