Proposed Development in the Hickory Ridge Vicinity

The Hickory Ridge Village staff keeps track of proposed development in the Hickory Ridge Village area. All property in the county has an underlying zoning classification that allows certain uses. When and if the property gets developed or re-developed depends on the zoning of that particular parcel and on following specific steps to allow the development. Sometimes properties will start a development process only to stop, or change hands, or lie dormant for many years. Other properties move quickly through the process and proceed to construction in a very short time. For the most current information on a specific parcel of land, Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning should be contacted.

Downtown Columbia—In 2010, the Howard County Council approved the 30 year Downtown Columbia Master Plan which included 5500 housing units, approximately 1.25 million square feet of retail and 4.3 million square feet of commercial/office use. Recently, an additional 744 units of housing were added to the mix. Since the original plan was approved, 380 apartments were developed at the Metropolitan. An additional 437 apartments are currently under construction near the Mall. One Merriweather (215,000 SF) to be occupied by MedStar Health and a 1200 unit parking garage are completing construction at the corner of Little Patuxent Parkway and Broken Land Parkway with an additional building next to them just beginning construction. Initial planning is underway for the development of office, retail, 640 apartments and several parking garages in the current parking area south of Merriweather Post Pavilion. Improvements will include additional roads, a new library site, and upgraded parkland. Click here to view the master plan.

Hickory Ridge Village Center—Kimco Realty, the owner of the village center, has proposed a redevelopment that would include a relocation of some stores, additional retail, and 230 apartments to the site at Freetown Road and Cedar Lane.

Scots Glen South—In 2005 a plan was approved for senior housing on the parcel directly across Cedar Lane from the village center. The plan included townhouses and an apartment building. The original developer went bankrupt. The new property owner has no plans at this time to implement the already approved design or to do anything else with the site.

East side of Cedar Lane between Freetown Road and Owen Brown Road—The property was proposed in the early 1990s as a site for a Walgreen’s. That plan was denied and the property was zoned for townhouses. In 2014, the property was rezoned to POR (Planned Office Research) which allows office uses. The current owner has no plans for development at this time.

Abiding Savior Lutheran Church—In 2008 a second congregation received Conditional Use approval to build its own church on the property just behind Abiding Savior on Owen Brown Road. That plan has been scraped and the land sold to a developer who proposes to put 18 market rate townhomes on the property. The access will be via the existing church driveway. The plans are moving through the county review process. Meanwhile, Abiding Savior is requesting permission to allow a 95’ cell phone tower on its property. That request will have to go through the Conditional Use process which includes a public hearing before the Hearing Examiner.  A balloon fly to locate and visualize the tower height will be performed on Thursday, January 5 from 3-5pm.

Cedar Lane and MD 32—Ryland Homes constructed 150 market rate townhomes on the property a few years ago. Williamsburg Homes is building an additional 22 units of 55+ housing closer to Cedar Lane.

Grace Drive—A plan to construct 103 single family and 81 townhouse units on Grace Drive backing to the existing homes in River Hill is going through the development review process. Meanwhile, an office building with a first floor restaurant is proposed on an undeveloped parcel next to the existing small office building near Cedar Lane.

Harriet Tubman Lane near Freetown Road—Twenty-four market rate townhomes are under construction just west of Beth Shalom Synagogue. In addition, the synagogue has submitted plans to construct a 3000 SF classroom addition onto the building.

Martin Road and Freetown Road—Locust United Methodist Church is just beginning the process to request approval to construct a 2800 SF addition to the church for classroom and meeting space.
Athol Manor on Martin Road—Recently, a plan was approved to develop 11 single family lots adjacent to the historic Athol Manor on Martin Road near Seneca Drive. A new owner is proposing to instead construct a multi-story senior living facility to include 90 independent living units and 75 assisted living units where the homes would have been built. The historic home would be transferred to Howard County for use as offices and meeting space for the arts community. This proposal is in the very early stages of discussion.

JL 12.16.2016

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