Downtown Columbia

Creation of a mixed-use urban core for Downtown Columbia, Maryland containing an additional 14 million square feet of uses comprised of 5,500 dwelling units, 4.3 million square feet of office, 1.25 million square feet of retail and 640 hotel rooms.

Since 2005, Linowes and Blocher has worked closely with Howard Research And Development Corporation, its design consultants and Howard County elected representatives and staff to draft and obtain approval of a new 30 year master plan, zoning and other legislative approvals, and approval of initial development plans for up to 14 million square feet of retail, commercial, residential, hotel and cultural redevelopment of Columbia's downtown core, including up to an additional 5,500 residential units, 4.3 million square feet of commercial office space, 1.25 million square feet of retail space and 640 hotel rooms.

The firm also assisted the client in obtaining County authority for and forming a nonprofit entity, the Downtown Columbia Partnership, to serve as the manager of the Downtown Columbia Plan, to implement transportation initiatives within the Downtown Columbia District and to market the District as a vibrant, economically robust, and desirable place to live, work and play.

In 2012, the International Downtown Association awarded its IDA Merit award for excellence to the Downtown Columbia Master Plan. In 2013, the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission awarded its 2013 Maryland Sustainable Growth Award for Community Planning and Development to Downtown Columbia.