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Statement from Executive Kittleman on passage of affordable housing and TIF legislation for Downtown Columbia

November 9, 2016

Media Contact:
Deidre McCabe, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Passage of the affordable housing and tax increment financing (TIF) legislative package is a tremendous step forward for Downtown Columbia, helping to move the 2010 Downtown Columbia Plan closer to reality.

I commend the County Council, County staff, Howard County Housing Commission, Columbia Downtown Housing Corporation, Howard Hughes Corporation, Merriweather Post Pavilion supporters, Downtown Columbia Arts and Cultural Commission and countless others who have given their time, energy, ideas and expertise to develop the best plan possible.

Passing this comprehensive legislative package will guarantee the development of affordable housing for residents of all income levels, as well as the construction of critical infrastructure, including a public parking garage to support the growing Downtown.

Tonight, we are one step closer to the development of a vibrant, urban downtown, as we prepare for nearly 13 million square feet of new commercial, residential and retail space. The TIF will ensure development proceeds in a coordinated, timely manner, putting in place needed infrastructure, such as the parking garage, roadway improvements, stormwater management and water and sewer lines.

As development moves ahead, the County now will be able to keep up with planned growth and provide support for a new arts and cultural center, library, fire station, transit center and elementary school. This package ensures a bright future for Downtown Columbia and its many amenities, including Merriweather Post Pavilion.