Fifth year of BullStreet district construction begins, first restaurant open

Fifth year of BullStreet district construction begins, first restaurant open
Updated: Jun. 29, 2018 at 6:38 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - We all know BullStreet by where the Columbia Fireflies play, but there's much more than just a night at the ballgame to come.

We're talking new restaurants, townhomes, office spaces, and even a church.

The BullStreet District is a 20-year, 181-acre project to transform the historic S.C. State Hospital site into a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood district in downtown Columbia, S.C.

Hughes Development Corporation is serving as the project's master developer, working with the Midlands community to build a one-of-a-kind new neighborhood.

"We're focused on new urbanism," Chandler Cox, Project Manager with Hughes Development said. "We're focused on being really walkable, having wide sidewalks, getting people out of their cars, having a lot of things for people to do."

At completion, the district expects to be full of an engaging mix of local and national shops and restaurants, high-quality entertainment like Fireflies baseball games and concerts, comfortable residences, public art and more.

"The fact that we'll have senior housing, that we'll have townhouses, that we'll have a church that we'll have businesses and non-profits all in one place, surrounded by a gorgeous park and a ball field that brings families together just is tremendous," JoAnn Turnquist, CEO with Central Carolina Community Foundation said.

Currently, they are in year five of this 20-year construction project.

One of the newest additions to BullStreet is Bone-In Barbeque, which opened in May and serves as the first restaurant to open at BullStreet.

Over the course of construction, you can expect to see many more restaurants to come along with a new public park on over 20 acres, a new downtown church, two- and three-bedroom townhomes, and a senior living community.

Since they've started building back in 2014, they've built Spirit Communications Park — the first base building with over 100,000 square feet of office and retail space — as well as saved historic buildings such as the Bakery at BullStreet, Parker Annex, Chapel, and the Central Energy facility, which will be the new home of the Downtown Church.

"It's sort of the typical 'live, work, and play,' but in a very different way," Cox said.

Those who have already moved their businesses in say BullStreet the perfect location.

"It's really nice because we can just walk over to a fireflies game after work or pop into Bone-In," Chloe Rodgers, with Cola Today said.

"The proximity is awesome, the history is incredible," Greg Hilton, who works for SOCO said.

A 20-year project also comes with a lot of construction. Neighbors who live nearby say that, at times, it can be bothersome.

"When it's the middle of the night, it just kind of bothers me sleeping," Nathaniel Green said. "I hear a lot of big trucks and tractors and stuff like that."

Green says that, regardless of the noise, he remains positive because he is excited about the new developments.

"I'm glad they're bringing new stuff in on BullStreet," Green said.

"It is a massive chunk of our city that have, sort of, been laid to waste for 25 years, so the fact that anybody is doing anything with it — and on top of that they're actually thinking way bigger about what this place could be — I can't wait to see what developments emerge from all that big thinking," Hilton said.

Construction is anticipated to be finished by April of 2034.

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