The Village of Wilde Lake is very much in the news this weekend. In addition to hosting the only contested race this spring for a seat on the Columbia Council, the village was highlighted in the Where We Live section of The Washington Post today. In an article by Amy Reinke entitled “Wilde Lake, on the cusp of transition,” she writes about the changes occurring both within Columbia’s first village and in its neighbor, Town Center.
“The village center redevelopment isn't the only project Wilde Lake stands to benefit from. Earlier this year, the Howard County Council approved a plan to redevelop downtown Columbia that would bring as much as 13 million square feet of retail, commercial, residential, hotel and cultural development within walking distance of Wilde Lake. “
Local blogger and village board member Bill Santos was also featured. Bill particularly lamented the absence of a village pub as a community gathering place.
"We used to have a local pub where people could sit down and discuss the issues of the day," said Wilde Lake Community Association board member Bill Santos, 43, a mechanical engineer with the National Archives in College Park. "It really served as a place where neighbors could gather and interact socially in an informal setting, and I would hope the redevelopment would bring the neighborhood back together in that way."
The village election today has been characterized by another local blogger as a bellwether of sorts for the race for the House of Delegates in District 12B. The incumbent, Liz Bobo is a supporter of the incumbent Phil Kirsch and the challenger, Linda Odum is widely supported by those who’d like to retire Liz from her Annapolis job.
More news later.