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Old 04-13-2018, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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The owners of Drake's Duck-In are restoring the 1940's era facade of the building and are remodeling the second floor to house a business of some sort. Plans recently released by the city suggest it'll be a small bar or restaurant.

The Drake's Duck-In building with the original facade exposed: https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.town...34e2.image.jpg

This is definitely good news and I hope a few other buildings--most notably the urgent care business next to Drake's, King's Jewelers, and Solid Gold--have their original facades restored.
Unless there is an elevator to that 2nd story business, do not expect to see me there.
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Old 04-14-2018, 10:00 AM
 
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Anything on the Apartments ontop the garages project? Haven't heard anything since. I thought the contract was that they have to start construction 2 years after contract is signed. Well it's been like what 3+ years since and still nothing.

I feel like besides the free small developments in downtown that The big ones just stopped all together.

The tower because to the library, the proposed tower on the corner of Lady and Park, All the towers on top of the garages and the city plans to build a tower on the corner of Main and Laurel St. It's like everything stopped.

I just got back from Atlanta a few days ago and obviously the economy haven't slowed down because construction is everywhere there. Charlotte is just booming and little ole Columbia just stopped.
If you remember, nothing happened downtown during the recession except for Main and Gervais. I think developers all sought a piece of an underserved market, but rushed in too quickly. It's not surprising that projects were shelved- not everything proposed gets built. The smaller growth of hotels, restaurants, and stores is much more sustainable in the long term.
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Old 04-14-2018, 12:22 PM
 
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Anything on the Apartments ontop the garages project? Haven't heard anything since. I thought the contract was that they have to start construction 2 years after contract is signed. Well it's been like what 3+ years since and still nothing.

I feel like besides the free small developments in downtown that The big ones just stopped all together.

The tower because to the library, the proposed tower on the corner of Lady and Park, All the towers on top of the garages and the city plans to build a tower on the corner of Main and Laurel St. It's like everything stopped.

I just got back from Atlanta a few days ago and obviously the economy haven't slowed down because construction is everywhere there. Charlotte is just booming and little ole Columbia just stopped.
Umm... nothing has stopped and there are several projects underway, especially outside of the Main Street district. Just to put things in perspective, there are more people in metro Atlanta than the entire state of South Carolina and metro Charlotte is as big as the three largest metro areas in the state. You can't really compare any of those places.

To address what is going on with the projects that you are concerned with I found some news articles I read a while back.

The Edge tower next to the main library.
https://www.free-times.com/news/loca...073742ef6.html

The apartments on top of the parking ramps- it's expensive to do-
Apartments still considered for Columbia parking garages | The State

The tower idea that the Mayor had-
Real estate: Columbia SC weighs downtown office tower future | The State

And the other tower was just an exploration to see if they would change the vista overlay to allow a taller mixed use building.

Progress will come, but you have to remember this isnt a huge banking center and it is really really expensive to build high rise towers. I know you are frustrated by $2,000 a month apartments downtown, but I can guarantee you that any apartments built over the ramps will have to cost that much, because they will be exceptionally expensive to build.
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Old 04-14-2018, 03:18 PM
 
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You can't tell transplants to stop coming to Columbia and go to Charlotte instead and then get jealous of big projects getting built in Charlotte and not as many in Columbia.
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Old 04-15-2018, 01:24 AM
 
Location: Columbia,SC
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Umm... nothing has stopped and there are several projects underway, especially outside of the Main Street district. Just to put things in perspective, there are more people in metro Atlanta than the entire state of South Carolina and metro Charlotte is as big as the three largest metro areas in the state. You can't really compare any of those places.

To address what is going on with the projects that you are concerned with I found some news articles I read a while back.

The Edge tower next to the main library.
https://www.free-times.com/news/loca...073742ef6.html

The apartments on top of the parking ramps- it's expensive to do-
Apartments still considered for Columbia parking garages | The State

The tower idea that the Mayor had-
Real estate: Columbia SC weighs downtown office tower future | The State

And the other tower was just an exploration to see if they would change the vista overlay to allow a taller mixed use building.

