Hilltop will be a national model of community infill and redevelopment.

The site's existing, aged housing complex will be replaced with a community that is walkable, accessible, sustainable, and beautiful. The community will contain two primary "gateway" components. At the top of the sloping site and adjacent to the County's Government Complex, a new, state-of-the-art Recreation Center will stand as the community's hub of activity. At the base of the hill and adjacent to Historic Ellicott City, the current recreation center site will be redeveloped as a public amphitheater and performance plaza with a limited number of homes appropriately scaled and detailed in response to the surrounding homes along Fels Lane. The interconnected street network that joins the Government Complex and Historic Ellicott City will structure a range of high quality, energy efficient mixed-income rental home types that range from apartments to town homes, specifically designed to facilitate a range of ages and physical abilities. Ellicott Terrace parcel will be redeveloped with quality manor homes and connected to the Recreation Center community by a new park between Fels Lane and Ellicott Mills Drive. On both parcels, a variety of public landscapes will enliven the community and encourage social interaction among the community's various-aged residents.

CLIENT: Howard County Housing and Development
SIZE: 375 acres
SERVICES: Site Planning, Landscape Design, Collaboration on Stormwater Concepts
PARTNERS: The Stavrou Companies (developer), Marks Thomas Architects, Vogel Engineering, Hamel Builders and HamelGreen (sustainability), Humphrey Management, Louis Tenenbaum (universal design), Carney, Kelehan, Bressler, Bennett and Scherr (attorneys)
STATUS: Under design development, construction anticipated 2012
IMAGE CREDITS: Architectural Elevations, Marks Thomas Architects (www.marks-thomas.com)


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