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Old 09-29-2015, 01:46 PM
 
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I'm trying to put all the developments on Main and Gervais into perspective, particularly in light of The State's article about the life of the Vista shifting towards the river. Think ahead to a year or two from now: you can walk from the Museum of Art and stop in at the Main Street Public House, underground Starbucks, Cantina 76, Oak Table, and Bourbon before turning right on Gervais. You'll walk past a (hopefully) underway residential tower being constructed on Main and Lady towards a completely revitalized City Market and a wholly-revamped West End Alley. Keep walking and you'll see Kline City Center under construction and a State Museum with world class planetarium and observatory. That's a long walk in a vibrant urban area with numerous attractions.

This would have seemed fanciful a decade ago, but it is happening right now before our eyes. This amount of progress is truly remarkable, and doesn't even take into account the projects I did not mention (e.g., Farm Credit Bank renovation, various student apartments, Aloft Hotel, fire station redevelopment, etc.).

We still have work to do, for sure. The stretch of Gervais between the new Station at Five Points at Harden St and the new law school still looks kinda rough. It is not inviting for pedestrians and looks a bit run down, but I suspect we'll see some refurbishment and repurposing take place between now and two years from now. No one can argue now that downtown Columbia is not well underway in reinventing itself and becoming a great place to spend time. If all of this shapes up the way it appears to be, we should give ourselves a huge pat on the back.
This is all good stuff, but one negative here is that Finlay Park is still kind of out of the way in relation to most of the new (re)development. Perhaps this will change once the upper portion of Assembly gets streetscaped, but as of now, it's just a shame that the city's signature urban park isn't playing more of a central role in the life of the city as far as revitalization is concerned.
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
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This is all good stuff, but one negative here is that Finlay Park is still kind of out of the way in relation to most of the new (re)development. Perhaps this will change once the upper portion of Assembly gets streetscaped, but as of now, it's just a shame that the city's signature urban park isn't playing more of a central role in the life of the city as far as revitalization is concerned.
This is very true. Hopefully, the new bike path from Elmwood Park to the Vista will bring more life to Finlay, and the same goes for Finlay's refurbishment that is on deck. Unfortunately, until the homeless problem (real or perceived) is handled, many people will be reluctant to go there.

I hope Kline City Center brings more people to Riverfront Park and the city finally gets its act together finishing the outstanding links. I was at Riverfront Park one evening recently and there were dozens of people out walking and running. It offers unique views and landscapes that other cities don't have. If this tied in better to the city's urban fabric, it would add a unique quality of life to the area.
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Old 10-02-2015, 03:08 PM
 
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This is very true. Hopefully, the new bike path from Elmwood Park to the Vista will bring more life to Finlay, and the same goes for Finlay's refurbishment that is on deck. Unfortunately, until the homeless problem (real or perceived) is handled, many people will be reluctant to go there.

I hope Kline City Center brings more people to Riverfront Park and the city finally gets its act together finishing the outstanding links. I was at Riverfront Park one evening recently and there were dozens of people out walking and running. It offers unique views and landscapes that other cities don't have. If this tied in better to the city's urban fabric, it would add a unique quality of life to the area.

The City should have sold off that corner of Taylor and Gadsden Street where the greeway comes out and for a residential/multi family use and had the greenway wrap around it and on across Taylor Street.. The views from this building over looking the existing Finlay park would make it nice and hopefully it residents would use it.. that in addition to getting ride of the friggin post office and having that serve as a platform for some other office/mixed use would go along way towards making it an urban park and less of a bumsville, USA.....
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Old 10-09-2015, 10:54 PM
 
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We have a new 14 story apartment building proposed next to the main library.

http://www.columbiasc.gov/depts/plan..._1401_info.pdf
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Old 10-10-2015, 12:16 AM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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We have a new 14 story apartment building proposed next to the main library.

http://www.columbiasc.gov/depts/plan..._1401_info.pdf
The offset windows are cool, but I'd like to see more color. It's a bit drab.
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Old 10-10-2015, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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It's just plain ugly from some angles. And consider how squatty it will make the Hub look from the west. And you probably won't see the Wells Fargo building from the west. I hope it gets shot down. Four floors would be appropriate there.
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Old 10-10-2015, 05:35 AM
 
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Critical info here: "Staff recommended that the applicant postpone their request based on the number of significant concerns that need to be addressed. Their appearance at this informational presentation is to get additional feedback from the DDRC Commissioners in advance of revising the design to get move closer to what will be expected and supported moving forward."

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It's just plain ugly from some angles. And consider how squatty it will make the Hub look from the west. And you probably won't see the Wells Fargo building from the west. I hope it gets shot down. Four floors would be appropriate there.
As Columbia grows up, there will be taller buildings popping up in all sorts of different places; attempting to preserve the view of other buildings is just not a valid criticism here IMO. That should have absolutely no bearing on whether it gets approved or not.
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Old 10-10-2015, 05:44 AM
 
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But that area didn't flood and it should be denser.
its on far safer ground than a lot of existing apartments
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Old 10-10-2015, 06:10 AM
 
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Uh oh getting biblical rain downtown right now falling mega hard abd fast accompanied by lightening
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Old 10-10-2015, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Critical info here: "Staff recommended that the applicant postpone their request based on the number of significant concerns that need to be addressed. Their appearance at this informational presentation is to get additional feedback from the DDRC Commissioners in advance of revising the design to get move closer to what will be expected and supported moving forward."



As Columbia grows up, there will be taller buildings popping up in all sorts of different places; attempting to preserve the view of other buildings is just not a valid criticism here IMO. That should have absolutely no bearing on whether it gets approved or not.
It's valid to preserve the integrity of districts. West of Assembly Street is the Vista district. And that lot on Assembly is at the top of the Vista's hill. I say four floors.
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