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New manager named for Columbia project

The Baltimore Sun

Robert H. Grabner Jr., vice president/senior project manager of the tower division of WCI Mid-Atlantic U.S. Region Inc., has assumed responsibility of the Plaza Residences development, a 23-story tower planned for downtown Columbia.

Grabner replaces William Rowe, who recently left WCI to work with another development firm in the area.

Grabner will also be responsible for WCI's tower development activities in Virginia, which include the Club on Quincy, a mixed-use condominium development in Arlington.

Florida developer WCI has faced increasing financial pressure in a struggling condominium market. Locally, delays on the Columbia tower project, on Wincopin Circle, have stemmed from a court action filed by four plaintiffs to stop the project in a case that's pending.

Also, two bills that would have potentially blocked the tower died in the Howard County Council in November when there were not enough votes for passage.

Based in Bonita Springs, Fla., WCI has been a leading builder of upscale communities in Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland for 60 years.

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