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Marlow, A New 510,000 SF Residential Building Breaks Ground In Downtown Columbia

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Downtown Columbia’s Merriweather District celebrated the groundbreaking of Marlow, the new, 510,000-square-foot residential offering, solidifying the next phase of growth of the burgeoning urban hub of the “third city” in the Baltimore/Washington corridor. 

The announcement of Marlow follows the strong leasing velocity demonstrated by Juniper—the Merriweather District’s first residential product—since its delivery in the first quarter of 2020. The 7-story Marlow will feature 472 residential units and 32,000 square feet of retail at its base, with tenants placed in the center of the Merriweather District’s walkable neighborhood of offices, shops and restaurants.

“Marlow is an exceptional next step in the evolution of Downtown Columbia, with urban amenities and a central location highlighting the quality of the community we have been able to build, together with the Merriweather District’s interconnectedness to the outdoors and to Columbia’s 100 miles of trails,” said Greg Fitchitt, President, Columbia, The Howard Hughes Corporation. 

“With the groundbreaking of Marlow, Downtown Columbia continues to stand out as an emerging and transformative city,” said Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive. “The development of the Merriweather District is creating jobs, bringing in new businesses, and at the same time emphasizing the tradition of James Rouse that ‘cities must be fun’.”

Evoking urban vibrancy and the natural beauty of the community first envisioned by James Rouse as a  “city in a garden,” Marlow’s design integrates pops of color alongside natural tones and themes across the property, complementing the design of Juniper that pays homage to Columbia’s rich music and arts history epitomized by Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Marlow will feature approximately 14,000 square feet of amenity space to encourage a balanced and active lifestyle including a fitness center, a golf simulator, and one of the only apartment dog parks in Columbia. A robust work-from-home lounge equipped with workspaces and private conference and Zoom rooms will support residents’ increased remote working needs. 

Enhancing Marlow’s promotion of an outstanding work-life balance, the complex emphasizes both public and private access to outdoor space as today’s most essential amenity. Large patios and promenades will be interspersed throughout the property, including a spacious courtyard, pools, and lawn areas as well as private alcoves where residents can entertain. The outdoor space culminates with Marlow’s 800-square-foot sky lounge perched on top of the building and overlooking the vibrant Color Burst Park area which hosts outdoor art installations and events as well as a seasonal ice rink and farmers’ markets.

Marlow will serve as a dynamic residential complex as well as a community destination, providing nearly 32,000 square feet of retail with direct access to a generous half-acre courtyard with pools and lawn areas, as well as Color Burst Park. 

Marlow is targeting initial occupancy beginning in the fourth quarter of 2022.

At full build-out, the redevelopment of Downtown Columbia will include 14 million square feet of new development on 391 acres of land. Merriweather District will make up 4.9 million square feet of the total mixed-use development and will be concentrated on 35 acres set within the 60 acres of forests, streams and restored wetlands.

Downtown Summerlin Breaks Ground on 1700 Pavilion and Tanager Echo

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The Howard Hughes Corporation, developer of the Summerlin master planned community (MPC) and its 400-acre Downtown Summerlin, has broken ground on two new projects that reflect the growing demand for Summerlin’s acclaimed live-work-play lifestyle. 1700 Pavilion, a new 10-story, Class-A office building, and Tanager Echo, the 295-unit, second phase of the Tanager luxury apartment complex, continue the evolution of Downtown Summerlin as the community’s walkable urban core.

Following the January announcement of 1700 Pavilion and Tanager Echo, both projects have continued to attract growing interest, both locally and nationally, as market demand continues to accelerate at a rapid pace. “Downtown Summerlin’s strong momentum is a reflection of current market trends and consumer preferences for working close to home; an active, outdoor lifestyle; and an amenity-rich, walkable downtown within a natural, open environment,” said Kevin T. Orrock, President, Las Vegas Region, The Howard Hughes Corporation.  

1700 Pavilion: meeting office demand in a low-tax, business-friendly environment

In the low-tax, business-friendly state of Nevada, Summerlin continues to attract companies seeking an ideal location where both their businesses and their employees will thrive. Recognized as the community in the Las Vegas area with the strongest connection to nature, Summerlin promotes an active outdoor lifestyle. “Our urban walkability is an attractive amenity for all ages—from millennials to empty-nesters—seeking to customize their footprint while upgrading their lifestyle,” continued Orrock. “While working close to home reduce commutes, office employees in the Downtown Summerlin area enjoy easy access to Las Vegas Ballpark, City National Arena, and to all that Downtown Summerlin offers.”

