Friday, February 28, 2020

Yesterday and Today

Almost as soon as I posted yesterday’s piece on the Columbia Flier Building, a kind reader sent me this:

Community Notice from the County Executive's Office: 

Columbia Flier Building Community Meetings
A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be developed by the County for the disposition of the site and all interested community members are encouraged to attend to provide input at either meeting. Both meetings will cover the same material. DPZ will run the meeting.

a) Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm 
b) Saturday March 21, 10:00 am - 11:30 am 

Where: Wilde Lake Middle School Cafeteria 
10481 Cross Fox Ln, Columbia, MD 21044

I felt like the used car salesman in a situation comedy who has confidently patted a car in front of a customer only to see the back fender fall off.  What are the chances that both things would happen on the same day?

Everything I wrote yesterday is true. The County owns the property and has found creative ways to use the space that benefit the community. It is also true that the end goal is very likely to sell the building and the land for an entirely new project. That’s just the way it is.

A tip of the hat to new-in-town blogger Jeremy Dommu who drew a lot of local info together at The Merriweather Post yesterday in sharing this announcement.

Now that Gordon Ramsey was worked his magic in Old Ellicott City, perhaps I can interest HGTV in an iconic Columbia landmark?

Hope springs eternal.

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