Downtown Columbia received a Downtown Merit Award from the International Downtown Association (IDA) this past weekend for its multi-year work to plan for the development of the city's Town Center.
The Downtown Columbia Master Plan is the fruition of more than six years of planning and community meetings that began in 2005 with a Town Hall meeting focused on James Rouse's vision for Columbia, according to a timeline of the plan.
"Columbia, Maryland has long been synonymous with visionary planning," Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said in a statement. "And this recognition shows once again that Columbia is in the vanguard of community planning."
IDA awards merit awards for exemplary projects in the field of downtown revitalization that focuses on innovation, inclusive representation of stakeholders, sustainability and outcome.
Over the next two decades, development companies, led by Howard Hughes Corp., will use the plan to create a downtown that will feature apartment buildings, more than 4 million square feet of office space, new retail shops, a redesigned Symphony Woods, more restaurants and walkable connections to Columbia's lakefront.
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