As the percentage of people across the country looking to relocate continues to rise, Summerlin has been expanding, with thousands of new residents arriving from cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco over the past 12 months. The region is expected to continue to draw both employers and employees, with an emphasis in technology, e-commerce, sales & marketing, and entertainment.

Patrick Ramsey, a member of the Board of Directors at Aristocrat Leisure and a former gaming technology CEO, has lived in Summerlin for 13 years and says that he is “fortunate to live in a community where there is so much to do outdoors and to enjoy with the family—whether its biking, hiking, golfing, or swimming—within an exceptional business environment. The ease of successfully working and living in Summerlin makes it a great place to live.”

Remarking on the strong momentum of 1700 Pavilion, Ramsey continued: “The relocation of Aristocrat Leisure to Summerlin proved to be a smart move for the company; this new project appears poised to offer other businesses similar opportunities for success and speaks volumes to what The Howard Hughes Corporation has created in Downtown Summerlin.” 

1700 Pavilion will be an approximately 267,000-square-foot building situated on just under three acres directly south of the Las Vegas Ballpark and featuring vantage points with one-of-a-kind views of the entire valley, from The Strip to Red Rock Canyon. 

The building exemplifies Summerlin’s commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle, offering bike storage to encourage cycle-to-work options. The Living Room—a shared common area within the first-floor lobby with reservable conference room and gathering spaces—provides direct access to Pavilion Center Drive and retail and dining options across the street. 1700 Pavilion will feature touchless entry from the garage to the tenant suites, along with enhanced air filtration throughout.

Tanager Echo: responding to continued residential demand for an amenity-rich walkable lifestyle

Tanager Echo is situated on nearly three acres and will provide Downtown Summerlin with new options for luxury living. The 295-unit development is planned as a five- to six-story building that will wrap around a 455-space parking garage allowing tenants direct parking access to their floor of residence. The building will feature a mix of studios, junior one-bedroom apartments, single- and two-bedroom apartments, along with a full suite of amenities comparable with a first-rate luxury resort. 

Residents will enjoy a clubhouse with concierge service, a co-working area and lounge space, as well as a private dining room. A dramatic two-story entertaining space includes a bar, pool table, gaming area, fireplace, and oversized seating for large gatherings. A floor-to-ceiling glass wall opens up and provides direct access to the outdoor pool area—including private cabanas, lounge seating, firepit and BBQ areas, and an adjacent spa. A top-floor sky lounge features a personal entertaining space complete with a catering kitchen and a private speakeasy offering unrivaled views of the Las Vegas Strip. Amenities also include a golf simulator experience, an onsite dog park, and a dog washing facility.

1700 Pavilion is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2022. Tanager Echo is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2023.

1700 Pavilion and the new master plan for Downtown Summerlin were designed by Hart Howerton, an interdisciplinary planning, architecture, and interior design firm. KGA Architects, a full-service architecture firm with over 40 years of experience specializing in a broad range of product types, completed the production documentation for the 1700 Pavilion parking garage. Whiting Turner will provide construction management services. CBRE is the office broker of record. For information, contact Randy Broadhead, randy.broadhead@cbre.com, or Amy Lance, amy.lance@cbre.com.

Tanager Echo is designed by Perlman Architects, an architectural and master planning firm specializing in residential and commercial properties. R&O Construction will provide construction management services. For more information, please visit Future.Summerlin.com.

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Downtown Summerlin Offers Everything Remote Workers Need to Work, Live, Play

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The award-winning master planned community of Summerlin® in Las Vegas and its rapidly evolving urban core of Downtown Summerlin®, offer the lifestyle, amenities, housing options and economic opportunities that are major attractions for remote workers considering relocation from expensive, over-crowded cities.

For Downtown Summerlin, it is those attributes, plus the development of new office space, as well as Nevada’s friendly tax environment, that are attracting corporations seeking pro-business locations with flexible office space for a post-pandemic era.

