Greenville developer Bob Hughes told The State last week that the landmark redevelopment of the old State Hospital campus along Bull Street in Columbia could begin as soon as this fall.
Hughes’ plans are still in flux as he receives proposals from prospective partners and comes up with ideas of his own. The map above shows a possible phase 1. It’s a proposal from a developer whose name Hughes would not release.
The development, considered to be the largest and most significant land deal in modern Columbia history, would add thousands of new homes, stores and offices – as well as a proposed new minor league baseball stadium.
It will be built in four phases over the next two decades or more, said Hughes, the architect for downtown Greenville’s renewal who has agreed to purchase the Bull Street property for $15 million. He will serve as master developer for the 165-acre parcel, building out some tracts himself and parcelling out others to interested developers.
In the most recent proposal, a large building with retail on the first floor and offices above is situated along Bull Street near the magnolia-lined entrance to the property. Smaller buildings with shops and restaurants stretch to the east to a baseball stadium located in the center of the property, to the northeast of the Babcock Building and its iconic red cupola.
The Williams Building could become a cinema. The Babcock Building could be converted into a conference hotel.
Student housing is proposed near the baseball stadium, with a sports bar located just across the street.
The present tree-lined entrance remains, with a second entrance built farther north on Bull Street.