COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - There’s significant construction going on this week at the BullStreet District development in downtown Columbia.
This is the capital city’s largest revitalization project and it’s located off Bull Street about a mile from the state house and USC.
Developers are looking to create a space that combines work, dining, shopping, green space, and more in the capital city.
Driving down Bull Street, it’s clear that the area is changing.
If you decide to explore a little and take a left turn, you’ll find a restaurant, an upcoming senior living community, a 20-acre park that’s being landscaped, and future retail stores.
“The other big news, is that we are working on the REI plot,” said Chandler Cox of Hughes Development Corporation. “So we are building a building for REI to open in the summer of 2020 and along with that, you’ll also see a lot of infrastructure construction.”
Some of that construction will include a new road that runs from Segra Park to Bull Street that we can expect to see sometime next year.
Recently, a revamped event space opened near Calhoun and Gregg streets in a building that used to be an energy facility.
With more living spaces, restaurants, and jogging trails on the way, developers are hoping to breathe new life into downtown Columbia that everyone can enjoy.
“Do some shopping, go to work, eat at restaurants, spend a lot of their leisure time,” Cox said. “We hope that there’s something for everybody.”
Right now BullStreet District has about 300 full-time employees and plans are to expand that soon to 500.
USC is slated to open a 16 acre medical and research facility on that property, as well.