Long Reach


UPDATED: Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Redevelopment of Long Reach Village Center,Addendum 1; Addendum 2; Industry Day Presentation; Questions and Answers; Long Reach Survey; Industry Day Sign Up Sheet.

During 2015, Howard County held a series of meetings to seek input from residents about revitalizing Long Reach Village Center (LRVC). This community outreach effort culminated with the preparation of the Reimagine Long Reach Village Center Plan. The plan documents Howard County's objectives for revitalization of the LRVC, potential land uses, and potential techniques the County may use to facilitate revitalization. The plan builds upon the community conversation as well as previous plans and studies.

With the Reimagine plan in place, DPZ has secured a real estate services firm to help support our efforts to revitalize the LRVC. Engaging this firm (Chartwell Enterprises) is one step in a multi-step process toward a preferred proposal for revitalization. This revitalization proposal will be selected through a competitive developer solicitation as the best plan to revitalize LRVC. The process ahead includes multiple opportunities for community input. 

In early December 2016, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development awarded the Village of Long Reach a "Sustainable Community" designation. Maryland Sustainable Communities have increased access to state grants and other resources. Howard County worked in collaboration with  the Long Reach Village Board, the County Council, the Columbia Association, business owners and others to secure the designation.


RFP Evaluation Committee


The Long Reach Village Center (LRVC) RFP Evaluation Committee will meet multiple times to review proposals to revitalize the LRVC. Meetings are held at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Columbia-Ellicott Room. Please note most meetings of the committee will include sessions closed to the public in order to discuss individual proposals. It is expected that the majority of meeting time will be held in closed session, though all meetings will begin in open session. Please check this page often for updates.

Meetings, Agendas and Minutes

Agendas and minutes are posted when available. 
  • Cancelled: Monday, March 6, 4-5:30 pm. The first meeting will be held March 13.
  • Monday, March 13, 4-5:30 pm: Agenda Minutes
  • Wednesday, March 15, 4-5:30 pm: Agenda Minutes
  • Monday, March 20, 3-5:30 pm - Tuesday, March 21, 1-5:30 pm: Agenda
  • Cancelled: Wednesday, March 22-Thursday, March 23, 1:-5:30 pm
  • Monday, March 27, 4-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 19, 4-5:30 pm

Community Meetings (2015)

April 30, 2015

The first community meeting featured a presentation on the market dynamics of the Long Reach Village Center. Tom Moriarity, the principal of Retail & Development Strategies, presented specific information on Long Reach from the analysis that his firm performed on most of Columbia’s Village Centers. Sean Davis, a principal of Morris and Ritchie Associates, reviewed an analysis of the existing site characteristics. Over 150 people attended the meeting, which was recorded. 


May 28, 2015

This meeting included a facilitated discussion to explore opportunities, including case studies in redevelopment (Wilde Lake Village Center) and potential for the arts (as evaluated by Webb Management Services).   


June 11, 2015

Morris and Ritchie Associates presented conceptual designs for community discussion, taking into account existing strengths and weaknesses, and considering community preferences. These concepts are for illustrative purposes only and are not proposals for redevelopment. Future proposals to revitalize the LRVC are not constrained to these concepts.


September 17, 2015

Planning updates and new studies were presented to the community, including preliminary findings from a housing opportunity assessment (evaluated by Real Property Research Group). 

November 10, 2015

The preliminary draft ReImagine Long Reach Village Center Plan was presented at the final community meeting in the series.



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Amy Gowan agowan@howardcountymd.gov

Kristin O'Connor koconnor@howardcountymd.gov

Kate Bolinger kbolinger@howardcountymd.gov