Downtown Columbia is getting more luxury apartments.
The Styx Co. is planning to renovate a three-building complex at the corner of Sumter and Lady streets into 109 apartments. The grouping of three buildings across the street from the Palmetto Club is commonly known as the “Keenan complex.”
The complex includes an historic six-story, 1921 building and its 10-story, 1951 annex commonly referred to as the Keenan Building at 1310 Lady St. Also included is a three-story, 1980s building at 1224 Sumter St. that previously housed Merrill Lynch.
The six-story, 1921 building was originally built to host the Masons and other fraternal organizations. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Julie Tuttle of the Styx Co. said the firm plans to use historic preservation tax credits to renovate the building.
“It deserves to have some life brought back to it,” she said. “We want to recognize the history of it and (restore) the architectural details that are still there.”
The original double-door entries of the six-story building on Lady and Sumter streets will be re-established, and the tinted glass on the first floor will be replaced with clear glass, according to documents filed with the city’s Design Development Review Commission by architects The Boudreaux Group.
The first floor limestone cornice will be rehabilitated as well as the upper story cornices and the rooftop balustrade, according to the documents.
There is also a proposal for a rooftop deck and a new metal canopy for the 10-story Keenan Building’s entry. The Keenan Building is listed as a city historic landmark.
There is also room for some retail on the first floor of the six-story building, and an existing business in the Keenan Building, Ashley’s Alley salon, will remain.
A one-story entry between the three-story and six-story building will be demolished in favor of a public/private courtyard and new screened entryway.
Work is expected to begin this month with a target date for tenants to move in in October.
The floor plans call for mostly studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with studios starting at $1,000 per month, Tuttle said. The complex will also include three high-end townhouse-style units, one with three bedrooms, she said.
Tuttle said the complex’s location one block from the State House and Main Street and three blocks from the campus of the University of South Carolina should be a draw for young professionals and others.
“The best amenity is the city,” she said.
Styx is also renovating the former Inn at Claussen’s Bakery in Five Points into apartments.