Implementing the Plan for the Future of Downtown Columbia

In February of 2010 after five years of community input, the Howard County Council unanimously adopted a 30-year Downtown Columbia Plan for the revitalization and redevelopment of downtown.

The Downtown Columbia Plan calls for the realization of Columbia developer James Rouse’s original intention that Columbia would be a “real city” and continue to serve as a model for smarter, more livable communities.

The plan specifically addresses 390 acres of property in the center of Columbia where mixed-use development will include residences, office buildings, stores and restaurants, hotels, entertainment venues, cultural and civic institutions, as well as parks and other natural amenities.

After more than a decade in the making, the time has finally come to fully implement our collective vision for the future of Downtown Columbia. To date, less than 10% of the Downtown Columbia Plan has been completed.

Implementing the Downtown Columbia Plan is critical to our sustained growth as well as our competitive edge for corporate headquarters, emerging businesses and sought-after retail shops, restaurants, culture and entertainment.

The Downtown Columbia Plan envisions a vibrant, connected community, including:

  • 6,244 residential units, including 900 units of affordable housing
  • 640 hotel rooms
  • 1.25 million square feet of new retail
  • 4.3 million square feet of commercial/office use
  • More than 20,000 permanent jobs
    • IT, corporate healthcare, cyber security, financial
  • 2,500 spaces in the new public, structured Merriweather Post Pavilion parking garage