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Find a developer who will repurpose the materials after demolishing the Palmetto Compress Warehouse. That old brick would look tremendous in a nicely developed urban living community. There's a right way to do this. The current structure is going to come down eventually, but I'm glad to see the city ensuring that the property will be entrusted to someone who will do things the right way.
This post was edited by 09Gamecock 16 months ago
one developer proposed to house a parking garage inside of the building, preserving 3 of the 4 walls, parking garage would be for some surrounding mid-rise housing...they were told by the city that they must preserve all 4 walls...and the roof...
the building has sloped floors everywhere inside that they used to roll the bales of hay into place (I have been inside it). the interior is not salvageable, and in my opinion someone being able to save 4 exterior walls is pretty impressive.
Why is a rundown empty eyesore so important to preserve?
Other rundown, empty eyesores in downtown Columbia have been turned into cool, functional places.
I know. Question remains.
normally I agree but that was a terrible project - the one Ben Arnold is doing on the other side of Blossom is the kind of stuff we need in the vista.
I don't believe it is. The important part is what goes in its place IMO.
It's a long term decision for the city. The developer is in and out with cash in the pocket. I haven't seen the plans to give a truly infomed opinion on why it should or shouldn't be allowed, but I do know that these developers are in it to make money. There were obviously conflicting interests. I have no doubt cockengr knows about a certain proposal that was shot down. From the article, it didn't seem that preserving all walls and the roof were as important now. So to answer your question: I'm not sure it is.
There is a lot of very distinct irony in your post, given the look, feel, and value (or lack thereof) in "socialist" architecture.
I thought it was about preserving the building. Not liking the plan is entirely different.
Just make that century, not decade.
I'll guarantee you a whole bunch of Innovista is in our nation's 16 trillion $ SHAME. Obviously not in the know but just as an observer I think your city fathers dint want to be outdone by Greenville's County muthas with our Millenium deal. Problem is that ours was done mostly with private money and gifts from Hollingsworth..and it actually has worked pretty well considering the business environment of the last few years.
A couple of years ago when a developer wanted to build a new project too close to Main our guys actually negotiated it to the benefit of all...it is now filling up right in the middle of town between Washington and North (Ground Zero in Greenville).
I wonder what Columbia will do to try to ramp up bicycle use on narrow city streets....I'll bet yall can add a bike lane AND a skateboard lane...that'll show Greenville :>)
This post was edited by GarnetOP 16 months ago
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