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Mixed-use project has goal to revive Columbia's commercial office space

It has been more than a decade since a new commercial office building was built in downtown Columbia. But a new project promises to reverse that trend. "It's starting to become more vibrant, but it was dead. It was dead for 10 years," said David Costello, whose company, Costello Construction, has its offices on the downtown lakefront. On Tuesday, Costello and business partner Kingdon Gould Jr., a 90-year-old developer and former U.S. ambassador, took a step toward reviving the area by breaking ground on Little Patuxent Square, a nine-story, $75 million mixed-use commercial building to be built on a vacant lot between the lakefront and the Mall in Columbia. Costello said the...