Residential development plans advance in Columbia

The Howard Hughes Corp. moved closer this month to firming up plans for an 817-unit residential development in Columbia's town center by naming two partners who will help carry out the project.

Howard Hughes announced it will be working with Kettler of McLean, Va., which specializes in multi-family housing development. Also involved with the partnership is Orchard Development of Ellicott City.

Howard Hughes officials announced in October that they were seeking county approval to build a mixed-use development containing up to 817 residences and more than 75,000 square feet of retail space next to the Mall in Columbia. The company has not disclosed a cost estimate for the project or a construction timetable.

In a follow-up announcement this month, Howard Hughes officials said the first phase would include about 375 high-end rental units and more than 14,000 square feet of ground-level retail space. Design Collective is the project architect. Preliminary plans will be presented to Howard County's Design Advisory Panel at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.

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