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$100 Million Luxury Building Unveiled for Downtown Columbia

The building will be the first in a long-term development plan for Town Center.

A $100 million luxury apartment and retail building planned for downtown Columbia will be introduced to the public at a pre-submission county meeting at Howard Community College on Tuesday, according to the Downtown Columbia website.

The building will include 380 apartments and 14,000 square feet of retail, according to an article in the Howard County Times.

It will be the first step in a 30-year plan to develop Town Center into a more walkable, urban downtown.

The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia building will include one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury apartments that range in price from $1,500 to $2,800 as well as first floor retail shops, according to the Howard County Times article.

The meeting for the development of Parcel D, the location where the building is planned to be built, will take place on May 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, Room 400, at Howard County Community College. Parcel D is located just west of the mall ring road and east of Broken Land Parkway on the west side of the mall, according to the website

Are you excited for development to begin in Town Center?

jj May 18, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Polly ---- there are lots of apartments in the area now. You can rent one if you wish. We need to have balance in the area. Seems you have something against people that want to buy a home.
Polly May 18, 2012 at 01:19 PM
jj - lots of apartments ? of course there are, but, unfortunately not in an area I'd feel safe living in. did you even read what I wrote? I have nothing at all against homeowners at all, where did I say that? I said I'd even consider buying a condo, or is that not the type of homeownership you want? Many people, especially those of us that are 55+ would love to live in a nice, safe home that would omit the necessary and costly maintenance of a single family or townhome. Even the article in the Howard County Times that is linked here indicates there is a big demand for apartments. I'm sorry you don't like it, but it is what it is, just deal with it.
jj May 18, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Polly --- I wish you well in your search. You are correct about many apartments in the area no longer being a safe place to live. Ask the local police how safe these "luxury" apartments in Columbia are today --- not safe at all. I know you hope these new ones will be different. You may even think they will make the Mall and mall parking lot safer. Good luck.
Anne May 18, 2012 at 06:07 PM
If you are on a limited income, Polly, then a condo is NOT your best choice because you have to be vigilant that your condo board sets aside an adequate amount for long-term maintenance & replacement of major systems, roofing, HVAC, grounds, interior spaces, etc. And then there is the problem of fellow owners who have destructive "guests" who visit & trash the property & its amenities. Guess who gets to pay for the repairs in addition to your monthly mortgage & utilities? I would recommend that you give serious consideration to moving OUT of Columbia. It is overpriced, overbuilt & overrated.
BOH May 23, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Polly, a big part of why the apartments aren't safe is that policymakers and other decision-makers in affordable and public housing don't strike an effective balance between dignity, fairness, and pragmatism in implementation. I appreciate the ideals of affordable housing, and believe we should cleave to them. But it's completely irresponsible to not carefully address the accompanying realities--namely, crime and other problems caused by a few bad apples who sully the program's image.

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