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Historic groups submit amendments to Bull Street deal

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There has been a great deal of anguish among members of groups like the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic Columbia Foundation when it comes to the Bull Street project.

The groups believe the project could wipe out a significant portion of the city's history if the development is not handled properly.

As things now stand, five of 17 structures from the old state hospital complex have been given protection by Greenville developer Bob Hughes.

The Babcock Building, including its east and west wings is one of them -- it's the largest and maybe best known building on the property.

But others are in jeopardy under terms of the development.

Historic Columbia has submitted a package of eight amendments to the agreement in hopes they will be incorporated into that agreement before Columbia City Council takes a final vote.

One of the amendments calls for designating three additional buildings, the Ensor, Bakery and Laundry buildings, as "precedent structures" along with the Parker Annex and Auditorium and Library.

Another amendment would require reviews of changes to those structures by an independent party. Those are just two of the eight proposed changes to the agreement.

Historic Columbia also wants the city to delay final approval for at least another two weeks.

The council is expected to take up the agreement again next Tuesday.

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