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Five Construction Crews Currently Active in the BullStreet District

Oct 11, 2017 03:17PM ● Published by Emily Stevenson

Five construction crews are active across the BullStreet District, known as the largest urban redevelopment project east of the Mississippi River. Workers on site are moving forward on a range of projects, including a 20-acre public park, residential development, historic renovation for a restaurant and more.

Current active construction includes the following:

  • Along Gregg St., mounds of earth displaced during early construction, totaling 26,000 cubic yards of dirt, are being moved to prepare the land for a 20-acre public park with a pond, walking trails, a dog park and more along Smith Branch, which will be brought back to the surface as a restored creek.
  • At Bull St. and Colonial Dr., displaced soil from early construction is being used to grade the area for future retail development. 
  • Infrastructure construction has begun for the 28 two- and three-bedroom TownPark at BullStreet townhomes, adjacent to renovated historic Parker Annex office building near Calhoun St. and Barnwell St.
  • Interiors work is underway for the 24,255 square foot offices of TCube Solutions/Capgemini on the 3rd floor of the First Base Building, the largest private office building constructed in downtown Columbia, S.C., since 2009. Class A retail and office space is still available in the First Base Building, located on Boyce St. adjacent to Spirit Communications Park.
  • Historic renovation is in full swing at the Ensor Building for Scott Hall's Bone-In Barbeque restaurant, with Class A office space available on the second floor with a new glass entry addition at the rear of the building, accessed from the baseball plaza.

Three additional projects are on deck for construction to commence in the coming months, including the renovation of the Central Energy Facility on Gregg St. for DOWNTOWN CHURCH; the 196-unit Merrill Gardens active senior living community at Gregg St. and Freed Dr.; and new sections of roadway, which will add to the nearly two miles of news roads and underground utilities that already have been installed at BullStreet.

At 181 acres – the size of multiple area shopping and dining districts combined – BullStreet presents the rare opportunity to build a unique urban environment from scratch, one mile from the S.C. State House.

The principles of New Urbanism are employed throughout the master plan for the development, prioritizing public gathering spaces, wide sidewalks, narrow streets, public art and more, so that the streets will feel safe, welcoming, comfortable and interesting for residents and visitors.   

“We are committed to creating a destination neighborhood that reflects the authenticity of the Midlands over the long term,” says Robert Hughes, president of Hughes Development Corporation. “We are excited that such a large amount of progress is being made across the BullStreet District, and we encourage businesses to reach out to us with their long-term plans for expansion.”

Economic Development, Enterprise

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