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Results of $100K Rocky Branch study to be unveiled


After several months of waiting, city council members and the public will soon be able to see how the development of a Walmart near downtown Columbia could affect the water quality of Rocky Branch Creek and flooding in the area.

In February, the city came to an agreement with AMEC Environment and Infrastructure, Inc. to do the $100,000 study of the impacts from the proposed shopping center at 301 Assembly St.

AMEC will present the results to Columbia City Council at the June 5 council meeting and to the public the following night at 5:30 p.m. Both meetings will take place in council chambers at City Hall.

The goal of the study was to assess the proposed development's potential flooding and water quality impacts on Rocky Branch as well as to identify opportunities to improve flooding and water quality problems within the Rocky Branch area.

Rocky Branch Creek is an urban creek in the Upper Congaree River Watershed that runs through the Waverly Neighborhood, Five Points, the USC campus and Olympia and empties into the Congaree River.

A 2006 study recommended $40 million in changes to fix the flooding in those areas.

Council put plans to sell Capital City Stadium to Bright-Meyers on hold in January in lieu of commissioning the study.

Plans for the property, dubbed Capital City Station, include an approximately 92,000 sq. ft. Walmart store, 3 smaller anchor stores and other smaller retail stores and restaurants. The Walmart building would be about half the size of an average Super Walmart.

The project calls for a total of 774 parking spaces, including a single-level underground parking garage with 209 spaces, and close to 100 spaces for bicycles.

The property will also feature a small green space along Assembly Street with a sidewalk and a creek and over 300 trees scattered throughout the development.

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