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By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | June 25, 1997
Even as Columbia's four oldest village centers struggle to fill their store space, eight merchants recently have signed leases to open in the newest center in River Hill village.Such local businesses as the Bagel Bin and Columbia Bank have signed on and plan to be in operation at the center's grand opening Nov. 8, according to Elizabeth P. Buckley of the Rouse Co.A dry cleaner, Mail Boxes Etc., a Mobil gas station, a liquor store, a McDonald's and a restaurant called Bill Bateman's Bistro also will open at the center, Buckley said.
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By Tawanda W. Johnson and Tawanda W. Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 27, 2003
Situated in the westernmost part of Columbia, River Hill Village is a picturesque community with hundreds of acres of wooded areas, beautifully landscaped homes and retail and shopping centers offering convenience for busy families. It also is one of the priciest spots in the Baltimore metropolitan area - average sales prices were more than $355,000 during the past 12 months in part because of the Howard County school system's reputation. And the village is working to change its image as an exclusive area for the rich that offers little diversity in terms of housing and cultures.
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By Carolyn Melago and Dana Hedgpeth and Carolyn Melago and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | November 16, 1997
Columbia's 10th and last village center, River Hill, opens today, but it hardly resembles the design of, or philosophy behind, the planned community's nine other commercial focal points.The red-brick strip mall with a 63,000-square-foot Giant and 11 other stores was not placed in the center of the village whose name it bears, but rather on Route 108 and near Route 32 to draw customers from Clarksville and other areas in western Howard County."Each village center, we try to improve on its design.
NEWS
April 18, 2002
Residents are invited to join River Hill High School, the Howard County Office of Human Rights and the River Hill Village Association for a discussion on diversity and equity issues affecting the River Hill community. The community forum will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the meeting room, adjacent to the River Hill pool, 6330 Trotter Road, Columbia. The meeting, which will focus on the experiences of minority groups in the community and related social, cultural and economic issues, will include a discussion by a panel of students, parents and residents.
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April 18, 2002
Residents are invited to join River Hill High School, the Howard County Office of Human Rights and the River Hill Village Association for a discussion on diversity and equity issues affecting the River Hill community. The community forum will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the meeting room, adjacent to the River Hill pool, 6330 Trotter Road, Columbia. The meeting, which will focus on the experiences of minority groups in the community and related social, cultural and economic issues, will include a discussion by a panel of students, parents and residents.
BUSINESS
By Ellen James Martin | June 30, 1991
Developers at the Rouse Co. call them "hedgerows," borrowing from the English, who love their gardens and greenery. They're long, curved fingers of land on which clumps of trees and shrubbery shall continue to grow wild, though homes are to be built all around.To Rouse, developer of River Hill, Columbia's last village, the hedgerows are a "visual amenity" that will serve as wooded backdrops -- making yards in the village more attractive and private.They're also an unusual design feature that preserves flora and fauna, says David E. Forester, the Rouse vice president who is overseeing development of the village.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | October 30, 1995
The 1 1/2 -year battle over a proposed tot lot in Columbia's River Hill village continues -- with environmental concerns now at issue.The latest question: Can the lot be placed next to a stream bed?Members of the Howard County Board of Appeals, a land-use regulatory body, will inspect the site and decide early next month, said Thomas Carbo, a county attorney, after a board meeting Thursday on the tot lot plans.The Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning had ruled that the lot could not be placed so close to a stream bed. The Columbia Association appealed.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | September 1, 1993
Longtime Columbia activist Sunny McGuinn has been appointed the first manager for the developing Village of River Hill, though the village won't have its own community center to manage for several years.River Hill is the 10th and final village being developed for Columbia by the Rouse Co., which has been planning and building the city for the last 30 years.Columbia's nine other villages have managers who run community centers, plan events and programs, and act as liaison between residents and government agencies.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | December 8, 1997
Just when it appeared that interfaith centers might be one of those original Columbia ideas whose time had passed, four congregations are trying to start another such center in the planned community's newest village -- River Hill.Covenant Community Church, Emmanuel Messianic Congregation, Channing Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church and River Hill Assembly of God want to build an 11,000-square-foot space at the River Hill Village Center along Route 108.In the next month, congregations are planning to organize capital fund drives to raise the estimated $400,000 needed for construction with a target date for completion in spring 1999.
NEWS
February 9, 1999
The Columbia Council's vice chairman said yesterday he will not seek another two-year term representing River Hill village on the Columbia Association's governing body.David W. Berson, a former River Hill Village Board chairman who is the only council representative that village has had, will not run for a fourth full term when Columbia-wide elections are held April 17."It's time for other people to step up," said Berson, who joined the council in 1993. "Six years is enough."Berson said he plans to spend more time enjoying the community's amenities -- rather than working to improve them.
