Design Panel to Review Revised Plans for River Hill Square

Remember the River Hill Square project? It is the proposal to re-develop the site of the River Hill Garden Center into a retail center. It has been 10 months since the County’s Design Advisory Panel (DAP) first reviewed the project and asked the developer to reevaluate the design and return with a plan that better reflects the Clarksville Pike Streetscape Plan and Design Guidelines (February 2016). Since then, the developer has hired a new architect to revise the design.

What types of changes can be anticipated? During its review in February 2017, the DAP concluded the initial design plan was not consistent with the Streetscape Plan and Design Guidelines and a “Main Street” development pattern. The DAP expressed concerns about the amount of parking, the need to buffer nearby homes, the robustness of the proposed pedestrian features, and the building forms, materials, and locations. Since then, the Erickson Living at Limestone Valley project has been proposed. The Association is very eager to see how the River Hill Square project has been re-designed and relates to the Erickson project.

The developer, River Hill Square, LLC, will submit revised design plans for DAP review on Wednesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. at the George Howard Building (3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City).  Interested residents may view the submitted materials here.  Those who wish to submit written input must do so in advance of the meeting. The public may observe the DAP meeting but does not have an opportunity to participate.
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