Progress will come, but you have to remember this isnt a huge banking center and it is really really expensive to build high rise towers. I know you are frustrated by $2,000 a month apartments downtown, but I can guarantee you that any apartments built over the ramps will have to cost that much, because they will be exceptionally expensive to build.
I'mma create a map of development corners and groups in Columbia I think should be explored, might be in the near future and what I think should go up where that will fill in downtown Columbia.
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:26 AM
 
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Originally Posted by Mutiny77 View Post
The owners of Drake's Duck-In are restoring the 1940's era facade of the building and are remodeling the second floor to house a business of some sort. Plans recently released by the city suggest it'll be a small bar or restaurant.

The Drake's Duck-In building with the original facade exposed: https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.town...34e2.image.jpg

This is definitely good news and I hope a few other buildings--most notably the urgent care business next to Drake's, King's Jewelers, and Solid Gold--have their original facades restored.
An update:

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Plans to renovate the second story of Drake’s Duck-In on Main Street to include a rooftop restaurant received quick approval from the city’s Design/Development Review Committee on Thursday...

A submitted drawing of the second floor shows a seven-seat bar overlooking Main Street and a small restaurant space with nine tables seating four people each and one table seating two. A drawing of the back deck has six four-person and tables and a pair of two-person tables.

The original plans submitted to the city included restoring the building’s storefront to its 1941 appearance, but after consultation with DDRC staff and the state historic preservation office, the applicant agreed to instead restore the storefront to its 1939 appearance. This will include rectangular display cases, wooden windows with a six-over-six pane configuration and brick masonry bulkheads.

The plans also detail the reconstructing of a stairway removed in the 1940s. The roof will be replaced to match its current appearance and will serve as a deck or patio for a second-level restaurant.
https://columbiabusinessreport.com/news/retail/74245/
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Soda City
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Anyone know when they’re suppose to start painting the railroad bridge at on Gervais?
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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No elevator, no me.
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:04 PM
 
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No elevator, no me.
Yes, you said that already.
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Old 04-20-2018, 01:28 AM
 
Location: Columbia,SC
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Umm... nothing has stopped and there are several projects underway, especially outside of the Main Street district. Just to put things in perspective, there are more people in metro Atlanta than the entire state of South Carolina and metro Charlotte is as big as the three largest metro areas in the state. You can't really compare any of those places.

To address what is going on with the projects that you are concerned with I found some news articles I read a while back.

The Edge tower next to the main library.
https://www.free-times.com/news/loca...073742ef6.html

The apartments on top of the parking ramps- it's expensive to do-
Apartments still considered for Columbia parking garages | The State

The tower idea that the Mayor had-
Real estate: Columbia SC weighs downtown office tower future | The State

And the other tower was just an exploration to see if they would change the vista overlay to allow a taller mixed use building.

Progress will come, but you have to remember this isnt a huge banking center and it is really really expensive to build high rise towers. I know you are frustrated by $2,000 a month apartments downtown, but I can guarantee you that any apartments built over the ramps will have to cost that much, because they will be exceptionally expensive to build.
Heres my Maps I promised of the ideas I would like to see Happen in downtown over the next 5-10 years.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/799/26...53803f00_o.png
My idea for One Way Road conversion in Downtown on some streets.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/916/26...d693a5fa_o.png
Thirteen 21 Lady development and an Idea for a High Rise office or Apartment/Condo

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/846/26...6340fef2_o.png
Idea for the Transit Center in the Vista and a Capped off RR tracks with Development on top

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/941/26...1c33820c_o.png
Convention Center Expansion and Possible Entertainment Hub with a Columbia Eye (Ferris Wheel)

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/930/26...041d3df3_o.png
Development on the Corners of Assembly and Gervais to compliment the Vista and connecting of Main Street District and the Vista District

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/888/39...b54cc0d6_o.png
The Edge Apartments Proposal, A Mall on the Block of Main Washington, Assembly and Hampton Street to fill in that Parking crater and the Proposed Apartments on top of the Garages. Also Filling in the Corner of Lady and Park Street with Mid Rise mixed use Buildings

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/808/39...6777ae09_o.png
1700 & 1800 Block of Main Street development.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/873/39...1d8d4896_o.png
Entrance to NoMa (North Main Street) the Corner of Elmwood and Main Filled in with Mid rise Apartments with Ground level retail.

These are my ideas that would in my opinion fill in Downtown Columbia nicely and would give us more our own character even more than we are doing now. and I still believe in the Concept of Build it and their will come. People are already moving in because of our growth and development in downtown why not spur on more
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