NEWS
December 23, 2001
River Hill's mix of housing becoming more diversified Apartments are coming to house-heavy River Hill. The Howard County Planning Board has approved site development plans for a 108-unit complex - for purchase rather than for lease - that will be the first in Columbia's most expensive village. The apartments, to be sold as condominiums, will be built on a 5.8-acre parcel at Great Star Drive and Signal Bell Lane, across from River Hill Village Center. Most Columbia villages have plenty of multifamily units - townhouses and apartments make up 65 percent of the housing stock in the planned community, according to Rouse Co. - but River Hill is filled with single-family houses.
NEWS
July 6, 2000
The Maryland Agricultural Commission will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Circle D Farm in Woodbine. The commission advises the secretary of agriculture on farm-industry matters. The panel is touring the state to better understand agriculture in various regions. Those interested in attending should contact Buddy Bowling by tomorrow at 410-841-5882. Free magic show offered at River Hill Village Center Turner, Dean of Magic, will present a free magic show from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at River Hill Village Center.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 9, 1999
The Columbia Association will hold an invitation-only ribbon cutting and reception tonight to mark the grand opening of the community center in River Hill, Columbia's 10th and final village."
NEWS
February 9, 1999
The Columbia Council's vice chairman said yesterday he will not seek another two-year term representing River Hill village on the Columbia Association's governing body.David W. Berson, a former River Hill Village Board chairman who is the only council representative that village has had, will not run for a fourth full term when Columbia-wide elections are held April 17."It's time for other people to step up," said Berson, who joined the council in 1993. "Six years is enough."Berson said he plans to spend more time enjoying the community's amenities -- rather than working to improve them.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | March 13, 1998
The Columbia Council voted last night to spend about $1.5 million to build a 5,200-square-foot community center in River Hill village and a bubble for tennis courts in the Owen Brown village.The council also approved a $175,000 skateboard park in the Harper's Choice village, which will open this fall; $220,000 to improve lighting throughout Columbia; and $330,000 to renovate the Arts Center and Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center.Some council members questioned the need for and cost of the River Hill and Owen Brown projects, which are the largest in the proposed $6.3 million capital budget for the fiscal year beginning May 1.Norma Rose, a council member from Wilde Lake, has sharply criticized the $6 million athletic club under construction in River Hill.
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By Kathy Curtis and Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 11, 1998
THIRD-GRADERS at Pointers Run Elementary School have added their voices to the discussion of tot lots in the village of River Hill.The students, members of two social studies classes taught by third-grade team leader Teri Salmons, presented their suggestions for three proposed tot lots at a village board meeting last month."
NEWS
July 6, 2000
The Maryland Agricultural Commission will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Circle D Farm in Woodbine. The commission advises the secretary of agriculture on farm-industry matters. The panel is touring the state to better understand agriculture in various regions. Those interested in attending should contact Buddy Bowling by tomorrow at 410-841-5882. Free magic show offered at River Hill Village Center Turner, Dean of Magic, will present a free magic show from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at River Hill Village Center.
BUSINESS
July 16, 1995
Housing construction, fast job growth linkedPlaces with robust employment growth are where you will find the most residential construction, according to "U.S. Housing Markets," a research publication of Lomas Mortgage USA of Dallas.Las Vegas leads metropolitan areas in both adding jobs, up 7.7 percent, and issuing residential building permits, 24.5 per 1,000 residents, during the last four quarters.Other locations among the publication's 12 best housing markets and their ranking among the 15 top employment markets are Naples, Fla.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Fort Myers-Cape Coral, Fla.; Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz.
NEWS
By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | December 8, 1997
Just when it appeared that interfaith centers might be one of those original Columbia ideas whose time had passed, four congregations are trying to start another such center in the planned community's newest village -- River Hill.Covenant Community Church, Emmanuel Messianic Congregation, Channing Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church and River Hill Assembly of God want to build an 11,000-square-foot space at the River Hill Village Center along Route 108.In the next month, congregations are planning to organize capital fund drives to raise the estimated $400,000 needed for construction with a target date for completion in spring 1999.
NEWS
By Carolyn Melago and Dana Hedgpeth and Carolyn Melago and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | November 16, 1997
Columbia's 10th and last village center, River Hill, opens today, but it hardly resembles the design of, or philosophy behind, the planned community's nine other commercial focal points.The red-brick strip mall with a 63,000-square-foot Giant and 11 other stores was not placed in the center of the village whose name it bears, but rather on Route 108 and near Route 32 to draw customers from Clarksville and other areas in western Howard County."Each village center, we try to improve on its design.
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