Despite various slowdowns caused by COVID-19, the development of properties located just outside the boundaries of the Village of River Hill has not been one of them. If you have not driven along Grace Drive, between Cedar Lane and River Hill’s Pointers Run neighborhood at Quiet Night Ride, swing by and look at the changes occurring daily. After running into rock during construction and having to redesign the stormwater management facility, the State Highway Administration is finally wrapping up the project at the corner on Cedar Lane. The huge piles of rock are gone, plants and trees were installed in mid-November, and grading and seeding are in progress. Construction of Robinson Overlook, the mixed-income housing development which broke ground in August, is in full swing. Utilities and sidewalks are being installed along Grace Drive and the first building in the apartment complex is well underway and visible from the road. Moving further along Grace Drive, closer to Pointers Run, the model homes for the Cedar Creek community are starting to pop up. When the models are finished, there will be 2 single-family-detached homes and 6 townhouse units for people to visit. Meanwhile, the bridge and trail system that will connect the Cedar Creek development to the Robinson Nature Center is also progressing. The site development plan (SDP-19-025) was scheduled to be reviewed by the Howard County Planning Board on December 3.
On the other side of the village, along Clarksville Pike, the changes at the Sheppard Lane intersection are almost complete. SECU and Starbucks are open in the new River Hill Square retail center and the return of a US Post Office is highly anticipated. Cold Stone Creamery and other yet to be announced businesses are on their way. Across the road, the zoning change needed for Erickson Living’s Limestone Valley Continuing Care Retirement Community continues to be reviewed by the Howard County Zoning Board. Renee DuBois, River Hill’s current Columbia Council Representative and former chairperson of the association’s Development Advisory Committee, spoke on behalf of the association in support of the project at the Zoning Board hearing on October 28. Testimony in the case continued at the Zoning Board meeting on December 2. To view the zoning petition and plan documents, the Department of Planning and Zoning’s Technical Staff Report, the association’s testimony, and more, visit https://cc.howardcountymd.gov/Zoning-Land-Use/Zoning-Board.