Planning Board approves upscale W. Columbia complex Office building also OK'd for River Hill village

February 27, 1997|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Howard County Planning Board unanimously approved plans last night for an upscale 210-apartment complex in west Columbia's Town Center and a small office building in the River Hill Village Center.

Construction of seven apartment buildings, nine garages, a clubhouse and a pool on 9 acres just west of The Mall in Columbia could begin as early as April, and the complex could open in December, said Richard L. Boales, vice president of development for the Bozzuto Group, the builder.

"We're absolutely enthused about getting started," Boales said. "We think [the apartments] will be a good addition to the core of the Town Center area."

The apartment buildings, which would be three or four stories high, would be bordered by Little Patuxent and Governor Warfield parkways and extended sections of Broken Land Parkway and Twin Rivers Road.

Monthly rents for the apartments -- one, two and three bedrooms -- would range from $800 to $1,200. Condominiums would cost at least $120,000.

Boales said he hopes that the complex will help revitalize the downtown area by giving residents a chance to walk to the mall, Wilde Lake Village Center and Lake Kittamaqundi.

No agreement has been reached with a developer to build a complex of 110 condominiums on the remaining 8-acre parcel of the Town Center Triangle, said Greg Klar, assistant director of engineering for the Rouse Co., which owns the 17-acre tract.

Rouse Co. officials are talking to prospective developers, Klar said.

Planning Board member Joan Lancos questioned the message that two gated entrances -- which would be raised by cards given to residents -- to the parking lots would send to nonresidents.

Boales assured the board that the complex would not be ringed by a fence.

"We came to the conclusion that we wanted to provide limited access to the parking areas to preserve the privacy of the residents [and] to imply some level of enclosure," he said.

The board approved plans for a two-story, 22,000-square-foot office building in River Hill Village Center in Columbia's westernmost village.

Charles Riegert, project manager for Troutman Co., developer for the project, said no tenants have been signed up. However, a majority of the space will be occupied by medical professionals, Riegert said.

Pub Date: 2/27/97

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