July 10, 2014

City stops entry construction at the Hub at Columbia student housing project

Halt order won’t affect Aug. 15 move-in for 850 students

City of Columbia officials have halted construction on a new wooden entrance to the Hub at Columbia student housing project.

Hub designers failed to submit plans for the wooden entrance to the 21-story former Palmetto Center high rise on Main Street, said zoning administrator John Fellows. They also didn’t get the materials approved for the two-story high lattice of treated two-by-six boards, he said.

The order to halt work on the entry doesn’t affect any other construction on the 850-bed development, which is aimed at students and young professionals. A sales representative at the Hub said seven tenants have already moved in with the rest to follow by Aug. 15.

Fellows said the materials, design and safety of the wooden entryway – which is a strong contrast to the glass and concrete high rise – will be reviewed by staff and not have to be approved by the city’s Design, Development Review Commission.

“We’ve been working with them and hopefully we will get it resolved,” Fellows said.

The Hub is the first of six new upscale downtown housing developments geared toward University of South Carolina students.

The Hub is unique among them because it is in a converted office building – one of the city’s tallest – and features a large pool, volleyball courts and other recreational amenities on top of an adjacent parking garage.

The 850 students are expected to add momentum to Main Street’s revival.

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