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By Alan Craver and Alan Craver,Staff Writer | July 14, 1993
A Pennsylvania woman has filed suit against the Columbia Inn and a Rouse company that operates it after she fell down a staircase at the hotel in October 1992.Virginia Watkins of Holmes, Pa., is seeking damages in excess of $10,000 in a suit she filed against the inn and Rouse Hotel Management in Howard Circuit Court July 8.The suit contends that the inn and the management company are negligent for not providing lighting and warning signs for a staircase that has an "unusual and unforeseeable configuration."
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | June 14, 1998
Loitering and the perception of crime are the most pressing issues facing Columbia's Harper's Choice village, according to participants in a two-day meeting on community policing.Though it took 10 hours over two days to reach that unsurprising conclusion, organizers said the idea was not just to address Harper's Choice's problems but also to develop a blueprint that can be used by other communities."We can take this process and bring it to the next community down the road," said Maj. Jeff Spaulding of the Howard County Police Department.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1997
In what appears to be a battle of dueling conference centers, the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center announced expansion plans this week.A corporate hotel during the week and a wedding haven on weekends, Turf Valley plans to become a residential community as well next year, resort officials said this week.Their announcement comes on the heels of an expansion plan by the Columbia Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Town Center that would add 10,000 square feet of convention space, giving it a total of 22,000 square feet.
BUSINESS
By Kevin L. McQuaid and Kevin L. McQuaid,SUN STAFF | March 5, 1998
Rouse Co. effectively checked out of the lodging business yesterday, when it cemented deals to sell its Columbia and Cross Keys inns to a Washington hotelier for $34 million.The sale of the 435 limited-service hotel rooms to CapStar Hotel Co. comes as the Columbia-based real estate concern is working to further concentrate its holdings in retail malls, office and mixed-use buildings and community development.To that end, Rouse yesterday opened its first newly developed regional mall in nearly a decade.
BUSINESS
By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1997
In a move to focus more on its retail developments, Columbia-based Rouse Co. will sell the Columbia Inn in Columbia's Town Center and the Cross Keys Inn in Baltimore.The company is marketing the 148-room Cross Keys Inn as a part of a small, mixed-use community and the 289-room Columbia Inn as an upscale hotel in Columbia's downtown, overlooking Lake Kittamaqundi."We're putting them on the market because it's not a business we're in," said David L. Tripp, a Rouse vice president and its director of investor relations.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | January 31, 1996
Wingate Inns, a new hotel chain building more than 100 hotels nationwide, plans to open a $70-a-night hotel in east Columbia that would undercut room rates at Columbia's three other hotels.Initial plans go up for review tonight at a meeting of the Howard County Planning Board. The 120-room hotel, to be built across from the Courtyard by Marriott on Stanford Boulevard east of Dobbin Center, would open within two years.The Wingate chain is owned by Hospitality Franchise Systems Inc., a hotel franchise that includes Ramada Inn, Howard Johnson, Days Inn and Super 8, said Fred Mosser, president of Wingate Inns.
NEWS
August 18, 1993
POLICE LOG* Town Center: 5500 block of Sterrett Place: Someone stole an undisclosed amount of money from a purse at the Columbia Inn between 8:15 p.m. and 11:10 p.m. Saturday.
NEWS
January 11, 1994
POLICE LOG* Town Center: First block of Wincopin Circle: A maroon 1993 Nissan Maxima with Maryland tags AYK5D was stolen from the garage at the Columbia Inn Sunday.
NEWS
March 21, 1994
POLICE LOG* Harper's Choice: 12100 block of Gray Star Way: Cash was stolen after someone pried open and broke a home's rear window Tuesday, police said.* Town Center: 10200 block of Wincopin Circle: A maroon 1985 Toyota Corolla with Maryland tags 488ASD was stolen from the parking garage at the Columbia Inn Tuesday.
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By Erica C. Harrington and Erica C. Harrington,SUN STAFF | August 7, 1996
A 36-year-old Columbia man wearing a white bra and panties behind the Columbia Inn in Town Center was arrested on indecent exposure charges, police said.Edgar Howard Bryant Jr. of the 7900 block of Guilford Road in Hickory Ridge village was charged early yesterday with indecent exposure and possession of marijuana. He was released on his own recognizance yesterday.Police said Bryant was sitting in front of the Columbia Inn in the 10200 block of Wincopin Circle about 2: 30 a.m. "rubbing his body in a sexual manner," according to court documents.
