General Growth to hold 4 forums on Town Center

The Baltimore Sun

General Growth Properties Inc. has announced two additional public forums in April to discuss the development of a master plan for Columbia's Town Center.

"These public forums will provide opportunities for the community to get to know members of our design team, to learn about the planning process and to respond to their ideas," Gregory F. Hamm, GGP's regional vice president and general manager of Columbia said in a statement. "This community involvement is key to the planning of Town Center as GGP continues its commitment to working with all those with a stake in Columbia's future."

Four meetings will be held, all beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the GGP Building, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway.

The schedule:

March 5: Evening with Alan Ward, a principal with the landscape architecture company Sasaki Associates Inc. He was the principal landscape architect responsible for winning the international design competition to develop the master plan for the site of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and for the development of Reston Town Center in Virginia.

March 19: Evening with Gail Dexter Lord. As president of Lord Cultural Resources, one of the world's largest cultural planning firms, Lord specializes in planning museums and other cultural institutions. Her notable projects include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Smithsonian's National African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington.

April 2: Evening with Keith Bowers, founder and president of Biohabitats, an ecological restoration design, planning and assessment firm. He has a broad background in restoration ecology, ecological planning and landscape architecture, which he has applied to hundreds of projects in North America.

April 9: Evening with Jaquelin T. Robertson. As founding partner of the architecture and urban design firm Cooper, Robertson & Partners, Robertson has led his firm's design work on many award-winning architectural and planning projects, including Daniel Island, S.C., New Albany, N.Y., Celebration and WaterColor in Florida, and Val d'Europe in France.

In addition to the forums, GGP will conduct meetings with the village boards and host issue-focused community forums on topics including the environment, arts, housing and transportation.

GGP will present its master plan to the public April 28. Information on master planning and meeting dates will be available at the project's Web site, www.columbia

The Web site will allow subscriptions to e-mail alerts of meeting dates, times and locations.

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