Edwards Communities, the Ohio developer that wanted to knock down the Palmetto Compress warehouse and replace it with student housing, has approached the city with a new proposal for private student housing in the area surrounding the warehouse.
The plan comes in several parts: One 214-bed building would front on Blossom to the south, just across from the Compress warehouse, while another pair of buildings encompassing 524 beds together would line Greene Street just west of the railroad tracks. There would be a parking garage on Greene Street as well. The plan calls for knocking down the Carolina Collegiate Federal Credit Union building on Pulaski, according to city officials, but a branch would be built for the bank inside the development.
Columbia’s Design/Development Review Committee rejected Edwards’ previous proposal, saying it didn’t meet the area’s design guidelines, which call for dense, urban-style, mixed-use developments. “You’ve managed to cover nearly the entire site with either asphalt or buildings,” one commission member told Edwards at the time. Since then, city staff have worked with Edwards on the new design.
Meanwhile, City Council bought the Palmetto Compress to save it from demolition last year; it’s slated to be sold to local investor Rosie Craig and become a hotel and office and retail space.
The Design/Development Review Committee will vote on Edwards’ proposals Thursday at 4 p.m. at City Hall. At Thursday’s meeting, the D/DRC will also review and vote on a revised proposal for student housing on a nearby Pendleton Street site. Woda Construction had already gained approval for a previous housing plan on the site, but has a new proposal for the city to review.
Make your own beer and wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop, 736 St. Andrews Road. Click to find out how!
The Castle Summer Camps
Clown Camp: Ages 7-12. Week of July 28 • Zombie Camp: Ages 10-15. Week of August 4. $125 per camp, discounts for siblings! 2076 Hwy Church Rd. 803-309-5586. TheEventCastle@yahoo.com
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
$7 Special Summer Menu at Tony’s Downtown
Stop in and try our special $7 summer menu (tax and drink included!) at Tony’s Pizza & Italian Eatery, downtown Columbia. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2.
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: