For nearly 200 years, the state asylum on Bull Street was the centerpiece of care for the mentally ill in South Carolina. Now, in what is considered the biggest and most important land deal in modern Columbia history, the 165-acre campus is to be transformed into what boosters claim will be an economic behemoth.
It is a billed as a job creator of the first degree, equivalent to Boeing or BMW, with thousands of homes, stores and offices adding a new heart to the city center, alive with people living, working and playing.
Already, a new $37 million baseball stadium is rising from the site’s center. And developers are promising dozens of new stores and hundreds of homes.
But, if successful, Columbia Common, as it is called, also will be the centerpiece of a new downtown – affecting the diverse neighborhoods around it, transforming them as well. Will it be everything everyone hopes?
Columbia, meet your new neighbor
Here’s what folks living near the future Columbia Common site would like to see happen there....READ MORE.
The 165-acre Bull Street redevelopment project in Columbia is considered to be the largest and most significant land deal in the city’s modern history. We interviewed developer Bob Hughes Feb. 13 on the ninth floor of his new dual-towered One complex in Greenville.... READ MORE.
Take a tour of the construction site and get an exclusive sneak peak at Spirit Communications Park....READ MORE.
Developer Bob Hughes has agreed to save and restore the Babcock Building, the laundry, the bakery, the Chapel of Hope and the core of the Williams building. He later decided to re-use a sixth, the Ensor Building, the hospital’s former morgue.....READ MORE.