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Feb. 15, 2013

The Howard Hughes Corporation, Kettler and Orchard Development Corporation Break Ground on $100 Million Metropolitan Downtown Columbia

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Shovels broke ground on February 11, as work started on The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia, a $100 million mixed-use project in downtown Columbia’s Warfield neighborhood. Developers and county officials attended the ceremony.

The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia will feature 380 one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury apartments with prices between $1,500 to $2,800, access-controlled garage parking and about 14,000 square feet of ground floor retail.  It includes such amenities as the largest resident clubhouse in Columbia, a fitness center with studio, media and game rooms, a catering kitchen with a dining area, a courtyard with an outdoor screening room, an all-season kitchen with built-in grills and bar, and a pool with submerged seating and cabanas. The project also calls for the construction of a 28,500-square-foot public promenade with a 6,000-square-foot children’s play area.

The Dallas-based Howard Hughes Corporation is working together on the project with Kettler, of McLean, VA, and Orchard Development Corporation of Ellicott City, MD. The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia is the first development to proceed under the 2010 Downtown Columbia Plan. The plan will bring 5,500 residential units, 4.3 million square feet of office, 1.25 million square feet of retail and up to 640 hotel rooms to downtown Columbia. Also included is the construction of a new multi-model transportation system and the redevelopment of Merriweather Post Pavilion concert venue.

“It is exciting to celebrate this pivotal first step in the revitalization of downtown Columbia,” said John E. DeWolf, senior vice president of development for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “This milestone has been highly anticipated by everyone in the community, especially those who have invested significant time and effort in the planning process.”

The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia is expected to be completed by spring 2014.

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