Our Vision

Merriweather District is the first holistic deliverable of Downtown Columbia. It’s the heart and soul of the third city between Baltimore and Washington, DC. This new amenity-rich and walkable district is surrounded by Merriweather Post Pavilion and Symphony Woods. It is a vibrant hub of culture & commerce, offices, shops, restaurants, apartments, structured parking and parkland. We are creating a place where minds are open, creativity is unleashed and new ideas take shape. To accelerate business. To promote progress. To build a better tomorrow.

Merriweather District, a 68-acre, half-moon shaped piece of property cradling Merriweather Post Pavilion and Symphony Woods. It is bounded by Route 29 to the east, Broken Land Parkway to the west and Little Patuxent Parkway to the north.

At full build out, Merriweather District will deliver:
2.3 MM SF Office
1900 Residences
320K SF Retail
Enhanced Merriweather Post Pavilion
250 Hotel Rooms
60 Acres of Protected Open Space

Three Districts

a new hub for culture and commerce

Explore the lay of the land.  

Columbia is consistently rated among the best cities in the nation to live. Situated between two great cities, it’s close enough to Baltimore and Washington, yet far away enough to have its own bold expression. The dynamic transformation of Downtown includes corporate headquarters, new businesses, places to live, paths to explore, music and entertainment venues, restaurants and more.  

Art in our Community

Our commitment to culture and the arts

The Merriweather District is being transformed into a true urban core and regional hub for culture and commerce. Its heart is famed Merriweather Post Pavilion. Recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top amphitheaters in the country, MPP has been dazzling concertgoers for generations. Janis Joplin played there, and so did Taylor Swift.

Culture, of course, is more than music concerts. It is outstanding architecture, like the sculptural new Chrysalis amphitheater, public art installations, outdoor movie nights, award-winning theatre, and exceptional restaurants like Cured and 18th & 21st and Clove and Cardamom, located on the ground floor of the One Merriweather office building. The Merriweather District is also the home of OPUS, the inspirational art of sound experience, the Books in Bloom book festival, and the new Merriweather District Artists-in-Residence program.

Community art projects - painting, graphic novels, light shows and concerts.


“People will rise to the big and the dramatically good. They will yawn at the timid, the unconvincing.”

Founded by James Rouse over 50 years ago, Downtown Columbia is based on social ideals and progressive development. Originally called “Next America,” it influenced generations of urban planners and continues to elevate the notion of what a modern city can be.