Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A crane and other large construction equipment are beginning the process of expanding the mall.
Two months ago Howard County officials were swinging hammers into a blank white wall inside an empty store at the Mall in Columbia to break ground for the mall's expansion. Now, a crane is swinging above the mall as construction workers begin the process of building a new 75,000-square-foot retail center. On Monday, trucks and construction equipment were buzzing in the parking lot behind L.L. Bean working on the site. Read more about the expansion here - "New Stores, Restaurants for Mall Redevelopment" The major construction in developing the new center won't occur until after the L.L. Bean store is demolished, a process which is going to start this summer, said mall officials at the January groundbreaking. A manager at L.L. Bean said the …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Homeowners and business owners will face a stormwater fee due to a state law passed in 2012.
Depending on how big your house and driveway is, you'll be facing a storm water fee for those impervious surfaces, based on a law passed in the Maryland legislature in 2012. The Howard County Council is currently working on legislation that would institute the state law in the county. Under the rate proposed by County Executive Ken Ulman, the fee would be $7.80 per 500 square feet of impervious surface. Impervious surfaces are any surfaces that do not allow groundwater through, such a roofs, driveways, tennis courts and parking lots, according to the bill's text. The county would figure out how much square footage of impervious surfaces property owners have based on Geographic Information Services (GIS) technology and site plans, according…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
City officials are reviewing plans for the Towne Centre at Laurel, where building is expected to begin in late March or April.
Other than a Burlington Coat Factory and a few leveled fields, there's not much to see these days at the former home of Laurel Mall. But if all goes according to plan, the Towne Centre at Laurel—an open-air retail and residential plaza—will start to take shape at the site in the next month or two. So far, there are three confirmed tenants for the development: a Harris Teeter grocery store, a Regal Cinemas movie theater, and a new Burlington Coat Factory store, which will be built closer to the McDonald’s at the east end of the site. Construction on the complex has yet to begin, but Jack Brock, deputy director of the Laurel Community Planning and Business Services Department, said city officials are in the process of reviewing building …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Police said a Burtonsville man exposed himself twice inside the Mall in Columbia.
Howard County police said they arrested and charged a Burtonsville man in two reported incidents of indecent exposure at the Mall in Columbia after a mall employee spotted the man exposing himself in the food court on Wednesday night. Police said the mall employee saw the man, identified as Steven Michael Lerer, 49, of Burtonsville, standing near the food court with a jacket covering his genital area. When the man turned, the employee saw the man fondling himself and exposing his genitals, said police. The employee reported the man to mall security, who held him until police arrived, police said. Police were then able to identify the man as the person they said was involved in a Jan. 13 incident in which a man followed a group of girls …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Developers and county officials broke ground on the mixed-use building near the Mall in Columbia on Monday morning.
Shovel-wielding development and county officials braved wet weather and gray skies to break ground on the Downtown Metropolitan Columbia on Monday morning. The groundbreaking represents the first mixed-use buildings to break ground in the Warfield area around the Mall in Columbia as part of the greater development of Downtown Columbia. "What I really liked to do is build things," said John DeWolf, senior vice president for the Howard Hughes Corp., the development firm working on the project along with Kettler and Orchard Development. "Now we get to build things." "I grew up in the planned community business," said Bob Kettler, President of Kettler. "Our role model is Jim Rouse... This is one of the best opportunities we can think of in …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Regal Cinemas, Harris Teeter and Burlington Coat Factory have all been confirmed as tenants
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The Prince George's man was arrested on Monday night.
Howard County Police arrested a Prince George's County man on Monday night after he reportedly pulled a stun gun on a Mall in Columbia employee who confronted him after observing him attempt to steal watches from a display case in Lord and Taylor. The employee, a loss prevention officer, was able to kick the stun gun from the man's hand and attempted to detain him, but he escaped, according to police. Police reported they later located the suspect nearby. Michael Penny, 55, of Suitland, was arrested and charged with robbery, theft, assault, and the use of an electronic control device. Related Articles Robbers Strike Inside Columbia Mall Over Weekend New Restaurants, Stores For Mall Redevelopment L.L. Bean Store to Close in May