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howard-hughes-signature-blackThe Howard Hughes Corp.

The Howard Hughes Corp. is leading the revitalization of Columbia’s downtown through its work in the Merriweather District, which will include almost 5 million square feet of mixed-use development when completed. The district, which surrounds the Merriweather Post Pavilion, was planned to promote commerce and culture.

“The Howard Hughes Corp. is proud to be recognized for its work in transforming downtown Columbia,” said Greg Fitchitt, Columbia regional president for the corporation. “This is a unique development project, one that is making a difference in the lives of long-term and new residents to the community and advancing economic development for the entire region.”

The Merriweather District is attracting major new companies to move into downtown Columbia, such as the cybersecurity software firm Tenable, which is the anchor tenant taking up six floors in a 320,964 square-foot 12-story tower that broke ground in April 2018.

The Howard Hughes Corp. developed three Class A office buildings and one luxury apartment complex that have been completed in the district. The 30-year Merriweather District project was announced in November 2011.

When the district project is completed, it will include 2.3 million square feet of office space, 320,000 square feet of retail space, 1,900 rental units and 60 acres of protected open space. The downtown redevelopment project includes two other new and reconfigured neighborhoods, the Lakefront District and Central District.

Fitchitt, in 2019, said Columbia is a great suburban community that’s about to become an important East Coast city.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2020 Excellence in Construction & Real Estate awards.