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County approves 9-story building in downtown Columbia

County approves 9-story building in downtown Columbia

Plans to build a nine-story building in downtown Columbia's lakefront neighborhood were approved last week, allowing construction on the long-awaited project to begin in the spring.

The building, known as Little Patuxent Square, will be a mix of office, residential and retail space. Construction is slated to begin in mid-March, and is expected to be completed in January 2016, according to developer Costello Construction.

"It's a huge step for downtown Columbia," said David Costello, owner of Costello Construction.

Costello's revisions to the original plans for the site were unanimously approved by the Howard County Planning Board at a Jan. 2 meeting, a blessing...