The Columbia Association commissioned the consulting firm to analyze Columbia’s entire downtown and lakefront area. The cost of $34,000 study is being split with Howard Research and Development Corp, Columbia’s developer.
Impetus for the project came from the Columbia Forum and other groups concerned with downtown Columbia, and from CA’s growing awareness of maintenance problems in Town Center, said Fred Pryor, CA’s vice president for land management.
In the article, details included (and some may sound familiar to charrette attendees):
- Changing Little Patuxent Parkway into an urban boulevard
- Art would be used to create landmarks
- Putting sculptures at the Governor Warfield Parkway/Little Patuxent Parkway intersection and Broken Land Parkway/Little Patuxent Parkway intersection
- Opening up the view to Wilde Lake from Little Patuxent Parkway
- Bridges from each side of the lake to “Nomanisan” Island on Lake Kittamaquandi
The plan was also praised by Robert Russell, the Harper’s Choice CA Board member. The article ends as follows:
Al Scavo, vice-president of Howard Research and Development said that “common interests, common ownership and a common acknowledgement of the lakefront’s need for renovation led HRD and CA to commission a master plan jointly.
CA president Padraic Kennedy had said in March that CA wants a lakefront design it can work on for the next decade. “To me, the word suburb is appalling,” Kennedy said then. “We are a community moving to be a city. The real question is, what kind of a downtown? Will it have elegance and warmth and attractiveness to people?”