The new transit-oriented community of Oxford Square is envisioned as a diverse and active mixed-use community within close proximity to the Dorsey MARC station. The development program includes 1,492 dwelling units, 240,000 sf of office, 20,000 sf of community-oriented retail and a school site. The neighborhood is organized around a central green space with interconnected pedestrian-oriented streets. Commuter rail service is within walking distance to serve employers and residents.
HCM’s responsibilities include land planning, entitlement, coordinating Green Neighborhood program, landscape architecture, and architecture.
Size: 122 acres
The Oxford Square site is the redevelopment of a former industrial site located along an active railroad corridor between Baltimore and Washington, DC. The property was mass-
graded and prepared for industrial use and was vacant for over 15 years. Despite the on-site environmental degradation and industrial heritage, Oxford Square is positioned to take advantage of MARC commuter rail service, easy access to regional road network and proximity to projected employment centers related to BRAC and the US Cyber Command.
The plan for Oxford Square was conceived through ordered placemaking. The community is organized along a primary boulevard that connects the community with the Dorsey MARC station and the main entrance at Coca-Cola Drive. The boulevard is strategically interrupted by signature public spaces. At the heart of the neighborhood is the Lawn, an elongated green space that intersects the Boulevard and provides a clear “center” to the residential community. The modified gridded street network, spatially defined by trees and buildings, creates a comfortable pedestrian experience with focal views on special buildings or open spaces. Oxford Square’s compact development envelope allows for additional protection and respect for environmentally sensitive areas, including wetlands, forest stands and floodplains. Additionally the perimeter of the development will be encircled by a landscape buffer. Civic institutions, such as a public school, convenient retail and site amenities help make Oxford Square a complete and distinctive neighborhood.
Oxford Square will have a strong sustainability emphasis and designated as a Howard County Green Neighborhood. In January 2011, the Oxford Square development was recipient of the USGBC Maryland Chapter’s Innovative Project award.