Opened in 1967, 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, well-educated 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 office space and 640 hotel rooms.
There are many efforts underway already to re-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.
- Columbia is located within Howard County, which in 2013 was ranked as the nation’s fifth richest county by Forbes Magazine.
- Howard County has been one of Maryland’s fastest growing regions, increasing in population by 34% in the last decade; currently at 293,000 residents.
- The Merriweather Post Pavillion, located in the Town Center, ranked #27 on Top 50 Amphitheatre Venues by Pollstar Magazine.