The Columbia, Maryland master planned community is comprised of 16,450 acres located in the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area. The County’s residents are the wealthiest in Maryland and among the most affluent in the nation. One in every five county household boasts earnings above $150,000, more than triple the national average.
Much of the future value is concentrated in Columbia Town Center. The Columbia Town Center Master Plan allows for up to 13 million square feet of mixed-use development, including up to 5,500 residential units, one million square feet of retail, five million square feet of commercial office space and 640 hotel rooms.
There are many efforts underway already to energize Downtown Columbia. It was announced in 2012 that Whole Foods Market will open a new store in the Columbia Regional Office building (former Rouse headquarters designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry) – offering the highest quality natural and organic products. In addition, Columbia Association also stated that they will be bringing a new health and fitness club to the same building.