Excitement builds over first `skyscraper' in Columbia

HOWARD HISTORY

January 27, 2008

As reported Jan. 25, 1981, in The Howard Sun:

Columbia is getting its first skyscraper. Well, not exactly a skyscraper, but a 13-story building - the tallest to be built in the new town so far.

The developer for this ambitious undertaking is a local company, the K. & M. Development Corp. Inc., located at Columbia's Lakefront North.

At an unveiling ceremony held last week, K. & M. chairman of the board, Patrick McCuan, announced the impending construction of the Columbia Bank and Trust Building, a $10 million complex that will be next to the Columbia Mall.

"The project's location is easy to describe to anyone who has ever been to Columbia. The tower will be almost precisely in the center of Columbia. The existing pedestrian bridge over the Little Patuxent parkway that connects the mall with the lake area will pass through the building lobby," Mr. McCuan said. With construction beginning on the 150,000-square-foot complex this spring, Mr. McCuan said he expects the building to be completed by October 1982.

The new building, he said, "will create as many as 1,000 new jobs," and, with a $6 million worth of construction work, it will "create several construction jobs for local residents," he added.

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