Advertisement
HomeCollectionsVillage Center
IN THE NEWS

Village Center

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
January 24, 2014
Fifty years ago when James Rouse and others where laying the foundation for Columbia, the "new city," self-contained community shopping areas were a very good idea - no disrespect to Ellicott City and historic Main Street intended. In the mid-60's when shopping centers were being erected in suburbs around the country, the concept of a village center was innovative. Ah, the good old days. Remember, we even had rotary phones back then? They could be found hanging on a street corner in a glass thing called a phone booth.
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
April 24, 2014
For the past several years, Columbia has been at a crossroads. Redevelopment plans have the potential to change the downtown in ways that founder Jim Rouse could have never imagined. More housing is destined for the core, as is a revamped mall and even a grocery store and gym on the lakefront. Meanwhile, Howard County General and Howard Community College continue to grow. In other parts of Columbia, a plan to overhaul many of the village centers could be ready soon and a new president for the Columbia Association could be introduced nearly any day. And let's not forget that this reimagined Columbia seems destined to include changes around Merriweather Post Pavilion, both in Symphony Woods where there's currently a debate on how to develop portions of that property and on the nearby "crescent property," where the Howard Hughes Corp.
Advertisement
NEWS
By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | March 26, 2014
The initial results of an economic study of eight of Columbia's village centers identified adding more restaurants as the best future use for the centers, some of which have seen a decline in recent years. "Most of the village centers, from my point of view, are under supplied in restaurants, cafes, formal dining, coffee shops," said Tom Moriarity, the lead consultant on the study, at Tuesday's public meeting held at Slayton House. "People are eating out more often, the millenials, [generation x]
NEWS
By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | March 26, 2014
The initial results of an economic study of eight of Columbia's village centers identified adding more restaurants as the best future use for the centers, some of which have seen a decline in recent years. "Most of the village centers, from my point of view, are under supplied in restaurants, cafes, formal dining, coffee shops," said Tom Moriarity, the lead consultant on the study, at Tuesday's public meeting held at Slayton House. "People are eating out more often, the millenials, [generation x]
NEWS
March 2, 1995
A Johns Hopkins University senior and a city planner have come up with an intriguing idea that would expand the commercial stretch in the 3100 block of St. Paul Street one block north. Such an enlargement would essentially create a new village center for students and nearby Charles Village residents.This idea has considerable merit. If a palatable detailed plan can be developed, enabling City Council legislation could be introduced within the next few months."We are trying to avoid outright rezoning," explains Chris Ryer, a city planner and Charles Village resident, who has been working on the concept with Peter M. Dolkart, a senior from Miami.
NEWS
By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | August 14, 1996
After just two months of operation, the Harper's Choice farmers' market is pumping new life into an aging village center hurt in recent years by the loss of merchants and customer concerns about security.Open Tuesdays since June, the market is behind the McDonald's in the Harper's Choice Village Center. Operated by Columbia Management Inc., the farmers' market has steadily increased its traffic flow each week, market officials said.That's good news for the 25-year-old village center."We're thrilled," said Wendy Tzuker, Harper's Choice village manager, who visits the market weekly to buy fruit, vegetables, baked goods and flowers.
NEWS
By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | April 8, 1997
Local politicians, officials and residents will discuss the fate of Columbia's Oakland Mills Village Center at a village board meeting tonight. Village board officials have designated the meeting as a public forum to tackle issues that have arisen since the February announcement that the village center's Giant grocery store will close in June.County Executive Charles I. Ecker is expected to attend, along with Democratic state delegates Shane Pendergrass, Elizabeth Bobo and Frank S. Turner, said Erin Peacock, village manager.
NEWS
By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | May 27, 1997
The Rouse Co. says it is seeking a large grocery for its beleaguered Oakland Mills Village Center in east Columbia -- an encouraging sign for community activists who have met recently with officials of the real estate developer."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2001
Thursday June 14 Gala: Tom Wopat (cabaret singing) 7:30 p.m. Historic Savage Mill Annie Sidley (R&B funk) 6 p.m. Hickory Ridge Village Center Richard Walton (contemporary jazz) 6 p.m. Long Reach Village Center Turner, Dean of Magic (magic) 6 p.m. Dorsey's Search Village Center Friday June 15 Twyla Tharp Dance (dance) 8 p.m. Rouse Theatre Kinderman (children's entertainment) 6 p.m. River Hill Village Center Brian Gross Duo (blues) 6 p.m. Oakland Mills Village Center Partners in Song (children's songs)
NEWS
By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | September 3, 1996
The Long Reach Country Fair was canceled this year for the first time in 18 years because planners didn't want the annual event to coincide with the much-anticipated renovations of the 22-year-old Long Reach Village Center.But it turns out that the September event could have gone on as planned -- because the expected renovations have been delayed."No construction has started yet," said Elizabeth Buckley, marketing manager for Columbia Management Inc., a subsidiary of Rouse Co., which manages most of the town's village centers.
NEWS
By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | March 12, 2014
The new owner of a longtime vacant lot located adjacent to the Oakland Mills Village Center plans to build a Dunkin' Donuts and a gas station. The 10,000-square-foot Dunkin' Donuts would be located on Stevens Forest Road between the intersections of Santiago Road and Robert Oliver Place, which runs through the village center. The 1.7-acre lot has been vacant for almost 15 years after a gas station closed in 1999. A series of more ambitious plans --including a a four-story, eco-friendly office building called Meridian Square and a 96-unit apartment building -- have been proposed for the site over the last decade.  According to Nandlal Gevaria, project manager of the site for land owner MKSP LLc, the new development is in the early stages, but could be completed as early as summer 2015.
