Robinson Overlook
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  • City/State: Columbia, Maryland
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  • Last Updated: October 03 2020
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  • Status: Work in progress

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    • Construction of new mixed-income apartments, townhomes get underway in Columbia
      
      
      A 48-unit townhome and apartment project aimed at expanding Howard County's affordable housing options got underway recently in Columbia.
      
      Developer Woda Cooper Cos. held a small groundbreaking Aug. 20 to kick off construction of the $18.7 million Robinson Overlook at 7410 Grace Drive, which is expected to begin leasing in June 2021.
      
      The mixed-income community is set to consist of five residential buildings with single-level units, most of which will be set aside for low-income renters and persons with disabilities. It will also feature community spaces and supportive services focused on wellness and life skills.
      
      Robinson Overlook is Woda Cooper's first undertaking in Howard County, although the Ohio-based firm has produced 14 affordable housing communities across Maryland, with a number of them in Baltimore City.
      
      With its new project, Woda Cooper seeks to meet a need in the county for more affordable rental housing options. Howard County is known for its strong school system, diverse communities and ample outdoor amenities — as well as its pricy homes and higher cost of living.
      
      "Robinson Overlook will fill a gap in the county by offering families and singles who work in the many retail, service, and health care jobs nearby, along with giving retired seniors who are on fixed incomes, safe, secure and affordable places to live with gorgeous, modern amenities that meet today's living standards," said Andrew B. Cohen, senior vice president of development for Woda Cooper, in a statement.
      
      The developer worked with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to finance the project with federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, as well as a permanent mortgage and low-interest loan in conjunction with the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation. Truist Community Capital also provided equity capital, construction financing and a loan from Freddie Mac.
      
      The Howard County Housing Commission is also involved and will provide supportive services for residents. Harkins Builders is the general contractor on the project, Architecture by Design is the project's architect and Woda Cooper's management division will lease and manage the property.
      
      A small groundbreaking for the new development on Aug. 20 with representatives from Woda Cooper Cos., Howard County government, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Truist Financial Corp. and Harkins Builders.
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      A small groundbreaking for the new development on Aug. 20 with representatives from Woda Cooper Cos., Howard County government, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Truist Financial Corp. and Harkins Builders.
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      Of the 48 units, 43 will be leased to residents earning within a range of up to 60% of the area median income, with five more units leased without income restrictions. Rent is not expected to exceed $1,150 per month for affordable units. Eight housing vouchers are also available through the Baltimore Metropolitan Council to provide rental assistance.
      
      Eight of the units will also be set aside for persons with disabilities. The largest share, 21 of the units, will be three-bedroom, 19 will be two-bedroom and eight will be one-bedroom.
      
      The units will be contemporary and open-concept with full kitchens, walk-in closets, washers and dryers and more. A community room with a kitchenette, two playgrounds and a community picnic space are also planned for the 3.8-acre site.
      
      Nearby, the Robinson Nature Park offers natural trails and activities, and the development is close to several job hubs including a medical center, the Mall in Columbia, Howard County Community College and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, among others.
      
      "Howard County is committed to creating a full spectrum of housing opportunities for all our residents," said County Executive Calvin Ball in a statement. "Robinson Overlook is an important investment of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program and a step forward as we build a community with inclusive and accessible housing for people of all incomes."
      
      Among the supportive services being offered to residents are assistance with accessing resources, household budgeting, parenting, nutrition and meal planning, and after-school programs.


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