According to new urbanism thought leader Richard Florida, “Human beings are social animals. We require connection, we require human interaction. Remote workers who are, by definition, working outside of the office will require more of this. So even as offices decline, the community or the neighborhood or the city itself will take on more of the functions of an office. People will gravitate to places where they can meet and interact with others outside of the home and outside of the office.”

“While some suburban/urban centers across the country are just beginning to plan for amenities that would appeal to relocated remote workers, Downtown Summerlin’s forward-thinking planning has created an environment ideal for a changing workforce and shifting lifestyles values and goals,” said Kevin T. Orrock, President, Las Vegas Region, The Howard Hughes Corporation. 

Downtown Summerlin is a vibrant mixed-use urban core that has become a convenient and convivial meeting place for planned or ad hoc business meetings. Located approximately 20 minutes from McCarran International Airport, 1700 Pavilion makes commuting to other cities, when necessary, a breeze.

As an entertainment, retail and business destination, Downtown Summerlin currently boasts 125 retail stores and restaurants in a dynamic outdoor pedestrian environment; two Class-A office towers that are home to many of the city’s leading legal and professional services firms; City National Arena – practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights; Las Vegas Ballpark® – Triple-A baseball stadium and home of the Las Vegas Aviators®, the city’s professional baseball team; and two luxury apartments – Constellation® and Tanager.

Further solidifying its position as the go-to community for remote worker and corporate relocation, The Howard Hughes Corporation, developer of Summerlin, recently announced its revitalized master plan for Downtown Summerlin that will further integrate innovative design, architecture, and state-of-the-art amenities into the urban core. This will further enhance Downtown Summerlin’s connectivity between its retail area and entertainment offerings, as well as to the surrounding community. The plan calls for the construction of an additional new ten-story office building, 1700 Pavilion, and a second luxury apartment complex, Tanager Echo.

According to Orrock, Downtown Summerlin will continue to expand as a vibrant, mixed-use urban core through a series of strategic, market-driven development phases. With a growing population of Class-A office tenants, full-time residents, hotel guests and sports fans, Downtown Summerlin will further establish itself as a sought-after urban destination within the heart of suburbia, embodying Summerlin’s hallmark healthy, active, outdoor lifestyle.

For more information on 1700 Pavilion visit Future.Summerlin.com.

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The Woodlands Named “#1 Best City to Live in America”

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The Woodlands has been named the “#1 Best City to Live in America” by Niche.com, achieving an overall A+ Niche grade in the national survey. Throughout its 47-year history, The Woodlands continues to be one of the most acclaimed master planned communities in the country and has consistently been in the top ten rankings of Niche.com in its annual list of the best places to live, work and play in the country.

“We are excited and honored to be ranked as the #1 community in America, continuing our consistent top rankings. The Howard Hughes Corporation is proud to be the developer of The Woodlands from implementing the original vision of founder George Mitchell to the continued design and curation of our award-winning master planned community today,” said Jim Carman, President – Houston Region for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “We have developed a community that residents and companies are proud to call home, where families and businesses can thrive.”

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of various factors including community safety, quality public education, a favorable cost of living, job opportunities and local amenities, to name a few.

“Our rankings methodology uses data sets combined with reviews and ratings from residents in the community, so The Woodlands reached the top simply by being an excellent place to live — both by the numbers and straight from the mouths of people who call it home,” said Natalie Tsay of Niche.com. “ I grew up in Texas, so I was completely thrilled to see The Woodlands recognized as Niche’s #1 City this year!”

The Woodlands achieved the following Niche rankings:

Best Cities to Live in America                #1 of 228

Best Cities to Buy a House in America    #2 of 228

Best Cities to Raise a Family in America   #2 of 228

Cities with the Best Public Schools in America   #6 of 228

Best Cities to Retire in America                 #7 of 228

The Woodlands is a 28,800-acre, forested master planned community with 119,000 residents. Nearly 2,200 businesses and corporations have found a home in The Woodlands, providing jobs for over 66,000 employees.

Among the amenities that residents find so appealing are 220 miles of hike and bike trails and 148 parks, which are punctuated by nature and towering trees, highly-rated public and private schools, world-class shopping, recreation and entertainment highlighted by The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, superior quality healthcare as well as the thriving economic and urban environments of The Woodlands Town Center, Hughes Landing and The Woodlands Waterway.

