Sale of Former Columbia Flier Building
About the Property
Surroundings: This video of 10750 N. Little Patuxent Parkway provides an aerial view of the property and its surrounding areas.
Address: 10750 N. Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044
Year Built: 1978
Property Land Area: 94,046 SF (2.159 Acres)
Gross Building Area: 35,724 SF
Zoning: New Town District
Request For Proposals (RFP)
An RFP for the disposition and redevelopment of the former Columbia Flier Building closed on Friday, July 14, 2023. Responses are currently being evaluated.
Community Input & Informational Meeting
In July 2020, the County held a Community Informational meeting to discuss the history and condition of the building, as well as an overview of the planned disposition. Following that meeting, the County conducted an online survey for additional community input. The results of the survey can be found below.
Designed by Columbia resident and architect Bob Moon, the Columbia Flier Building has been a striking building along the streetscape of Little Patuxent Parkway since its construction in 1978. For 33 years the building was home to the Columbia Flier which ceased its operations there in 2011. The property was purchased in 2014 by Howard County due in part to its close proximity to Downtown Columbia. The building is situated near an array of corporate office headquarters, high-end merchants, entertainment venues, educational facilities, and mixed-use high-density residential units.
The Flier Building was selected as a location for the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, which was to be operated by the Howard County Economic Development Authority. In 2015, the newly branded Innovation Center was instead located in the Columbia Gateway Park (a designated "Innovation District") due in part to the estimated $7.2 million price tag required to renovate the Flier Building.
Response to RFP Questions
Would the County consider a religious use for this site?
Would the County consider a mixed-use development to include a use acceptable to the County along with part of the use for a restaurant/fast food (not a drive thru) - e.g., office use above a fast food restaurant (without a drive thru, etc.)?
With regard to the costs, the Columbia Association Covenants in the provided materials talks about a fee not to exceed $0.75 for each $100 of assessed value. Would the State be liable for the Columbia Association assessment?
The annual charge rate for FY2023 is 68 cents per $100 of valuation, assessed on 50% of the fair market value as determined by the state of Maryland for property tax purposes. That is almost 10% less than the allowable maximum of 75 cents per $100 of valuation. CA’s Board of Directors has approved the annual charge cap at 3.5%, which is approximately one-third of the amount allowed by law.
Certain entities are exempt from CA Assessments. Further information is contained in the Declaration - Section 1.01.F. Howard County property is exempt from CA Assessments for County owned property.
The license provided expired in 2013 and was between the Board of Ed and Patuxent Publishing. Would a new owner need to renegotiate the agreement, or if it has been extended, would it be transferred to the new owner?
The new owner will need to renegotiate any agreement with the Board of Education (BOE) as it relates to the back parking lot on BOE property.
I would like to request floor plans. Please send any blueprints / floor plans as we're trying to calculate how many people we can fit into certain portions of the space.
Under the "Resources - Recently Added" section below, there is a link to the Flier Building's original Construction Drawings (CDs) and to modifications made in 1999.
Can I receive a copy of the building's two most recent utility bills?
Please find links to recent utility bills for the Flier Building under the "Resources - County Records & Maps" section below.
Based on the $7M development costs per the old Maryland Innovation Center concept, was that as a tear-down and new construction or a retrofit of the current structure?
Retrofit of the current structure.
What material was used for the exterior walls? Are they tilt up concrete?
We do not have information as to the material used for the exterior walls.