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January 23, 2012
As one who was told, by name, to "shut up and listen" by a fellow resident at the recent pre-submission meeting concerning GGP's plans for the mall, I feel compelled to comment on three portions of your article, "Mall plans draw tepid response" (Jan. 19). One: You claim that residents were "unconvinced at first that (GGP's) hands were tied" in terms of sharing more information about their plans. Actually, we continue to be unconvinced. Contrary to GGP's assertion, the county's development approval process clearly allows them to share whatever additional information they want to share about their plans.
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January 23, 2012
As one who was told, by name, to "shut up and listen" by a fellow resident at the recent pre-submission meeting concerning GGP's plans for the mall, I feel compelled to comment on three portions of your article, "Mall plans draw tepid response" (Jan. 19). One: You claim that residents were "unconvinced at first that (GGP's) hands were tied" in terms of sharing more information about their plans. Actually, we continue to be unconvinced. Contrary to GGP's assertion, the county's development approval process clearly allows them to share whatever additional information they want to share about their plans.
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BUSINESS
By Bloomberg News | October 4, 2008
Shares of General Growth Properties Inc. rose 27 percent yesterday after the Chicago-based mall owner said it replaced its chief financial officer and suspended dividend payments to weather the seizure in financial markets. The shares climbed $2.08 to $9.67 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The stock had fallen 86 percent in the 12 months through yesterday. General Growth is the master developer of Columbia and owner of Harborplace and other shopping malls in the Baltimore region.
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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2011
In its first major project planned for downtown Columbia since emerging from bankruptcy last November, the town's master developer has proposed building up to 817 residences and 70,000 square feet of retail space. The Howard Hughes Corp., which controls much of the land once held by the Rouse Co., says the as-yet-unnamed project next to The Mall in Columbia is being designed to attract young professionals and others who work nearby. Robert Jenkins, vice president of engineering for Howard Hughes, said his company chose the site for its first downtown project because it has "major infrastructure" already in place, including water and sewer service, and is centrally located and within easy walking distance of restaurants, stores and other amenities.
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December 2, 2007
Everyone likes to be let in on a secret, even if it's one that will eventually become public. If you get to be part of the in-group, you gain some loyalty to whoever let you in. The same for someone who lets you in on a secret planning meeting. General Growth Properties Inc. has invited members of the ten Columbia village boards to a closed-door meeting on 13 December. They should decline to attend. The Columbia Association Board has already declined a similar invitation, and as far as I know, the County Council has not been invited.
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By a Sun reporter | March 2, 2008
On Wednesday, General Growth Properties will host the first speaker in a series of public forums to introduce its design and planning team, which is working on the master plan for downtown Columbia. The forum will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the GGP Building, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway, preceded at 7 p.m. by coffee and dessert. The first speaker, Alan Ward, is a landscape architect and urban designer at Sasaki Associates Inc. who has more than 30 years of experience. His accomplishments include acting as principal landscape architect responsible for winning the international design competition to develop the master plan for the site of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and for the development of Reston Town Center in Virginia.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | December 4, 2008
The 33 single-spaced pages of zoning jargon that county planners used to describe their view of renewing Columbia's Town Center may look dry and lifeless. But a public discussion on the document drew more than 30 community leaders to a meeting this week with Marsha S. McLaughlin, the planning director, who walked the group through the Planning Department's initial revisions to the General Growth Properties plan to remake the 40-year-old community. "There's a lot here that seems legalistic and hard to get excited about," McLaughlin said during the 90-minute session Monday night at Columbia Association headquarters.
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March 26, 2008
The Columbia Association Board of Directors and General Growth Properties Inc. will meet April 3 on a variety of issues, including how the two organizations can best partner on the redevelopment of Columbia Town Center. The 7:30 p.m. meeting is open to the public and will be held in the Spear Center at GGP headquarters, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. The discussion is expected to include GGP plans for the Columbia lakefront and Symphony Woods. GGP is scheduled to release its draft master plan of Town Center on April 28. Also on the agenda is a presentation by a GGP consultant on its regional storm water management plan.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,jonathan.pitts@baltsun.com | November 16, 2008
Howard County government planners have recommended approval of a proposal to redevelop downtown Columbia - as long as the developer accepts dozens of suggestions. In a 76-page report, the county's Department of Planning and Zoning praises developer General Growth Properties' ideas as "interesting and innovative." At the same time, the department asks that the company meet certain requirements, such as for affordable housing, before moving to the project's next phase. "We'll be reviewing the report very carefully and will continue to work with the county and community to bring forth a great plan," said Greg Hamm, GGP's regional vice president and general manager for Columbia.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | April 25, 2009
General Growth Properties, the giant shopping mall and development firm that filed for bankruptcy protection last week, has added Baltimore's Mondawmin Mall and seven buildings in Columbia to the 158 centers listed in the Chapter 11 filing. According to the Chicago-based company's Web site, the buildings that were added include one housing Clyde's Restaurant and the Columbia Association offices on the lakefront; the adjacent former Columbia Exhibit Center; a building occupied by a convenience store in Running Brook; and four older office buildings along Little Patuxent Parkway, including one occupied by That's Amore restaurant.