The Woodlands leads the way among master planned communities that practice environmental preservation. The Woodlands devotes an unprecedented 28% of its community—nearly 8,000 acres—to trails, parks, golf courses and greenbelts which will remain undeveloped green space at full build-out.

Carman added, “The Woodlands is my hometown, and it truly is a wonderful place to live, work, play, learn and discover. The Howard Hughes Corporation is also proud to call The Woodlands home to our headquarters, like so many other businesses that put quality of life for their team members at the top of their priority list.”

Why are tech companies relocating to Texas from California?

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SmartDraw Software is joining a growing list of savvy, forward-thinking companies who have relocated to Texas. Leaving behind the sunny beaches of San Diego, the technology firm has chosen The Woodlands as the location of its new corporate headquarters to provide its team members with a low cost of living and high quality of life in a business-friendly environment.

Tipping the scales heavily in favor of a business relocation to Texas is the lack of state income tax, while California’s personal income tax is the highest in the country. In addition, 2019 housing costs in California were approximately 60% higher than in Texas, according to MIT’s living wage calculator.

“Texas is a business-friendly state with a reasonable regulatory environment and a cost of living that is vastly lower than found in San Diego,” said Paul Stannard, Chief Executive Officer of SmartDraw. “We decided to relocate to Texas—and specifically to The Woodlands—for many reasons, including the opportunity for our employees to become homeowners. That was something that was out of reach for many of them in San Diego. The Woodlands offers an outstanding work-life experience in a beautiful natural setting, and it was clear that our employees and our company would thrive in this community, which is the ultimate office perk.”

Consistently ranked one of the top master planned communities in the nation, The Woodlands proves a solid choice to work and live. With 220 miles of hike/bike trails, 7,665 acres (28%) of open green space, plus a 1,000-acre shopping, dining and entertainment town center, it provides the perfect combination of nature and urban walkability.

SmartDraw is in good company, adding to an impressive list of other like-minded businesses which have relocated to Texas, including Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Tesla and Oracle. “We believe these moves best position us for growth and provide our personnel with more flexibility about where and how they work,” Oracle spokesperson Deborah Hellinger recently told Business Insider.

“We are thrilled to welcome SmartDraw to The Woodlands and to the Howard Hughes family of corporate tenants. We know that once decision makers from organizations such as SmartDraw come to our community and visit our trophy assets, The Woodlands sets itself apart in terms of the exceptional quality of life and work-life balance that has been curated here over the last 46 years. We are excited to add this unique and growing technology business to our community and appreciate the trust they have given to our community and to Howard Hughes as they selected The Woodlands for their new home,” said Jim Carman, President of the Houston Region for The Howard Hughes Corporation.

SmartDraw is a privately held, growing technology firm whose software is used by more than half of the Fortune 500 and by over 250,000 public and private enterprises of all sizes around the world, including law firms, police departments, health systems, technology companies, and more.

“The Woodlands offers an ideal corporate environment for growing firms like SmartDraw which will benefit from recruitment opportunities offered by the community’s educated workforce, as well as enjoy the unprecedented amount of open green space integrated into an amenity-rich, walkable urban core,” added Carman.

To learn more about the benefits of relocating your business to The Woodlands, click here.

1700 Pavilion Set to Redefine Downtown Summerlin’s Walkable Urban Core

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Downtown Summerlin® Announces Vision Featuring Plans For A New Class-A Office Building and Phase Two of Tanager Luxury Apartments

1700 Pavilion and Tanager Echo to Redefine Community’s Walkable Urban Core

The Howard Hughes Corporation®, developer of the Summerlin® master planned community (MPC) and its 400-acre Downtown Summerlin®, today announced a comprehensive vision for the area’s walkable urban center that includes a new Class-A office building, 1700 Pavilion, along with a second phase of the Tanager luxury apartment complex, Tanager Echo. 

The revitalized master plan is the result of an extensive exploration of new ways to integrate innovative design, architecture, and state-of-the-art amenities into Summerlin’s downtown urban core, while enhancing Downtown Summerlin’s connectivity—between its retail area and entertainment offerings, and with the natural setting that defines the award-winning community. 

