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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Long Reach Redevelopment plan released


    Orchard Development has released its plan for the redevelopment of the Long Reach Village Center.  Here is a summary of the plan:

   "At the heart of Orchard Development Corporation’s proposed development plan is the vision of a mixed-use center that can be both a focal point and anchor for the Long Reach neighborhood. It will offer live-work-play opportunities for existing residents as well as newcomers, and, it will have features that will make it a destination for greater Columbia and Howard County. The revitalized Village Center will also include multigenerational housing, with both for-sale and rental options. The center will feature attractive and well -landscaped recreational and community gathering spaces for neighborhood use that will be accessible by foot, bike, public transportation and car. In fact, the Long Reach Village Center will be a transportation hub with a sheltered transit stop for buses, Uber/Lyft, bike racks and a shared bike station. Attractive and easily discernible wayfinding signage will also be integral to the overall redevelopment. "
      " The proposed redevelopment will conform with the existing New Town Zoning requirements, although an amendment to the Preliminary Development Plan will be required to include the proposed residential uses. The Village Center Redevelopment, Major process will be required to implement the proposed plan. Our vision of the revitalized Long Reach Village Center begins with the demolition of the existing retail and office buildings, including the existing liquor store and deli, both of which are anticipated to re-locate into the a new retail building. The newly constructed buildings will have a mix of retail, office, for-sale townhomes, senior rental apartments, market-rate general occupancy rental apartments as well as new on-street and structured parking, in keeping with the principles of Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND). Also included in the development plan is a prominent plaza, an active vertical farm, and pedestrian links to the Long Reach neighborhood beyond."


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