NEWS
January 24, 2014
Fifty years ago when James Rouse and others where laying the foundation for Columbia, the "new city," self-contained community shopping areas were a very good idea - no disrespect to Ellicott City and historic Main Street intended. In the mid-60's when shopping centers were being erected in suburbs around the country, the concept of a village center was innovative. Ah, the good old days. Remember, we even had rotary phones back then? They could be found hanging on a street corner in a glass thing called a phone booth.
NEWS
By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | December 6, 2013
Approximately 100 residents filed into the Hawthorn Center in Columbia on Thursday night to ask questions and learn about a study that will recommend future economic uses for eight of Columbia's village centers. "I think it went well. ... We are off to a good start," said Jane Dembner,  chief of Community Building & Open Space for the Columbia Association, who is the lead agency sponsoring the study. The study, which is also being sponsored by the Howard County Economic Development Authority and the county's Department of Planning and Zoning, will look into the current and future economic viability of eight of Columbia's village centers.  The study will also evaluate at the Snowden River Parkway and Dobbin Road corridor, which is home to a number of restaurants, grocers and other retail outlets.  Dembner said the questions on Thursday were "good questions" and ones that are important to be "answered publicly.
NEWS
October 17, 2013
The excitement of the new Bridge Columbia is in its multiple functions and destinations on foot, bikes and sitting on the bus. It will also enable people with disabilities to join with others in the come and go between Town Center, Wilde Lake and places such as Howard Community College and Howard County Hospital on one side of Route 29; and destinations in Oakland Mills including its village center and as far as Blandair Park on the other side....
NEWS
By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | July 17, 2013
Nineteen months after celebrating the opening of the Family Market in the Long Reach Village Center, the community again finds itself without a grocery store. The Family Market, which combined internationally themed items and basic necessities, has been evicted from the village center by its landlord, Safeway, according to Safeway spokesman Craig Muckle. According to Muckle, Safeway, which vacated the space in 2011, had been subletting to the Family Market since December 2012.
NEWS
April 12, 2013
Julia McCready is currently running for the CA Board of Directors, representing Oakland Mills. Supporting her is important to me because Oakland Mills has been my home for most of my life and I care what happens to it. When I was younger my family was very involved in community events so I have been around Julia a lot growing up. Despite my young age Julia always made me feel included and took my input seriously. She continued to be a valued role model in my life up to and after I moved away for college and it is in large part because of her actions that I moved back to the Oakland Mills village center this past summer, right after graduation.
NEWS
By Jill Hudson and Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF | April 8, 1997
Howard County police said a Columbia man was assaulted and robbed on the parking lot of the Wilde Lake Village Center last week.According to a police report, Bradley Scott Baker, who lives in the 8900 block of Skyrock Court in Kings Contrivance village, was approached by several men in the parking lot of The Pub on Twin Rivers Road about 10: 40 p.m. Friday.Baker told police one of the men tried to pick a fight with him and began hitting him.The suspects -- all of whom were identified as wearing dark clothing -- took Baker's wallet and fled on foot toward Faulkner Ridge Circle, a police report said.
NEWS
By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | July 5, 1996
NationsBank plans to close its branch in Columbia's Wilde Lake Village Center this fall, leaving the new town's original village center without a bank for the first time in more than 25 years.NationsBank plans to renovate a nearby branch in the Harper's Choice village.An official from the Rouse Co. -- which owns the Wilde Lake center -- said the company is searching for a new bank to take the departing branch's place.NationsBank also plans to pull its automated teller machine out of Wilde Lake, said Marny Needle, the bank's senior executive for Howard County.
EXPLORE
March 26, 2013
Yesterday, I received a letter from the Columbia Bank announcing that the branch in the Wilde Lake Village Center is closing. I have banked at Columbia Bank for many years ever since it opened its branch in my local village center. So, now, we residents of Wilde Lake have no grocery and no bank in our village center. In short, we do not enjoy the amenities that were envisioned for all residents of Columbia. I might as well be living in some other town, given the need to drive to everything I use on a daily basis.
EXPLORE
March 8, 2013
It was encouraging to read that the revitalization of the Wilde Lake Village Center will be shortly under way and will include a new and improved David's along with a CVS (Feb. 28).  I did find the comment attributed to Kimco Realty's Vice President of Acquisitions and Development, Geoff Glazer somewhat concerning. The article stated that Mr. Glazer believes David's and the new CVS will present residents the choices of a traditional grocer.  Perhaps Mr. Glazer does not realize that the true gem of the Wilde Lake Village Center, past, present and hopefully future, is Today's Catch.  Based on  this article and the way Today's Catch was mention almost as an afterthought, it appears that the importance of this store to the community is lost on Kimco.  For years, residents had the convenience of doing their basic grocery shopping at Giant and walking next door to Today's Catch for the best fish and seafood in town.  If Kimco is even remotely interested in creating a complete grocery store experience for the community, they will make sure that Today's Catch is as easily accessible to David's as it was to Giant and will do everything within their power to make sure that this store succeeds in their new Village Center.
Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.