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Old 11-15-2016, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Columbia,SC
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Cramped courthouse drives Richland leaders to explore building a new one

Richland considers new courthouse to replace cramped facility | The State

Is this finally happening?

If they make the move what do you guys want to see there. Me personally would love to see a mixed used retail office space at the bottom and an apartment, condo or hotel tower on the top.15-20 floors.Which would definitely shift a lot of development north even quicker.
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Old 11-15-2016, 05:53 AM
 
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No restaurant, would cut down number of rooms had they. Look this adds
More pedestrian traffic on mains though which will beget further
Improvements/restaurants in time. The momentum is really starting
to snowball. When Lula Drake wine bar/restaurant opens at the end of the month
And the renovation of the building formerly occupied by Hennessys is finished
Main is going to be a lot more happening than it already is.
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Old 11-15-2016, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
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A new, non-branded, boutique hotel will be built in the Powell building on Sumter Street. It will have 41 rooms and will occupy the majority of the renovated building.

Couple to establish independent, boutique style hotel in Columbia
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Old 11-15-2016, 07:38 AM
 
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A new, non-branded, boutique hotel will be built in the Powell building on Sumter Street. It will have 41 rooms and will occupy the majority of the renovated building.

Couple to establish independent, boutique style hotel in Columbia
It's actually three buildings:

"The properties, whose backyards adjoin one another, include the former Powell Furniture Co. building located at 1519 Sumter St., the former Western Auto building at 1222 Taylor St., and the Rose Talbert building located at 1224 Taylor St."



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Old 11-15-2016, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Columbia,SC
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So i got some good news. Matt Kennell the director for downtown Columbia who kinda oversees new development just told me that the design and engineering is still on for the apartment ontop of the garage it's just challenging he said. But he said no worries that this is still gonna happen and the apartment is still gonna be built.
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Old 11-15-2016, 08:00 AM
 
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Cramped courthouse drives Richland leaders to explore building a new one

Richland considers new courthouse to replace cramped facility | The State

Is this finally happening?

If they make the move what do you guys want to see there. Me personally would love to see a mixed used retail office space at the bottom and an apartment, condo or hotel tower on the top.15-20 floors.Which would definitely shift a lot of development north even quicker.
Government buildings aren't really allowed to mix judicial space with residential space. There might be room for some retail, but it would likely be limited to a cafe, bodega, or coffee shop. Spending rules dictate that the government is not in the business of speculative development and should not subsidize any other development, nor should it co-mingle public and private funds. The best outcome would be a courthouse further north in downtown that frees up the current courthouse land for residential development given its proximity to Finlay Park.
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Old 11-15-2016, 08:02 AM
 
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It's actually three buildings:

"The properties, whose backyards adjoin one another, include the former Powell Furniture Co. building located at 1519 Sumter St., the former Western Auto building at 1222 Taylor St., and the Rose Talbert building located at 1224 Taylor St."


The funny thing is there's not really a backyard at all. Western Auto and Rose Talbert back up directly into Powell Furniture, which makes me think that they can actually directly connect the buildings if they break through the back wall(s). I guess they can't really do anything about the SC Community Bank parking lot that abuts the new hotel. I kind of wonder how appealing the view will be considering most rooms will look either into an alley or a parking lot.
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Old 11-15-2016, 11:39 AM
 
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The funny thing is there's not really a backyard at all. Western Auto and Rose Talbert back up directly into Powell Furniture, which makes me think that they can actually directly connect the buildings if they break through the back wall(s). I guess they can't really do anything about the SC Community Bank parking lot that abuts the new hotel. I kind of wonder how appealing the view will be considering most rooms will look either into an alley or a parking lot.
That's a good point that I hadn't thought about. It's already an unusual set up for a hotel to begin with, especially one being branded as a boutique hotel.
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Old 11-15-2016, 11:41 AM
 
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Government buildings aren't really allowed to mix judicial space with residential space. There might be room for some retail, but it would likely be limited to a cafe, bodega, or coffee shop. Spending rules dictate that the government is not in the business of speculative development and should not subsidize any other development, nor should it co-mingle public and private funds. The best outcome would be a courthouse further north in downtown that frees up the current courthouse land for residential development given its proximity to Finlay Park.
He was talking about the current courthouse property when they move out of it.
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Old 11-15-2016, 12:32 PM
 
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He was talking about the current courthouse property when they move out of it.
Yeah, he even started out saying, "If they move."

I would not be opposed to tearing down that horrible looking monstrosity that has no interaction with the street. If that and the old united way building were torn down and rebuilt as mixed use properties that would be a huge boon for that part of Main Street. Not to mention the empty lots and bus station that will be moving around the same time. 2019-2024 will be an interesting time for this area.
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