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Howard County Department of Public Works to Host Two Public Meetings on Bain 50+ Center Project

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County’s Departments of Public Works (DPW) and Community Resources and Services (DCRS) will hold two public meetings on Thursday, July 18, the first at 10:00 a.m. and the second at 6:00 p.m., at the Bain 50+ Center, located at 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia, to discuss the planned renovation of the Bain 50+ Center.

“Here in Howard County, we have a rapidly increasing population of older adults and we remain dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone. We are constantly working to provide more accessible resources for all our residents to be able to learn, exercise, play,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “This Bain 50+ Center renovation is demonstrative of our commitment to the health and well-being of all residents. I encourage everyone to join us at our public meeting on July 18th.”

The original center was built in 1981, with an expansion in 2004. In looking at its high utilization and facility age, this project will address improvements to the facility’s infrastructure. The project will include the renovation of the multipurpose and meeting spaces, classrooms, lounge, game rooms, offices and existing bathrooms, and the addition of two new ADA accessible bathrooms and a state-of-the-art fitness and exercise room. Construction is expected to begin in August 2019 and weather permitting, be completed by May 2020. DCRS intends to keep the center open during the project with modified programming.

DPW and DCRS staff members, as well as the design team, Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects, will be on hand to explain and discuss the details and status of the project and answer any questions.

Those unable to attend the meeting who would like to view the proposed plans and/or have questions regarding the project should contact Ms. Adriana Luftman, Project Manager with DPW’s Bureau of Facilities, at 410-313-5785 or email

For questions or more information about Capital Project C-0335-417, contact Lisa Brightwell, Public Works Customer Service, at 410-313-3440 or email

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