Developers Break Ground on the Little Patuxent Square Mixed-Use Project in Downtown Columbia

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman was present in Columbia on Tuesday, July 29, to help break ground on a new, major commercial and residential development. Called Little Patuxent Square, the project represents the first new commercial building constructed in the city’s downtown since 2001.

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman was present in Columbia on Tuesday, July 29, to help break ground on a new, major commercial and residential development. Called Little Patuxent Square, the project represents the first new commercial building constructed in the city’s downtown since 2001.

The project is developed by LPP Investors and constructed by Costello Construction. According to The Baltimore Sun, its total cost is $65 million. When finished, in 2016, the project will deliver a nine-story building constructed to high efficiency standards, on a 1.1 acre site near Lake Kittamaqundi. It will have 160,000 square feet of office and retail space, and 160 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residential units. The building will also feature green roofs, space for Zip cars and outlets for electric vehicles.

Little Patuxent Square will be the first concrete frame office building in Columbia. According to a Howard County news release, most of the Class A office space has already been leased by a major Maryland-based technology company.

“We are setting a new standard for quality development in Columbia,” David Costello, owner of Costello Construction and a partner in Little Patuxent Square, said in a press statement. “The market demands the sustainability of LEED Silver construction and the convenience of a broad array of amenities.” Costello added that the project will fill a growing need for high-end office space in Columbia.

Little Patuxent Square is a key part of the next wave of growth in Downtown Columbia. In 2010, County Executive Ulman and the Howard County Council adopted a new plan for the area. It created the opportunity for new offices, homes and major community improvements.

“The next chapter of Downtown Columbia is unfolding before our eyes,” County Executive Ulman said. “This project is happening now because Downtown Columbia has become a prime destination to live, work and play.”

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