This planned redevelopment will carry out the overarching vision of the Hickory Ridge Village Center Community Plan to position the village center so that it can remain a vibrant and viable amenity for the community for many years to come. That said, redevelopment does not happen overnight. Howard County requires a series of approval processes including public meetings. It also takes time to phase in construction. Now is the time to start the planning and approval process for the redevelopment of the Hickory Ridge Village Center. The Hickory Village Center opened in 1992, and the Center has dated architecture, poor layout for vehicular traffic, and limited visibility for the retailers within the center. In addition, there has been tremendous retail development in the Columbia market over the last 25 years which has brought increased competition and put stress on the village center concepts. Consistent with the Columbia Market Study, it is also important to introduce a mix of uses to the center, including Class A luxury, market ­rate apartments. This creates a more active center 24/7 environment, generates foot traffic for our merchants to thrive, and utilizes the existing developed area originally created in the Columbia master plan.



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As a strategic partner, Bohler Engineering integrates multiple disciplines of civil engineering to simplify the development process and provide our clients the information they need to make smart decisions. At Bohler, we go above and beyond what is typically expected from a consultant. We take the time to understand our client’s business and are known for our ability to consistently deliver the highest quality product and service in the industry. Bohler has an extensive portfolio of mixed-use projects including experience in Columbia.

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Upcoming Meetings

  • [POSTPONED] – Zoning Board Hearing will be held at the George Howard Building.

Past Meetings

  • January,18, 2018 – Planning Board Hearing Continuance was held at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, Maryland.
  • January, 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm – Planning Board Hearing will be held at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, Maryland.
  • February 8, 2017 – Design Advisory Panel meeting will be held at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, Maryland.
  • December 7, 2016 - Design Advisory Panel meeting was held at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, Maryland. We thank you for your attendance.
  • September 27, 2016 - 2nd Pre-Submission Community Meeting was held at Atholton High School Auditorium. We thank you for your attendance and participation.
  • August 3rd, 2016 - Community Meeting was held at Howard Community College. We thank you for your attendance and participation.

Meeting Minutes

Site Plans & Renderings


  • A message regarding the closing of Luna Bella Ristorante:

    While we are unable to comment on the specifics of any particular tenant negotiations, Kimco generally seeks to renew any tenant who is in good credit standing and is managing their business well, as it’s in the best interest of both the community and the landlord to do so. While we were unfortunately not able to come to terms on a renewal with Luna Bella, we are working with the remaining tenants at Hickory Ridge to keep them at the center and minimize disruption during the redevelopment process. It is our goal with this redevelopment to provide the best possible tenant mix and shopping experience to the community, and although we understand that the loss of a local restaurant is a disappointment to many, Kimco continues to work towards the goal of providing a thriving retail environment at Hickory Ridge.