Downtown Columbia: The Downtown Columbia Plan was adopted by the Howard County Council on February 1, 2010 after five years of community input and discussion. The goal of the plan is to create a vibrant downtown through a pedestrian-friendly mixed-use environment. To facilitate this goal, the plan allows for the development of 5,500 residential units, 1,250,000 square feet of retail, 4,300,000 square feet of of office, 640 hotel rooms and a conference center in Downtown along with guidelines for a more walkable, sustainable and activated downtown.

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Source: Downtown Columbia Plan

Village Center Redevelopment: Village centers were developed as  the community gathering space and neighborhood shopping destination for each village. Columbia has nine village centers. Wilde Lake was the first village center, originally constructed in 1967 and River Hill the latest in 1997. Several village centers have been or are in the revitalization process to ensure they continue to remain an integral part of the community and serve the daily needs of its residents.

Wilde Lake Village Center: Redevelopment of the Wilde Lake Village Center is well underway. . The new development will include new retail and office development and be complemented by the addition of more than 230 residential apartments.

Long Reach Village Center: Due to concerns about the declining village center, Howard County Council passed legislation that declared the majority of the village center to be an Urban Renewal Area. As a result, Howard County purchased the most of the village center in October 2014 and the anchor store in February 2015. Howard County Government held several community meetings to provide an opportunity for the community to be involved in the creation of a  vision for a revitalized village center. This year, the County Council will review and approve an Urban Renewal Plan and, subsequently, Howard County Government will move forward with a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit interest from private developers to purchase the County’s property and redevelop it under the guidelines of the Urban Renewal Plant.

Hickory Ridge Village Center: In December 2015, Kimco Realty, owners of the village center, presented their plan to  redevelop the Hickory Ridge Village Center. This is the very first step in Howard County’s the  village center redevelopment process..

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