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Patuxent Commons

Project location

Columbia, MD

Project phase

Community review

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The Patuxent Commons project concept was developed by the Howard County Autism Society to help address housing needs of adults with disabilities.

Mission First Housing Group, a 501(c3) nonprofit developer, is proposing a 76-unit new construction apartment project at the NE corner of Cedar Lane and Freetown Road in Columbia, MD. This mixed income development will have 25% of the units set-aside to serve individuals with disabilities, with the balance of the units targeted to seniors, individuals and families. This ideal location, close to transit, shopping, recreation, and job opportunities, will facilitate integration of residents with disabilities into the surrounding community and promote their ability to live as independently as possible.
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What's Next?

Announcing updates as of March 2022 to the Patuxent Commons website!

We are excited to announce the next upcoming event is the PILOT and APFO waiver hearing on March 21st at 7PM. Sign up to testify in support of CR29, come in person to the hearing to show your support, or contact your Councilmember to encourage them to VOTE YES on CR29! These are essential approvals for the project to move forward. Please see the Advocacy tab for additional information.

The project team has been busy assembling the necessary project financing for the project, and better targeting the project design to the population and community we serve. See the Project Facts page.

Please continue to check the Timeline for upcoming events. We invite you to Subscribe for email updates, and provide your input or ask questions in our Feedback section.

Community Benefits

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Affordable Housing

This development will add 69 units of high-quality housing for individuals and families with low and moderate incomes. The remaining 7 units will be unrestricted.

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Job Creation

The development of Patuxent Commons will support an estimated 152 direct and 141 indirect jobs (per MD DHCD FTE Calculator).



The site is located directly adjacent to an RTA Bus Stop, with Route 404 serving downtown Columbia. Many Patuxent Commons residents will use public transit, and will not drive.

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Patuxent Commons is an intentional, supportive community for people of all ages, abilities, and incomes planned for Hickory Ridge.

The Project has four objectives:

  • Address housing instability faced by low-income adults with disabilities, older adults, and younger adults/families

  • Enhance social connectedness through building of relationships and community engagement, and reciprocal sharing of social support by neighbors

  • Use housing as a springboard to maximize individual potential and facilitate community integration for people of all ages, abilities and incomes

  • Pioneer a viable, innovative solution to the growing housing crisis facing adults with disabilities that can be adapted elsewhere in Maryland and serve as a model for similar housing developments throughout the United States.


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