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July 27, 2011
•1971 — Mall opens Aug. 2 with Hochschild Kohn and Woodward & Lothrop as anchors •1972 — First poinsettia tree •1975 — Hecht Company replaces Hochschild Kohn •1981 — First expansion: Sears and 70 stores •1989 — Carousel opens •1996 — J.C. Penney replaces Woodward & Lothrop •1996 — Hecht Company adds a third floor •1998 — Lord & Taylor and parking garages added •1999 — Second expansion: Nordstrom...
BUSINESS
By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2011
Northwestern Mutual, an individual life insurance provider, will move 70 employees to the Harborplace Tower office building at 111 S. Calvert St. by year's end, according to General Growth Properties, the building's owner. GGP announced Thursday that Northwestern Mutual had signed a lease for roughly 17,000 square feet of space on the tower's 25th floor. The company currently has offices in the Harbor Court building on Light Street. Northwestern Mutual is the latest of several tenants coming to Harborplace and the Gallery at Harborplace.
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By a Baltimore Sun reporter | February 18, 2010
Simon Property Group, the nation's largest shopping mall owner, stepped up pressure on rival General Growth Properties to accept its $10 billion bid for the real estate company that owns a number of malls across Maryland. Indianapolis-based Simon made the unsolicited bid for General Growth this month and disclosed it publicly this week, sparking speculation that a bidding war would ensue. The sale would allow Chicago-based General Growth, which filed for bankruptcy in April, to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
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By Larry Carson | larry.carson@baltsun.com | December 6, 2009
Simmering tensions between Columbia's developer and leaders of the town's homeowners association over renovations to Merriweather Post Pavilion flared into public view Wednesday night as a long County Council discussion of the downtown redevelopment plan ended. The clash was between Philip Kirsch, who heads the Columbia Association's board, and Gregory F. Hamm, Columbia's general manager for General Growth Properties, the master developer of the proposed new downtown. Bickering over accusations by Kirsch that Hamm hasn't returned phone calls from CA president Phil Nelson underscored a major peril to renovation and expansion plans for GGP-owned Merriweather, which is surrounded by CA- owned Symphony Woods.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | November 29, 2009
The plan to remake central Columbia is both enforceable and safe despite developer General Growth Properties' bankruptcy woes, the Howard County Council heard during its first work session on two proposed bills Monday evening. Council members appeared reassured after the two-hour discussion, though Alan Klein, leader of a citizens group that has criticized the plan, remained skeptical. "We can be confident we have in front of us the plan and zoning that is enforceable. We can start working on the details," council Chairwoman Mary Kay Sigaty said as the session ended.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | November 8, 2009
If Columbia's proposed downtown redevelopment is completed, Howard County stands to gain an average of $6.9 million to $13.9 million in new net revenues each year, according to a detailed county government analysis of the financial impact presented to the County Council Monday night. But Jeff Bronow, the county's senior research planner, told council members his studies are intended more as a guide than as a concrete prediction. "This is not a budget predictor," he said. "It's a look at trends and analysis."
NEWS
By June Arney and June Arney,Sun Reporter | April 9, 2008
The long-awaited meeting between the Columbia Association and General Growth Properties Inc. brought new pledges of cooperation, renewed optimism and a fair amount of Monday-morning quarterbacking. About 100 people attended the meeting Thursday night at GGP's Columbia headquarters to talk about a variety of topics ranging from regional storm-water management to a new headquarters for CA to ideas for Symphony Woods and Merriweather Post Pavilion. "I was happy that we finally met," said Barbara Russell, chair of the Columbia Association.
NEWS
June 27, 2008
General Growth Properties Inc. will host "Vision in Focus: The Neighborhoods," at 7:30 p.m. July 9 at the Spear Center in the company's headquarters at 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. It is the fourth in a series of meetings that followed the April presentation of the draft master plan for Columbia's Town Center. At the meeting, GGP representatives will look at each of the Town Center neighborhoods that will be affected by the master plan and highlight the overall characteristics of each, including the mix of uses, densities and building height recommendations.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | October 15, 2009
The revival of Columbia's stagnant downtown by a Dallas-based developer is still in its formative stage, but the 30-year "smart growth" plan could generate more than $300 million annually in state and county tax revenue, according to the Howard County Economic Development Authority. Richard Story, CEO of the Economic Development Authority, disclosed that figure to the County Council on Wednesday night, one night after the developer, General Growth Properties, provided little in the way of details about its plan.
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