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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | June 19, 1997
The Howard County Planning Board unanimously approved last night a plan for five retail buildings on a 16.6-acre site -- the last piece of the huge Columbia Crossing shopping center.In other actions, the board approved the rezoning of 8.8 acres in Columbia's River Hill village and construction of a three-story, two-unit apartment building behind Ellicott Theatre Art Movies Inc. on Main Street.In the first case, the board voted 5-0 to approve construction of the five buildings with nearly 4 acres of floor space at Columbia Crossing north of Route 175 and west of Snowden River Parkway.
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December 10, 2006
Luggage donations for youths sought The Howard County Board of Social Services is seeking donations of luggage for foster children to use when they move from one placement to another. The children often are forced to pack their belongings in plastic trash bags, according to a statement by Jeffrey Levitt, chairman of the Howard County Social Services Board, quoted in a news release. The board is spearheading the luggage drive, which is focused on the goal of affording dignity to the children in spite of their difficult circumstances.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | September 27, 1996
State engineers have rejected Howard County's controversial plan to build two novel "dispersed movement" intersections along Route 175 -- the latest twist in a community quandary over how to ease congestion around Snowden River Parkway affordably.The state's decision could cost Howard County more than $12 million if state officials recommend a cloverleaf-style overpass in the area. A long-term solution is perhaps years away.Meanwhile, traffic is expected to worsen at Route 175's intersections with Snowden River and Dobbin Road next month with the opening Columbia Crossing, a warehouse-style retail center that features a Target store the size of three football fields.
NEWS
August 25, 2004
The crime report is a sampling of crimes in Howard County compiled from police. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-313-3700. East Columbia Columbia Crossing Circle: 6100 block, Columbia Crossing Shopping Center. Someone cut the phone wires outside the CompUSA store and attempted to cut power to the alarm system, but the alarm was activated shortly after midnight Aug. 16. A store representative and police responded to the store and discovered the botched attempt. Quiet Hours: 6500 block, Owen Brown.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | November 21, 1996
More stores and restaurants are coming to east Columbia's "power center" shopping areas near the intersection of Route 175 and Snowden River Parkway.At Snowden Square on Snowden River Parkway, a Men's Wearhouse opened earlier this month and two more businesses -- Tower Federal Credit Union and Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile -- are scheduled to open before Thanksgiving, said Cole Schnorf, senior vice president of development at Manekin Corp., Snowden Square's developer.With those two openings, Schnorf said, Snowden Square will be full.
NEWS
July 24, 2000
Eye care chain opens office in Columbia Crossing Eye Care Centers of America has opened a Doctor's VisionWorld in Columbia Crossing. The office provides eye exams, sells frames and contact lenses, and treats eye diseases. Patients may schedule appointments or receive service on a walk-in basis. Eye Care Centers of America owns and operates more than 365 offices. Technology consulting firm has expanded operations The Ellicott City-based Paragon Computer Services/Paragon Smart Technologies has expanded into an adjoining building.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | October 21, 2002
EXPO Design Center will open Saturday as the anchor to a new set of strip centers near Columbia Crossing that commercial broker Bob Morris hopes could "bring excitement to the market" - perhaps even enough to help the struggling Dobbin Center. The 91,000-square-foot store with 10 designer showrooms has beaten its soon-to-be neighbors in Columbia Crossing II by at least a year, a Rouse Co. spokeswoman said. The new strip center, which will contain a handful of other stores, is adjacent to a second strip mall development called Dobbin Station, also under way. Both centers are expected to open next year.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1996
Construction of a Target discount department store -- the largest tenant in the planned 73-acre Columbia Crossing retail development on Snowden River Parkway -- will begin next month, Rouse Co. officials told the Howard County Planning Board yesterday.Target is expected to open its 125,000-square-foot store in October, said George H. Hayne, a spokesman for Rouse, the project's developer.Meanwhile, Dick's Clothing & Sporting Goods, the complex's only other confirmed tenant, will begin construction on its 60,000-square-foot store during the summer and will open it next spring, Mr. Hayne said.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | May 10, 1996
The Howard County Planning Board's approval yesterday of a 12-acre part of the Columbia Crossing retail development on Snowden River Parkway puts the project closer to its scheduled completion in 1998 -- even though it recently hasn't signed any more tenants for the 73-acre project.A Target discount department store -- the largest tenant at 125,000 square feet -- will open in October. Dick's Clothing and Sporting Goods, the complex's only other confirmed tenant, will begin construction on its 60,000-square-foot store this summer and will open next spring.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | April 30, 1996
Columbia Crossing -- the $45 million, 73-acre project near Route 175 and Snowden River Parkway that will be Columbia's second giant warehouse-style retail complex -- has moved beyond paperwork to bricks and mortar.Construction began last month on the retail center's largest attraction, a 125,000-square-foot Target discount store set to open in October, said Alton J. Scavo, a Rouse Co. senior vice president."It'll be a landmark for [Route] 175," Mr. Scavo said of the 450,000-square-foot Columbia Crossing center.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | February 19, 2004
Long Reach Village Center - the shopping hub for Columbia's largest village - has been sold to Perrine & Wheeler Real Estate Investments in Norfolk, Va., company officials said yesterday. Perrine & Wheeler bought the center from Kimco Realty Corp. for an undisclosed price Feb. 12. It is the first Maryland property for the shopping center acquisition and management company, which also has real estate in Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Robin Hanisch, Perrine & Wheeler's vice president of acquisitions, said the company was attracted to the center because of its anchor tenant, Safeway, and the location.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | March 24, 2003
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is opening a new location in Columbia next week, the newest outlet to join a burgeoning group of restaurants clustered around Dobbin Road and Route 175. The restaurant in the Columbia Crossing II shopping center is scheduled to open March 31, offering 202 seats in a 6,500- square-foot facility, and bringing 100 jobs to the area. The location is part of the Colorado-based chain's effort to expand on the East Coast, spokeswoman Kim McBee said. "We're growing throughout the country," she said.
