An image gallery showing planned developments being constructed or debated in Downtown Columbia.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
For years residents have been interested in connecting the path, says CA.
Last month, the Columbia Association presented three plans to encircle Lake Kittamaqundi with a footpath designed by BayLand environmental designers. CA's board already approved planning and engineering funds for the project, according to Dennis Mattey, CA's director of construction. Currently the pathway traces about two-thirds of the lake, ending in a small loop at Kennedy Gardens, on the east side. The plan to encircle the lake has been in Howard County's general plan for years and was highlighted in CA's active transportation action agenda, according to Jane Dembner, CA's director of community building and sustainability. "The pathway around the lake has long been envisioned," said Dembner, in an email. "Nature lovers, runners, …
A look at the plans currently being constructed or debated in Downtown Columbia.
The start of construction at the Metropolitan Downtown Columbia and the Mall in Columbia have brought a focus back to the development of Columbia's Downtown. As the Downtown Columbia Plan becomes a reality, more and more of the designs presented in past community meetings will begin to appear in the city. Currently, construction projects are underway at the Mall in Columbia, the Warfield area where the Metropolitan is being built, and Clyde's on the waterfront where a $4 million renovation project was announced in December. John DeWolf, senior vice president of development for the Howard Hughes Corp., said at the Metropolitan's groundbreaking that the renovation of the former Rouse Company Headquarters to make it ready for a Whole Foods …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The plan is being hailed by supporters as a major achievement, but blasted by critics for a lack of specifics.
The Inner Arbor Plan to develop Symphony Woods is being closely examined as Columbia Association's Board of Directors moves closer to voting on it, possibly as soon as their Feb. 14 meeting. The new plan is being hailed by CA and county officials as a bold step that could make Symphony Woods an iconic city park. But specifics about the plan, such as cost and detailed design plans, have not been discussed by CA, which notes the plan is still in a conceptual stage. The conceptual plan inclues an Arts Village, which its designer, Michael McCall of Strategic Leisure, said would contain a new CA headquarters with underground theaters below it, a space for restaurants and fast food, a public meeting house, and a raised pathway connecting it to a…