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instead of letting private industry invest in our city
The future of a $40 million, 800-bed private student dorm project in Columbias Vista is uncertain after a city design board shot it down 8-1 Thursday, granting a reprieve for the historic Palmetto Compress building on the site.
Do you live in Columbia, lilJery?
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I agree. Time to move on.
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I'm not particularly interested in "private investment" from Ohio building cheap cookie cutter student housing in the absolute center of the most prime real estate in the city.
I actually agree with liljerry for once but most people here in Columbia don't want historic buildings torn down. That building on Main St that was in the worst shape is now being renovated and will be restored. That would be the ideal situation for both sides but not all investors have the money to take on such an expensive renovation.
It's not about tearing down the building so much as it is about this company wanting to put some cheap ass apartment structures on the property. Yeah, that will be a huge improvement! If they want to step up and do this the right way, I'm sure it'll get approved. But it needs to be bricked on the exterior, and there shouldn't be a bunch of parking lots surrounding the structures.
Exactly. Come on Jerry.
The buiding is unadaptable and I think all parties involved know that. The problem is with the type of project that was being planned. The powers that be want a more grandiose plan for that area.
Unadaptable at a cheap price, yes. They said the same thing about the building on Main St (oldest building building on Main). The City did a great job of convincing First Citizen's bank to not tear down the building and renovate. They are doing that now and it will a great thing for Main St.
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What type of project would you guys want there IYO?
is anyone really surprised? Look what greenville has done over the last 20 years vs columbia. I guess next year we will sink another 2 million into MLK Jr park to return it to what it was 4 years ago and then repeat.
As Bill Durham used to say when he was alive; "columbia is a cheap ass town. that is all it ever has been and all it ever will be."
Just wait, that Innovista is gonna really take off any decade now...
That was then ands this is now.
They wanted to build "cheap ass"- it was voted down 8-1.
Columbia is finally starting to get it. You can say its 20-30 years too late, but it's happening.
"You’re either a block-gobbler, a farmer, or you’re a damn hunter and playmaker."
That property has a lot of potential and it would be a shame to put cookie cutter vinyl sided apartments there. It spans both sided of blossom, so conceivably one could have 2 different projects. Any building with decent height would have views of the river and Carolina Stadium on one side and campus/skyline views on the other. Even if it takes a while the city and downtown residents should hold out for the right project. That area will gradually become more and more "foot traffic" friendly.
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