The redevelopment of the 165-acre S.C. State Hospital campus on Bull Street is the biggest land deal near downtown Columbia in modern history, creating a major new destination for shoppers, workers, residents and sports fans.
The consensus is Columbia Common will change the city significantly. But not everyone agrees on how.
Developer Bob Hughes, an architect of Greenville’s downtown renewal, says he has 41 retailers ready to go at the site. The city’s $35 million minor league baseball park will be the centerpiece.
Retail space with upper-story apartments and condos will take up about a third of the campus. Apartments, offices, a hotel and a redeveloped Babcock Building will fill in over the next decade.
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• Will significant numbers of people live there? Or will it be primarily a shopping and entertainment destination?
• Will retail at Columbia Common help or hurt other downtown retail spots?
• Will professional baseball be successful?