BUSINESS
By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1997
In a move to focus more on its retail developments, Columbia-based Rouse Co. will sell the Columbia Inn in Columbia's Town Center and the Cross Keys Inn in Baltimore.The company is marketing the 148-room Cross Keys Inn as a part of a small, mixed-use community and the 289-room Columbia Inn as an upscale hotel in Columbia's downtown, overlooking Lake Kittamaqundi."We're putting them on the market because it's not a business we're in," said David L. Tripp, a Rouse vice president and its director of investor relations.
NEWS
By Dawn Fallik and Dawn Fallik,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 30, 1997
Did they see Will in the mall?Did they see Will in the hall?Did they see Will in the gym?Is it really, truly him?Ever since actor Will Smith held a news conference at the Columbia Inn to announce that he would be filming "Enemy of the State" in the area, sightings have occurred with alien frequency in Howard County.Rumors abounded that the "Independence Day" star was staying at the Columbia Inn. That the "Man in Black" bought a shirt at Britches in the mall. That he was playing hoops at a local athletic club.
NEWS
By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1997
In what appears to be a battle of dueling conference centers, the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center announced expansion plans this week.A corporate hotel during the week and a wedding haven on weekends, Turf Valley plans to become a residential community as well next year, resort officials said this week.Their announcement comes on the heels of an expansion plan by the Columbia Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Town Center that would add 10,000 square feet of convention space, giving it a total of 22,000 square feet.
NEWS
March 28, 1997
Police Blotter is a sampling of crimes in Howard County.Ellicott City: 3400 block of St. John's Lane: A green 1995 Plymouth Voyager was stolen Wednesday and later recovered.Ellicott City: 3600 block of Hollow Fields Court: A blue Plymouth Acclaim, Maryland license plate EBS-331, was stolen Tuesday.Town Center: 10200 block of Wincopin Circle: A woman was robbed of her purse Wednesday while walking to the Columbia Inn. Two men were being sought in the robbery.Pub Date: 3/28/97
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By Erica C. Harrington and Erica C. Harrington,SUN STAFF | August 7, 1996
A 36-year-old Columbia man wearing a white bra and panties behind the Columbia Inn in Town Center was arrested on indecent exposure charges, police said.Edgar Howard Bryant Jr. of the 7900 block of Guilford Road in Hickory Ridge village was charged early yesterday with indecent exposure and possession of marijuana. He was released on his own recognizance yesterday.Police said Bryant was sitting in front of the Columbia Inn in the 10200 block of Wincopin Circle about 2: 30 a.m. "rubbing his body in a sexual manner," according to court documents.
NEWS
June 11, 1996
Police logTown Center: 10200 block of Wincopin Circle: A maroon 1992 Nissan Pathfinder with Maryland tags 844453M was stolen from the parking garage near the Columbia Inn Saturday or Sunday. Police said someone also tried to steal a 1994 Honda Accord Saturday by tampering with its ignition.Pub Date: 6/11/96
BUSINESS
By Howard County Bureau of The Sun | August 29, 1991
The Rouse Co. is considering the development of a training and conference center in the former Exhibit Center in downtown Columbia, a vice president of the company said yesterday.The developer has undertaken a feasibility study on the project, which would be tied to the Columbia Inn, said Alton J. Scavo, a Rouse vice president."We have over the years seen the growing potential for this kind of training and conference facility, and the old Exhibit Center is only a few hundred feet from the Columbia Inn," Mr. Scavo said.
NEWS
By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | January 31, 1996
Wingate Inns, a new hotel chain building more than 100 hotels nationwide, plans to open a $70-a-night hotel in east Columbia that would undercut room rates at Columbia's three other hotels.Initial plans go up for review tonight at a meeting of the Howard County Planning Board. The 120-room hotel, to be built across from the Courtyard by Marriott on Stanford Boulevard east of Dobbin Center, would open within two years.The Wingate chain is owned by Hospitality Franchise Systems Inc., a hotel franchise that includes Ramada Inn, Howard Johnson, Days Inn and Super 8, said Fred Mosser, president of Wingate Inns.
NEWS
December 19, 1995
Erol's Computers to open store on Dobbin RoadErol's Computers will open a store this month at Dobbin Road and Route 175 in Columbia.Erol's, which sold its video enterprise, will be a computer sales, service and programming business.'State of the County' talk set for Jan. 11 in ColumbiaCounty Executive Charles I. Ecker will present his "State of the County" address 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Columbia Inn.Tickets are $30; $25 for members. A $5 charge will be added for payment at the door.
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