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Downtown Columbia affords its residents an amenity-rich lifestyle. Dining and shopping opportunities are within easy walking distance, as is one of the top concert venues in the country, the acclaimed Merriweather Post Pavilion.

The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia, a new mixed-use community featuring 380 luxury apartments and six retail shops, opened in 2014. The building includes an exceptional amenity package – clubhouse, fitness center, resort-style pool and a public promenade with interactive sculpture and play elements.

An additional two residential buildings, adjacent to The Metropolitan, will add a combined 437 residences, with additional street retail to come. TEN.M and m.flats offers studio to three bedroom apartments.. Both buildings feature a wide range of amenities including fitness centers, stunning pools, and outdoor entertainment space. m.flats opened in October 2017, and TEN.M is projected to open in February 2018.

The Downtown Columbia Plan calls for “a full spectrum of housing” to continue the original vision of Columbia as an inclusive community and to respond to the housing needs of the Downtown Columbia workforce. Plans for Affordable Housing in Downtown Columbia were approved by the Howard County Council in November 2016.

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Downtown Columbia is an economic hub for the region. Corporate headquarters and new businesses are attracted to the amenities for their employees—a critical mass of retail, restaurants, and entertainment–as well as the ideal location in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Columbia also has access to some of the best schools in the country for their employees’ families.

Development of the Merriweather District, a multi-building employment center, is underway near Merriweather Post Pavilion and Symphony Woods. It will be a vibrant, walkable, mixed-use environment including shops, restaurants, apartments, structured parking and parkland in addition to an important employment center for the region.

One Merriweather, a 220,000 SF building, opened as the home of MedStar Health’s new, expanded headquarters in January 2017. MedStar Health is the largest integrated healthcare delivery system in Maryland. The new building is located on the corner of Little Patuxent Parkway and Broken Land Parkway and will include a fitness center and upscale restaurant, in addition to an adjacent 1,200-space parking garage. One Merriweather was the first new office building in Downtown Columbia in 15 years.

Two Merriweather, an approximately 125,000 SF office building adjacent to One Merriweather, opened in November 2017 as the new headquarters of Pearson, an online and blended education company. Additional street level retail and a boardwalk over the bio retention pond offer additional amenities and outdoor spaces for the tenants of One and Two Merriweather.

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Columbia’s schools are consistently ranked among Maryland’s top school districts based on student performance. Nearly 93% of graduates go on to college at schools across the country or in their own backyard. Howard Community College, with an extensive array of credit-free offerings, professional development programs and undergraduate courses, is an innovative institution with more than 14,000 credit students attending each year. The Howard County Library System, with its central branch in Downtown Columbia, was named the top library system in North America by Library Journal in 2013.

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Downtown Columbia is the home of Merriweather Post Pavilion, which Rolling Stone magazine ranked as one of the best outdoor concert venues in the country. The pavilion is undergoing a $19 million expansion and renovation as part of the redevelopment of Downtown Columbia.

Other cultural amenities are being planned for adjacent Symphony Woods, home of popular festivals and fairs, and for public art displays throughout Downtown.

The Chrysalis, an outdoors performing arts venue, opened in April 2017 and has hosted a multitude of events so far including Downtown Columbia’s inaugural book festival, Books in Bloom, and OPUS 1, a music, art, light and sound festival that took over Merriweather Post Pavilion, The Chrysalis, and Symphony Woods in early October 2017.

Downtown Columbia also includes extensive pathways for walkers and bicyclists. A spa, Haven on the Lake, overlooks the lake, where families paddle boats in warm weather. In the summer months, free concerts and movies are held at the Lakefront, where some of the city’s best restaurants are located: Clyde’s, Petit Louis Bistro and Sushi Sono.

As development progresses, Downtown Columbia will become even more of a destination for dining with an array of new and unique restaurants and cafés.

 

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Downtown Columbia is already distinguished by The Mall in Columbia, a 200-store shopping center anchored by Nordstrom, Macy’s, Lord and Taylor, Sears and JCPenney. The 1.4 million SF center has 20 million visitors a year and employs 4,000 people.

Recent expansion has increased The Mall’s retail stores and restaurant choices and provided outside shopping and dining in a new plaza. In addition to the dozens of options in the Food Court, The Mall includes such popular restaurants as Seasons 52, Maggiano’s, The Cheesecake Factory, and P.F. Chang’s.

As Downtown Columbia develops, retail offerings will expand to provide a one-of-a-kind shopping experience with unique boutiques by local merchants as well as regional and national retailers.

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