Joint Luncheon of the LAI Baltimore and LAI George Washington (DC) Chapters: The New Downtown Columbia


Event details:

12:00pm EDT on Wednesday, June 21, 2023
1:30pm EDT on Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Noon - lunch

12:30 p.m. - presentation

The Tenable Building
6100 Merriweather Drive
Columbia , MD 21044 ,

Complimentary for active LAI members

$25 Non-Member / Inactive Member

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5:00pm on Friday, June 16, 2023
This event is open to All LAI members globally.
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Please join Lambda Alpha International's Baltimore Chapter and

George Washington (DC) Chapter for a joint June presentation:

The New Downtown Columbia

Wednesday, June 21, noon

The Tenable Building

6100 Merriweather Drive, Columbia, MD

Overlooking the New Downtown


With the development of its downtown, Columbia is finally becoming the real city envisioned in 1967 by its founder, James W. Rouse. The Howard Hughes Corporation is now midway through implementing Howard County's plan to achieve this vision. This plan calls for:

· 4.3 million square feet of office

· 1.25 million square feet of retail

· 6,250 residential units

· 640 hotel keys

· 60+ acres of outdoor recreation



Greg Fitchitt, President of Columbia for The Howard Hughes Corporation

Our speaker, Greg Fitchitt, has over 20 years of real estate experience including development, planning, entitlements, community and government relations, leasing, and design and construction management. Greg led the efforts resulting in the Howard County Council’s approval in 2016 of a $90 million TIF for public infrastructure and a comprehensive plan for affordable housing in Downtown Columbia, and most recently secured approval of an additional million square feet of development in Downtown Columbia’s Lakefront district. Before joining HHC in 2013, Greg completed nine shopping center redevelopments in Washington State and Southern California. Greg led the development of Westfield UTC in La Jolla, CA, obtaining entitlements for a $1.0 billion LEED-ND Gold mixed-use revitalization and completing the $180 million first phase in 2012. Together the Westfield projects completed under his direction represented over $500 million in investment.

Greg holds a M.B.A. from UCLA and a B.A. in Philosophy from Pomona College. Greg chairs the Downtown Columbia Partnership board and serves on the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Board of Directors, the Howard County Chamber Board of Directors, and the ULI Transit Oriented Development Council for the ULI Baltimore and Washington District Councils. He also previously served for ten years on the boards of non-profit affordable housing developers in California.