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By Jody K. Vilschick and Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 4, 2003
You keep e-mailing them, and I'll keep publishing them. As promised, here are the rest of the worst places to drive in and around Howard County. Nikki Thomas of Columbia nominates Columbia Crossing Circle and Dobbin Road for this dubious honor. "Try turning left on Dobbin Road from Columbia Crossing Circle by the entrance/exit near Farmers & Mechanics Bank," she said. "Now they have built Columbia Crossing II across the street, and it's even worse. [It's even worse] when it's a Saturday afternoon and everyone is doing their shopping ... and don't let it be the holidays ... you'd miss Christmas dinner waiting at that intersection!"
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2003
A patio and pool store is leasing part of the former Upton's department store building at Dobbin Center, and the real estate agent leasing the building is hoping to soon release the name of a larger retailer to occupy the rest of the space. News of the Upton's building lease comes on the heels of an announcement that Wal-Mart will lease the former Kmart building in the same shopping center. The Upton's lease is a sign of revitalization for the aging shopping center and reinforces the strength of Columbia's retail markets outside its village centers, analysts said.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2003
A patio and pool store is leasing part of the former Upton's department store building at Dobbin Center, and the real estate agent leasing the building is hoping to soon release the name of a larger retailer to occupy the rest of the space. News of the Upton's building lease comes on the heels of an announcement that Wal-Mart will lease the former Kmart building in the same shopping center. The Upton's lease is a sign of revitalization for the aging shopping center and reinforces the strength of Columbia's retail markets outside its village centers, analysts said.
NEWS
By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | October 21, 2002
EXPO Design Center will open Saturday as the anchor to a new set of strip centers near Columbia Crossing that commercial broker Bob Morris hopes could "bring excitement to the market" - perhaps even enough to help the struggling Dobbin Center. The 91,000-square-foot store with 10 designer showrooms has beaten its soon-to-be neighbors in Columbia Crossing II by at least a year, a Rouse Co. spokeswoman said. The new strip center, which will contain a handful of other stores, is adjacent to a second strip mall development called Dobbin Station, also under way. Both centers are expected to open next year.
NEWS
By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2003
A patio and pool store is leasing part of the former Upton's department store building at Dobbin Center, and the real estate agent leasing the building is hoping to soon release the name of a larger retailer to occupy the rest of the space. News of the Upton's building lease comes on the heels of an announcement that Wal-Mart will lease the former Kmart building in the same shopping center. The Upton's lease is a sign of revitalization for the aging shopping center and reinforces the strength of Columbia's retail markets outside its village centers, analysts said.
NEWS
By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2003
A patio and pool store is leasing part of the former Upton's department store building at Dobbin Center, and the real estate agent leasing the building is hoping to soon release the name of a larger retailer to occupy the rest of the space. News of the Upton's building lease comes on the heels of an announcement that Wal-Mart will lease the former Kmart building in the same shopping center. The Upton's lease is a sign of revitalization for the aging shopping center and reinforces the strength of Columbia's retail markets outside its village centers, analysts said.
NEWS
By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2002
Columbia's Dobbin Center has survived for nearly three years without an anchor store at one end of the strip mall. But with Kmart announcing that it will vacate its property at the 17-year-old mall's other end, some are wondering whether the news will spell doom for Dobbin Center, which is living in the shadow - literally and figuratively - of the modern and very popular Columbia Crossing, towering uphill across Route 175. "What it means for a center...
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