After several changes of ownership and bankruptcy of one of the owners, plans are finally moving forward for the development of an urban town center for Columbia, Maryland, a well-known 1960s suburban "new town." The initial $100 million project involves 380 apartments, ground floor retail, and a public promenade. Orchard Development, Kettler, and Howard Hughes Corp. are the developers, and the designer is Design Collective of Baltimore, which won a Charter Award in 2006 for the project. Overall, 5,500 residences are approved for the town center. The project is briefly covered in the June issue — and we'll follow up with more reporting.
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