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Downtown Development Meeting Scheduled Thursday in Columbia

Howard Hughes Corp. officials will share plans, answer questions and accept comments.

Columbia residents will have their first chance tonight to see details of the downtown development plan as envisioned by the Corp.

Hughes representatives will host a pre-submission community meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at , at which they will share concept plans for the development proposed for land known as parcels C and D, adjacent to

The company envisions more than and 70,000 square feet of retail space in the land.

Also included in the presentation will be details about the road network, as well as the final development plan for the Warfield neighborhood.

The meeting will be held in Room 400 of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall on the HCC campus.

JH October 27, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Please , no more apartments needed in Columbia or Howard County. They don't pay their own way. They only push up everyone elses taxes.
Jerry Krasnick October 30, 2011 at 06:04 PM
I agree 100%. Columbia, nor Howard County need any more apartments. Back in the day, apartments were a transitional form of housing, and the people who rented apartments, for the most part, were responsible people, who cared about their neighborhood. Now, apartments have become the "ghettos," yes, I said it, of suburbia. It's clear as day. The more apartments an area has, the more crime, the lower the test scores in schools, and the lower the home values...bottom line. Show me an area in which this is false. If you need more money, why would you approve more apartments, only to spend more on infrastructure???? Doesn't make sense. I am soo ready to move out of Howard County, the benefits are no longer outweighing the cost.
CJ23 October 31, 2011 at 01:41 PM
It looks like the two lots in question are those vacant spaces between broken land and the mall parking lot? This seems like a good use of that space to me.
LJ Burke November 02, 2011 at 04:43 PM
What do you mean people in apartments don't pay their own way? There are plenty of people who live in apartments and condominiums who pay a huge amount to live here. Yes high density housing ups the percentage of people who may be slobs, or disrespectful to their community which is relative to the numbers of folks living in the community. I've seen plenty of single family homes where it is clear that the owner is less than a desirable neighbor. To paint all "apartment" residents as deadbeats is an uninformed statement. Renters pay higher costs than many homeowners here as there is little affordable housing. They pay taxes - deal with yearly rent increases, and some have crappy landlords. People have to live somewhere - perhaps we should be teaching our children and young adults how to grow into better citizens and neighbors who will assure that communities do not atrophy into "ghettos."

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