From Plan To Reality
Opened in 1967, the planned city of Columbia was considered pioneering in its approach to the built and natural environment and its impact on people and institutions. Its founder, James W. Rouse, was the subject of a cover story in Time magazine.
Today Columbia is embracing its second chance at becoming a national model. The Downtown Columbia Plan, unanimously passed by the Howard County Council in 2010, is reigniting Columbia’s original determination to be extraordinary.
The Howard Hughes Corporation is embarked on a 30-year project to transform Columbia’s formerly suburban core into a live-work-play Downtown and is fulfilling its destiny as a real city.
New apartment homes, industry leading companies, entertainment venues, restaurants and internationally recognized cultural events have taken root.
Investments since the passage of the Downtown Columbia Plan, including the development currently underway in the Merriweather District, are already approaching $1 billion.
The Howard Hughes Corporation is evolving three new districts – Merriweather District, Lakefront District and Central District – in Downtown Columbia.
The Merriweather District
is the first high density, mixed-use neighborhood in Downtown Columbia. Distinguished by its proximity to Merriweather Post Pavilion, the neighborhood is home to corporate headquarters, thousands of residences, streets lined with shops, restaurants and an outstanding entertainment venue, the Chrysalis, surrounded by the beauty of environmentally preserved woodlands and trees. The latest technologies, such as autonomous parking enabled in garages powered by STEER, make the neighborhood even more convenient.
The Lakefront District
is nestled on Lake Kittamaqundi, a natural gathering area for festivals and other outdoor events. It is home to popular dining destinations, such as Sushi Sono and other great gathering places. The Lakefront District includes corporate offices, The Pearl Spa, and Whole Foods Market. There are plans to add more office buildings, shops and high-rise housing overlooking the lake.
The Central District
is the home of The Mall in Columbia, a popular regional shopping destination that includes Nordstrom along with dozens of national and local eateries and hundreds of shops. The Central District also includes Corporate Row, townhouses, condos and three amenity-focused apartment residences: The Metropolitan, m.flats and Ten.M, all within walking distance of offices, shopping, services, entertainment and recreation, as well as miles of pathways and parkland.