Columbia Downtown Housing Corp

CDHC is organized specifically to fulfill the vision of the Downtown Columbia Plan for a full spectrum and diverse mix of housing in Downtown Columbia, including affordable housing that will ensure low, moderate and middle- income families will have an opportunity to live in Downtown Columbia.

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CDHC Board
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Board Members
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  • Patricia Sylvester, President              
  • Gregory Fitchitt, Ex-Officio
  • Bruce Rothschild, Secretary
  • Bethany Hooper, Treasurer
  • Jeryl Baker                                                                     
  • Jolly Burks
  • John DeZinno
  • Christopher J. Fritz
  • Gary Garofalo
  • Pastor Mary Ka Kanahan
  • Leonardo McClarty
  • Peter Morgan
  • Russell Snyder
  • Reverend Dr. Robert Turner
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Annual Reports
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Meetings
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2021
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  • January 26, 2021 - 4:30-6:30 pm - Annual Board Meeting - Agenda
  • March 23, 2021 - 4:30-6:30 pm - Agenda
  • June 22, 2021 - 4:30-6:30 pm - Agenda - via WebEx - email [email protected] for an invitation
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2020
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2020 Meeting Schedule - Subject to change

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2019
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2018
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  • January 17, 2018
  • February 21, 2018 - Live Near Your Work Group Session
  • March 21, 2018 - Cancelled Due to Weather
  • May 16, 2018
  • July 18, 2018
  • September 12, 2018
  • November 14, 2018 - Live Near Your Work Group Session
  • December 19, 2018 - Board Meeting
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2017
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New Cultural Center (NCC)

About

In consultation with its partners, CDHC is convening a small group of stakeholders to address issues related to the New Cultural Center (NCC). CDHC’s goal is to keep the project on schedule and for the group to work collaboratively to reach consensus so that the County Council will approve moving NCC funding from contingency in the Fall. The virtual workgroup meetings are open to the public.

Council approval of the release of funding for the NCC is the lynchpin for moving forward with the first Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) development included in the affordable residential development plan for Downtown Columbia enacted by HR-52-2016 et. al and the Developer Rights and Responsibilities Agreement (DRRA) executed in accordance with that legislation. The housing and non-residential components of the redevelopment of the Toby’s site have been inextricably linked since inception. Without funding for the NCC, the housing component, now known as Artists Flats, cannot proceed and the Howard County Housing Commission is at risk of losing substantial federal and state funds for this vitally needed affordable housing community.

Committee Members
  • Pat Sylvester, CDHC
  • Jeryl Baker, CDHC
  • Deb Jung, County Council
  • David Yungman, County Council
  • Sameer Sidh, County Administration
  • Carl DeLorenzo, County Administration
  • Peter Engel, Howard County Housing Commission
  • Alastair Smith, Howard County Housing Commission
  • Bob DeSantis, Orchard Development
  • Greg Fitchitt, Howard Hughes Corporation
  • Paul Casey, Housing Affordability Coalition
  • Mary Kay Sigaty, Columbia Festival of the Arts
  • Representatives of Toby’s and CCTA, various county agencies, and Council members Walsh, Jones, & Mercer-Rigby will also participate in the workgroup
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