Community Notes


August 14, 2005

Company selected to conduct charrette for Town Center

Howard County Executive James N. Robey has announced that Design Collective Inc., a Baltimore firm, has been selected to conduct the Columbia Town Center charrette, a collaborative planning process for the redevelopment of Columbia's Town Center and its remaining undeveloped land.

The process is designed to use the talents and energies of all interested parties to create a master plan that has broad-based community support.

The charrette, a five- to seven-day series of public activities and workshops, will give participants a chance to learn and discuss mixed use, walkability, pedestrian and motor vehicle balance, diverse and affordable housing, environmental preservation and development consistent with Smart Growth principles and good urban design.

The project will focus on 570 acres at the core of Town Center, and will include The Mall in Columbia, the Lakefront commercial area, residential and commercial areas adjacent to the mall's perimeter road and the parcel known as "the crescent," the unpaved parking area behind Merriweather Post Pavilion.

A second planning area includes the western and northern ends of Town Center.

Design Collective Inc. will provide professional planning and design services, including traffic and market analysis. The charrette is to begin in the fall.

Information: William Mackey, planning supervisor for the Department of Planning and Zoning's Division of Environmental and Community Planning, 410-313-4321.

CA president to discuss seniors' concerns tomorrow

The Columbia Association will sponsor a "Meeting with Maggie" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The meeting with Columbia Association President Maggie J. Brown will focus on concerns of senior citizens in Howard County.

Admission is free. Everyone is welcome to participate. Light refreshments will be served.

Information: 410-715-3102.

Loss support group to meet from Aug. 23 to Sept. 27

Jewish Family Services in Howard County is offering a loss support group for adults from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 23 to Sept. 27 at 8950 Route 108, Suite 115, Ellicott City.

Participants will have an opportunity to talk with specialists about grief. The group, which is open to people of all faiths, offers support with sensitivity to Jewish values.

The cost is $36 for six 1 1/2 -hour sessions. Registration is required.

Information: Liz Schoen, 410-730-4976, Ext. 25.

Directory of services to be printed, distributed

The Association of Community Services is expanding distribution of Looking for Answers? a directory of services listing resources for health, education, employment, child care, care of the elderly and other needs.

A new edition of the directory will be printed next month and will be distributed to homeowners, schools, senior centers and health organizations, as well as to members of the association and at community events.

The association is seeking advertisers who can benefit from exposure in the directory and booth space or underwriting opportunities at major ACS events.

Camera-ready art is due by Aug. 25.

Information: Joanne Piersall, 410-796-7824.

Hopewell pool open house is being held today

The Columbia Association invites the community to attend a free open house and try the improvements at the Hopewell Mini Waterpark in Owen Brown village from noon to 4 p.m. today.

A new 75-foot-long waterslide and SplashPad, an 1,600- square-foot interactive aquatic playground, have been installed.

Admission is free. Children must be at least 44 inches tall and pass a water safety test to use the slide.

In case of inclement weather: 410-715-3154.

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