Designed by Columbia resident and architect Bob Moon, the Columbia Flier Building has been a striking building along the streetscape of Little Patuxent Parkway since its construction in 1978. For 33 years the building was home to the Columbia Flier which ceased its operations there in 2011. The property was purchased in 2014 by Howard County due in part to its close proximity to Downtown Columbia. The building is situated near an array of corporate office headquarters, high-end merchants, entertainment venues, educational facilities, and mixed-use high-density residential units.
The Flier Building was selected as a location for the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, which was to be operated by the Howard County Economic Development Authority. In 2015, the newly branded Innovation Center was instead located in the Columbia Gateway Park (a designated "Innovation District") due in part to the estimated $7.2 million price tag required to renovate the Flier Building.
Today, County Executive Ball is initiating community input meetings in March to hear from the public about the sale of the former Columbia Flier Building. The meetings in March will provide the public an opportunity to give input on the future use of the site. Following these meetings, the County Executive will begin requesting proposals for the site that align with the sentiments received from the public.
Meetings will be held on Wednesday March 18, 2020 (7:30 PM to 9 PM) and Saturday March 21, 2020 (10 am to 11:30 am) at the Wilde Lake Middle School Cafeteria (10481 Cross Fox Ln, Columbia, MD 21044).
Fellow local news blog HoCoMDcc has previously done a good job covering the uncertain future of the Columbia Flier Building and Village Green/Town² just recently posted some very cool pictures of both the inside and outside of the building.