Hospital gets lease approval for 'Celebration in Lights'

May 05, 1994

The Columbia Council last week approved a request to let Howard County General Hospital lease the perimeter of Symphony Woods in Town Center for a holiday "Celebration in Lights" show to raise money for hospital projects.

The agreement requires the hospital to pay the Columbia Association $6,000 for the lease and an additional small percentage if the hospital exceeds $100,000 in net proceeds from admissions.

The event will take place in December, with all related expenses paid by the hospital.

"From all accounts the [Celebration in Lights] could be a popular new citywide event," Columbia Association President Padraic Kennedy wrote in a memo to the council, which serves as CA's Board of Directors.

"And, equally important, the [Celebration] is being held as a benefit to support the hospital, which is one of Columbia's most important institutions."

The event will be designed for drive-through viewing.

Several council members recommended that hospital officials consider a walking tour if the lights show becomes an annual event.

Columbia Association ecologist Chick Rhodehamel said the festival would have "minimal, if any, impact on our open space property."

CA owns 40 percent of the land the hospital would use for the festival, while the Rouse Co. owns 60 percent.

POLICE LOG

* Wilde Lake: 10700 block of Little Patuxent Parkway: An alarm at Princeton Sports was activated after someone broke a window with a rock Saturday, police said.

* Harper's Choice: 5400 block of Cedar Lane: Someone attempted to steal a 1989 Pontiac Firebird Saturday, police said.

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