COLUMBIA, MD (April 19th, 2024) – Today, Enterprise Community Partners, a national affordable housing nonprofit, was joined by national, state and county officials, and partners, supporters, and residents for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Legacy at Twin Rivers, a recently redeveloped affordable apartment community in Columbia, Maryland. The community offers rentals to a mixed-income population on a site that was redeveloped to provide 153 new apartment homes in two four-story, elevator-served buildings. Today’s ceremony is part of Enterprise’s celebration of 1 million homes created since its inception in 1982, and marks an additional 153 homes created and preserved in Maryland. 

The Twin Rivers community is part of Enterprise’s multiphase redevelopment of five distinct sites across a one-mile area of Columbia. When complete, the 600 new homes and higher-density, modern, accessible, and amenity-rich multifamily communities will replace 300 aging apartments, including 53 units on the original Twin Rivers site. Designed by Grimm & Parker Architects, Legacy at Twin Rivers offers multiple bedroom units with modern amenities including a community room, business center and a fitness center and outdoor, on-site recreation such as a signature patio and family recreation area, dog park, playground and outdoor paths connected to recreational facilities operated by Columbia Association. With equity at the forefront, Legacy at Twin Rivers will support a true mixed-income population, with one-third of units reserved for lower-income residents, one-third of units designated for workforce housing, and one-third of units delivered at market rate. 

“This momentous occasion of one million homes is a testament to the power of collaboration and determination,” said Shaun Donovan President and CEO of Enterprise Community Partners. “For four decades, we've forged partnerships and tackled challenges, all with the singular goal of ensuring every person has a place to call home. We’re honored to open the doors to Legacy at Twin Rivers – a thriving and accessible community – and help write the next chapter of the Columbia story. This milestone represents the countless lives touched and futures transformed, and together, with our dedicated partners and allies, we'll continue to pave the way for a more equitable and affordable future for all.”

As Enterprise Community Partners and its partners celebrate 1 million homes created and preserved across all the country, Legacy at Twin Rivers demonstrates the opportunities of, and critical nationwide need for affordable housing and mixed-use communities. Legacy at Twin Rivers is well-located with proximity to schools, jobs and economic corridors, and recreational activities. Built to National Green Building Standards with clean energy technologies implemented throughout, the community includes energy star appliances, high efficiency HVAC, heat pump hot water heaters, and solar hot water.  

“The name Legacy is an important one for this community, as it acknowledges Enterprise's and our founder Jim Rouse’s vision for Columbia as an economically, culturally and racially inclusive ’model city’ as we work to preserve the affordability of homes across Howard County,” said Christine Madigan, interim president, Enterprise Community Development. “As area rents continue to increase, we remain committed to our goal of expanding access to affordable homes and to making home and community places of pride and belonging.  We’re very grateful to our local, state, federal and private financing partners who share this commitment and helped make the Twin Rivers development possible.”

Legacy was financed through a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit “twin” — four percent and nine percent tax credits — structure. It has also been facilitated, in part, through a land swap with the Columbia Association. The plaza and family recreation area are to be built on Columbia Association land using a perpetual easement and will be available to the public. Additional funding for Legacy at Twin Rivers was secured through partnerships with Bank of America, Community Homes Housing, Inc. (CHHI), the Maryland Community Development Administration, and Bellwether Enterprise. A Payment in Lieu of Taxes was provided by Howard County, and HUD supports the project through a Housing Assistance Payment contract.  
Funding for the four percent tax credit building included a $19 million construction loan from Bank of America, $21.4 million in bonds and soft loans from the Maryland Community Development Administration, $14.9 million in Fannie Mae first mortgage proceeds originated by Bellwether Enterprise, $7.6 million in LIHTC equity from Bank of America, syndicated by Enterprise’s housing credit investments business, and $5.5 million from the CHHI.
Funding for the nine percent tax credit building consisted of a $21 million construction loan from Bank of America, a $10 million Fannie Mae first mortgage originated by Bellwether Enterprise, and $5 million in soft debt from CHHI. In addition, $14.1 million in LIHTC equity from Bank of America was syndicated by Enterprise’s housing credit investments business. 

Funding for the original acquisition of the property included $1.03 million of joint venture equity capital from Enterprise’s real estate equity business. 

Today’s ribbon cutting ceremony included commentary from Shaun Donovan, President and CEO of Enterprise Community Partners; Christine Madigan, Interim President, Enterprise Community Development; Adrianne Todman, Acting Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive; Janet Currie, Market President, Bank of America; Dan Kelliher, Board President, Community Homes Housing, Inc.; and more.


About Enterprise Community Partners
Enterprise is a national nonprofit that exists to make a good home possible for the millions of families without one. We support community development organizations on the ground, aggregate and invest capital for impact, advance housing policy at every level of government, and build and manage communities ourselves. Since 1982, we have invested $72 billion and created 1 million homes across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands – all to make home and community places of pride, power and belonging. Join us at

About Legacy at Twin Rivers
Legacy at Twin Rivers is a newly redeveloped community in Columbia, MD, spearheaded by Enterprise. It offers modern, accessible, and affordable housing, with approximately one-third of units reserved for low-income earners, one-third for workforce housing, and one-third market-rate. The project includes 153 new apartment homes in two four-story buildings, with enhanced accessibility features. Sustainability is prioritized, with energy-efficient appliances and solar water heaters.

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