Through a series of strategic, market-driven development phases, Downtown Summerlin will continue to expand as a vibrant, mixed-use community. With a growing population of Class-A office tenants, full-time residents, hotel guests and sports fans, Downtown Summerlin will further establish itself as a sought-after urban destination, embodying Summerlin’s hallmark healthy, active, outdoor lifestyle. 

The new ten-story office building, 1700 Pavilion, spans 267,413 square feet and is situated on just under three acres directly south of the Las Vegas Ballpark®, featuring vantage points with one-of-a-kind views of the entire valley, from The Strip to Red Rock Canyon. 

The building’s arrival experience is shaped by the Living Room—a shared common area within the first-floor lobby providing a large, reservable conference room and gathering spaces—with direct access to Pavilion Center Drive, retail and dining options across the street.

1700 Pavilion embodies the healthy, active lifestyle for which Summerlin is known, promoting bike-to-work capabilities with secure bike storage. The building also exemplifies Summerlin’s commitment to health and wellness, with touchless entry from the garage to the tenant suites and enhanced air filtration.   

Tanager Echo will provide Downtown Summerlin with new options for luxury living. The 295-unit development will be situated on nearly three acres, planned as a five- to six-story building that will wrap around a 455-space parking garage allowing tenants direct parking access to their floor of residence. The building will feature a mix of studios, junior one-bedroom apartments, single- and two-bedroom apartments—along with corner units with wrap-around balconies and lofts on the top floor—featuring 9-foot ceilings, large walk-in closets, premium finishes and stainless steel appliances.  Tanager Echo provides touchless access into the building and Wi-Fi is provided throughout the common areas.

Tanager Echo features a clubhouse with leisure space, co-working space, a private dining room, a game room, a sports book-style TV wall, and direct access to the pool area which includes a spa, private cabanas, lounge seating, fire pit and BBQ areas. An adjacent spa area features a tanning room, a dry sauna, and a massage room. A top-floor sky lounge features a golf simulator, poker table, and a bar island with unrivaled views of the Las Vegas Strip.  The property also includes a dog wash facility and access to an onsite dog park. 

According to Kevin T. Orrock, President of the Las Vegas Region for The Howard Hughes Corporation, both projects reflect the master plan vision for Downtown Summerlin to be an amenity-rich, walkable urban core where residents can live, work, shop, dine and be entertained—all within steps of their front door in the heart of Summerlin. 

“Demand for working close to home is on the upswing—both locally and nationally—along with demand for urban-style living surrounded by all the conveniences that make for an enriching and fulfilling lifestyle,” said Orrock. “The pace at which we have leased our previous two office buildings and Tanager speaks volumes about that demand.”  

“Another accelerating trend is corporations looking to relocate to communities such as Summerlin that offer an exceptional, high quality of life in a low-tax, business-friendly environment,” continued Orrock. “Not only does working close to home reduce commutes, but office employees in the Downtown Summerlin area enjoy easy access to Las Vegas Ballpark and City National Arena and to all that Downtown Summerlin offers. This urban walkability is an attractive amenity to all demographics—from millennials to empty-nesters—seeking to customize their footprint while upgrading their lifestyle. Tanager Echo continues Tanager’s standard-setting expectation of what urban living looks and feels like within our region’s premier master planned community. “

1700 Pavilion and Tanager Echo will be built simultaneously, with construction expected to begin in second quarter 2021. 1700 Pavilion and the new master plan for Downtown Summerlin were designed by Hart Howerton, an interdisciplinary planning, architecture, and interior design, firm. KGA Architects, a full-service architecture firm with over 40 years of experience specializing in a broad range of product types, completed the production documentation for the 1700 Pavilion parking garage. Whiting Turner will provide construction management services and the project will be complete in third quarter 2022. CBRE is the office broker of record. For information contact Randy Broadhead, randy.broadhead@cbre.com, or Amy Lance, amy.lance@cbre.com. 

Tanager Echo is designed by Perlman Architects, an architectural and master planning firm specializing in residential and commercial properties. R&O Construction will provide construction management services and the project will complete in fourth quarter 2022. For more information please visit Future.Summerlin.com