Friday, November 17, 2017
Downtown Columbia Update

DTCP Hosts Two Festive Fridays at Lakefront
The Downtown Columbia Partnership will present two events in December at the Lakefront Promenade in Downtown Columbia.

On Friday, Dec. 1, from 5-7 p.m., the “Craft Cocktail Crawl” will feature an artisanal cocktail and delicious nibble at each stop and tented pop-up along the Lakefront. Participating restaurants include Clyde’s, Petit Louis, Seasons 52, as well as Cured and 18th & 21st, which are opening in the Merriweather District in Spring 2018.  Tickets are $15. Tickets are limited and restricted to those 21 years and older. Purchase by clicking here.

On Friday, Dec. 8, from 6-8 p.m., “Family Fun” will feature music, holiday arts and crafts, a photo booth, an ice sculptor, and strolling characters from Frozen and Star Wars. Refreshments include free snacks from Clyde’s and free hot chocolate and cookies from Whole Foods Market. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is requested by clicking here.
Improvements to the pedestrian bridge over Route 29 include a geodesic tube that will surround the bridge.

Pedestrian Bridge Closed for Improvements

The long-awaited improvements to the pedestrian bridge over Route 29 are underway, and the bridge will be closed until next month.  The improvements include a colored, spiraling geodesic tube that will surround the bridge, as well as new lighting and security upgrades. Current information on the project can be found at  
OPUS 1 Attracts Over 15,000

The finale of Columbia’s 50th Birthday, OPUS 1, transformed Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods into a spectacle of light and sound, with fireworks capping off an event that entertained and engaged over 15,000 attendees.  The Howard Hughes Corporation presented the bold festival inspired by the spirit of the woods in Downtown Columbia. OPUS 1 featured immersive art installations, mesmerizing music performances and state-of-the-art technology. It was a forward-looking event for a forward-looking community focused on the future.  

Recognition from Tourism 

The Howard County Tourism Council has recognized The Howard Hughes Corporation with a “Tourism Member of the Year” award.  Other winners include the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission and I.M.P., the promotion company which operates Merriweather Post Pavilion.  The three were honored for their “true spirit of hospitality.”  

The TEN.M and m.flats apartment communities are open in Downtown Columbia offering modern amenities to residents.

New Modern Apartment Communities Open

Kettler and The Howard Hughes Corporation recently announced the grand opening of two new modern apartment communities.  TEN.M and m.flats in Downtown Columbia offer 437 units and nearly 28,000 square feet of retail space. The new buildings include a sports bar, lush courtyards, elegant lounge areas, pools, a yoga studio and a 24-hour fitness center, as well as amenities for pets.

Kettler and The Howard Hughes Corporation are targeting LEED Silver Certification for both buildings, offering residents environmentally friendly Energy Star appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures, electric vehicle charging stations, and spacious bike rooms. TEN.M offers one, two and three-bedroom apartment homes and m.flats offers a selection of predominantly studio and one-bedroom apartments.

The new communities are located adjacent to The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia, a 380-unit community also developed by the partnership.  It opened in late 2014.

Greg Fitchitt, Senior Vice President for Development, The Howard Hughes Corporation, answered questions from participants in the recent “Exploring Columbia” walk in Downtown Columbia. 
Exploring Downtown Columbia on Foot
The Columbia Association (CA) recently featured Downtown Columbia in its “Exploring Columbia” walking series. The two-mile walk included both discussion of both the history and the future vision of the redevelopment area.  Assistant Division Director of Open Space Management for CA, Sean Harbaugh, and local author and sustainability advisor Ned Tillman led 60 people past such points of interest as the Route 29 overpass renovations, stream restoration and future pathway along Merriweather Drive, and The Metropolitan, m.flats and TEN.M apartment buildings.  The Howard Hughes Corporation Senior Vice President for Development Greg Fitchitt and Chris Streb of Biohabitats were special guests and answered questions about development in progress and plans for the future.  

Mark Your Calendar

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”

Play about Billie Holiday performed by Rep Stage
Through November 19
Studio Theatre of the Horowitz visual and Performing Arts Center
Howard Community College
Admission: $40, $35 for seniors and the military

“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.

Holiday Food & Wine Tasting 

The 3rd Annual Women Leaders Benefit for Grassroots
November 27, 5-7 p.m.
Lakeside Café, Whole Foods Columbia
Admission: $65, $100 for Sponsors

Click here for event information.

Breakfast with Santa

December 2 and 9, 8-9:30 a.m.
Seasons 52, The Mall in Columbia
Admission: $15

Advance registration required by clicking here.  

The Columbia Orchestra Symphonie Fantastique

December 2, 7:30 p.m.
The Jim Rouse Theatre
Wilde Lake High School
Admission: $10/$28

Click here for ticket information.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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