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Developer discloses: Parking ‘ample’ for West Columbia riverfront project

A blend of apartments, condominiums, shops, restaurants and offices may rise on a four-acre site overlooking the Congaree River in West Columbia.
A blend of apartments, condominiums, shops, restaurants and offices may rise on a four-acre site overlooking the Congaree River in West Columbia. Provided illustration

At least 400 parking spaces will be included in a disputed riverfront development in West Columbia, members of the project team told City Council Thursday.

That total is “ample” given the steady turnover of expected residents, workers, shoppers and diners, Estates & Companies project manager Teresa Hodge said.

It’s the first time on-site parking was detailed, coming as council members prepare to decide Wednesday whether to give the project the go-ahead.

Plans call for the $40 million project to be home for up to 235 apartments and condominiums and up to 80,000 square feet of stores, restaurants and offices.

Nearby homeowners said that is too much to put on the 4-acre site overlooking the Congaree River. They remain wary that traffic associated with the project will spill over into the Mill Village neighborhood.

Homeowner Jennifer Boyd is still concerned that on-site parking is inadequate, saying the suggestion that more than 400 space is plenty seems “full of molasses.”

The development at State and Meeting streets is just across the Gervais Street bridge across from the Vista.

It’s a project promising to spur more development in the Lexington County city of 15,000 residents, officials say. Making that happen is a decade-old dream of city leaders.

The plan taking shape gives the company flexibility to adapt development to demand, allowing it to substitute residences for offices but limiting the total to 235.

City officials are requiring that the project include at least 30,000 square feet for stores and restaurants.

Tim Flach: 803-771-8483

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