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Howard County Council approves historic overhaul for downtown Columbia development


After months of deliberation, the Howard County Council Wednesday approved a $90 million public financing deal and affordable housing plan for downtown Columbia as Howard Hughes Corp., Columbia’s master developer, overhauls the county’s core.

The historic deal could set the stage in making downtown Columbia a true urban environment envisioned by developers, planners and local elected officials as an economic engine for the county for years to come. Columbia’s founder, Jim Rouse, envisioned the full build-out of downtown in the 1980s.

“Tonight, we are one step closer to the development of a vibrant, urban downtown, as we prepare for nearly 13 million square feet of new commercial, residential and retail space,” said County Executive Allan Kittleman. “As development moves ahead, the county now will be able to keep up with planned growth and provide support for a new arts and cultural center, library, fire station, transit center and elementary school.”

Read the full article from The Baltimore Sun.



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