15-story dorm could soon soar over College and Main - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

15-story dorm could soon soar over College and Main

A rendering of the proposed tower at College Street and Main Street. (Source: City of Columbia) A rendering of the proposed tower at College Street and Main Street. (Source: City of Columbia)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A 15-story private student dormitory could soon be built where Sandy's Famous Hot Dogs sits at College Street and Main Street adjacent to the University of South Carolina campus.

Columbia's Design Development Review Commission will discuss the proposed tower, which would be built by Memphis, TN developer EdR, during a meeting on Thursday, May 14 at 4 p.m.

Plans for the property indicate the building would include 246 residential units, seven levels of above and below-grade parking and an outdoor pool and other amenities on the 7th floor.

The footprint for the proposed building covers the current Sandy's location as well as Baptist College Ministry.

Mobile users, tap here to see more images of the proposed tower.

According to the project summary, the main lobby would be at the corner of College and Main Streets. Baptist College Ministry would occupy 12,409 sq. ft. of space on the first floor. There would also be an additional 1,437 sq. ft. of retail space on the ground floor.

The tower would be much taller than any of the buildings in the area except for the 18-story Cornell Arms apartment building, which is just two blocks away. 

The zoning for the property does not have a height limit.

City staffers note, "the most fundamental guidance for building heights in City Center is that the minimum height for any new building in the district should typically be two stories, even if the building contains only one functional story ... Low profile office buildings, commercial buildings, and residences will not yield the density, urban scale, and character desired for City Center, and should, therefore, be discouraged."

Click/tap here for the Design/Development Review Commission's evaluation sheet for the proposal.

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