The Rouse Co. is considering converting 14 acres of commercial land in Columbia -- the last undeveloped parcel in the Clary's Forest neighborhood -- to town house or apartment use.
Gerald E. Brock, Rouse Co. vice president and senior development director, said he hopes to talk to the Hickory Ridge village association board June 1 about the site. Brock said that multifamily residences are being considered as an alternative for the site at the beginning of the Little Patuxent Parkway loop, originally planned for a shopping center.
Planners at Howard Research and Development, the Rouse Co.'s Columbia development arm, have been considering what to do with the site for the last several years, Brock said.
With the opening June 17 of the Hickory Ridge village center, there are questions about whether the market would support another shopping center, he said.
He said the idea is similar to a requested use change for land next to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Town Center. The county Zoning Board rejected that change, citing noise from the pavilion. Brock said the rejection is not linked to consideration of a change in Clary's Forest.
Brock said that there are no definite plans for developing the site.
As has been their custom, HRD planners are now seeking community comment on the idea before deciding whether to submit a petition to change the use to the county Zoning Board.
The site is now mostly open, with some trees along its edge, and is bordered by Little Patuxent Parkway on two sides and Green Meadow Drive on the other side.