Monday, December 4, 2017
Downtown Columbia Update

Cybersecurity firm Tenable will be expanding into a new headquarters building in the Merriweather District.
Cybersecurity Firm Expands to Merriweather District
Tenable™ Inc., one of the fastest growing cybersecurity software companies in the country, will expand its Maryland presence with the development of a new, amenity-rich headquarters in the Merriweather District. 

The selected site is part of the redevelopment of Downtown Columbia, the 391-acre core of Columbia being revitalized by The Howard Hughes Corporation. Tenable’s move will further grow its current local employee base in the area and establish Downtown Columbia as an emerging hub in the rapidly growing cybersecurity industry. 

Tenable is scheduled to move in the third quarter of 2019 and will occupy approximately 150,000 square feet on the 7th-12th floors of the 12-story, 350,000-square-foot signature office building being built as part of the creation of the first high-density, mixed-use neighborhood in Downtown Columbia. 
Among the participants at the planting of pink-blossoming trees in Downtown Columbia were (from l.) Howard County Councilmember Mary Kay Sigaty, The Howard Hughes Corporation Senior Vice President for Development Greg Fitchitt, Blossoms of Hope Board Chairman Joe Barbera, Jan Hines of the Howard Hospital Foundation, and Lori Lilly, Director of EcoWorks.

Blossoms of Hope in Downtown Columbia

The Howard Hughes Corporation and Blossoms of Hope recently joined forces to plant 100 pink-blossoming trees – 65 Native Dogwood and 35 Kwansan Cherry – in Downtown Columbia. The planting is intended to maximize and draw attention to the natural beauty of Downtown Columbia by lining the streets with flowering trees from the Merriweather District to the Lake Kittamaqundi Lakefront.  The first blossoms are expected to bloom in the spring of 2018. 

The Howard Hughes Corporation purchased the trees from Blossoms of Hope which raises funds to benefit the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center. The trees were planted by Howard EcoWorks, a nonprofit with a mission to build a workforce to undertake environmental improvement projects in Howard County. It administers the Restoring the Environment and Developing Youth (READY) program that employs Howard County residents ages 16-26 to construct and maintain stormwater management projects, provide living wage jobs for young adults, and help Howard County meet its federally mandated storm water management obligations. 

More Trees Being Planted

Through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Canopy program, The Howard Hughes Corporation recently bought and shipped 350 trees to Howard County residents who reserved them at no charge. The trees are intended to help lower energy costs, filter air and water, reduce storm water and “green” our neighborhoods.

The Howard Hughes Corporation is also responsible for funding the planting of 46 trees on the campus at Howard Community College, which is seeking recognition as a Tree Campus USA.  The trees were planted by Howard EcoWorks.

Over the next 20 years, The Howard Hughes Corporation has committed to planting 10,000 trees of various kinds throughout Columbia and elsewhere in Howard County. 
Among the presenters at the Baltimore Chapter of the Urban Land Institute’s recognition of Columbia's 50th birthday were (from l.) Earl Armiger of Orchard Development and Greg Fitchitt of The Howard Hughes Corporation.  The duo discussed the redevelopment of the village centers and Downtown Columbia.

Columbia Birthday Observances Continue 

The Baltimore Chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) recognized Columbia’s 50th Birthday with a special program, “Columbia at 50: Learning from the past and celebrating future development,” held in the newly opened Two Merriweather overlooking redevelopment underway in Downtown.   

Speakers included three pioneers of Columbia development, Gary Clark, Lehr Jackson and Robert Tennenbaum, who recounted colorful tales of the early years.  Howard County Economic Development Director Larry Twele, Lynn Coleman of Howard Community College, Earl Armiger of Orchard Development and Greg Fitchitt of The Howard Hughes Corporation discussed the latest development activities including the recruitment of cybersecurity firms, the growth of Howard Community College, the redevelopment of the village centers, and the creation of a more urban center for Downtown Columbia. Over 200 people attended the event. 

Among the recent guests touring the Merriweather District were real estate professionals.

Real Estate Professionals
Tour Merriweather District

More than 100 members of the Building Congress & Exchange and NAIOP Maryland gathered recently for a project tour of the Merriweather District.  Greg Fitchitt and Ian Kennedy, Executive Director of the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission, updated the crowd on redevelopment efforts, including renovation of the Merriweather Post Pavilion. 

Mark Your Calendar

Festive Friday Family Fun
Free event presented by Downtown Columbia Partnership includes music, holiday arts and crafts, photo booth, ice sculptor and strolling characters from Frozen and Star Wars, as well as free snacks from Clyde’s and hot chocolate and cookies from Whole Foods Market.  

December 8, 6-8 p.m.
Lakefront Promenade in Downtown Columbia
Register here for the event.

“Miracle on 34th Street”

Musical adaptation of classic holiday film

Through January 7
Toby’s Dinner Theatre

5900 Symphony Woods Road
Admission: $45.50-$64
Click here for show information.

Box office: 410-730-8311

Symphony of Lights

Drive through light show 

November 21-January 1
Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods
Admission: $20 Sunday-Friday, $25 on Saturday

Click here for more information.
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