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  1. ColaFan


    Any information out there about some of these projects? 1. Riverfront Park between Gervais and Blossom. 2. USC Master plan to redevelop Whaley Street area of campus by bringing the creek to surface level and greenscaping. there was a nice video rendering of that at one point. I think that plan was due for an update to be presented a year or so ago, but never saw any reference to it afterwards. This is just outside of Innovista, but I think linked up to Innovista thought Greek Village/Strom Thurmond center. 3. USC extension of Green Street and building in the Innovista footprint.
  2. What did they decide on SCANA. I thought I saw that there was a fight gearing up over the white wash plan. I assume that the Columbia side/Riverfront Park phase remains on the back burner? I've been a little confused for a long while why Columbia was dragging its feet on creating a centerpiece park. I actually think if done correctly it could do a lot of the City's attractiveness. And I think it could help jolt development perhaps. I think Columbia's side can be more of a destination, finished park than a natural habitat. Someplace that could host a fourth of july celebration, a festival, etc, as opposed to a place to necessarily walk in the woods. More of an urban park.
  3. ColaFan


    Tend to agree wth this, though a pocket park in that sort of high foot traffic area might not be feasible. I think maybe as the canopy fills in, it might look nicer.
  4. That seems like a pretty rude response.
  5. Depends on what you mean by higher rise. Generally speaking, all of the newer county courthouse tend not to be more than four or five stories and generally speaking have a bigger footprint. If you are putting Charleston, Beaufort, Horry, Sumter, Dorchester, Lancaster in the vertical category then that is certainly what is being built. I don't consider them as particularly vertical and they certainly are not high rises. Really the only high rise on the state level is Florence and it is being replaced with a structure along the lines of the others. A relatively spread out facility of moderate height. The Florence courthouse was constructed as a combination court house and city county offices complex. It is a disaster logistically. you have three elevator banks feedings the entire building. So you have criminal roll calls on the elevators with citizens trying to pay their water bills or get a building permit. You have inmates sharing elevators. The halls are terribly cramped and there is no real space for people heading to court to congregate outside the courtroom. The Clerk's offices are on different floors from the courtrooms. I'm not sure why the feds would favor verticality and I'm not saying it is impossible to design something that would be functional, I just have a hard time seeing how it would flow as well as the current fashion. You'd still need a wide footprint to make it make sense and that would likely eliminate the cost saving and footprint. Also state courthouses have a very different need and a very different volume and variety of courts and cases. I don't see it as a very functional or desirable design plan.
  6. I don't quite understand how Columbia has enough hotel rooms to support conventions and football games and USC graduation, etc and not enough to support the NCAA tournament. I think the bigger concern was perhaps that the existing hotels did not have availability for the featured dates.
  7. I can't imagine that it would be particularly advantageous for the City/County to repurpose the existing Courthouse. I also cannot imagine that any County would include a Courthouse in a tower these days. Just too many logistical issues there, I think. I've thought that the County ought to look at North Main possibly for the Courthouse. Lots of blight down that corridor and perhaps the Courthouse could be a positive motivator down that way. It also would be relatively close to the existing courthouse location so it would not disrupt too much. I think the County could then either use the lot for redevelopment or sell it off for private redevelopment.
  8. Just needs more trees, less pavement, fewer wires.
  9. Where did you see that? I've been wondering.
  10. I think the City would be better served building out the waterfront park than addressing Finlay right now. That would be more of an attraction and would unite the Columbia side river, which I think is more valuable. I think that's more likely to push development as well. The problem with Finlay, I guess more than anything, is that it is not terribly convenient to many people because there is relatively little downtown population and this being a southern city people aren't likely to drive in to a place where you might see homeless.
  11. ColaFan

    Five Points

    Anyone know what the cost of repainting/renovating rail bridges is? The rail bridge above Gervais near Harden is one that comes to mind but there are several in the downtown area that could use a coat of paint. I know that generally would be on the railroad, but seems like they might be a good neighbor or city or university could contribute. I think it might help the feel of the area to get these looking a little neater and less like its a run down area. The block or two from five points to the road on which Capstone sits has an unsavory appearance based in part on that rusty bridge and the carwash. The buildings on the other side aren't the best either. Seems like a natural progression for business district with law school coming online and the new condo. I think people might like to walk up gervais, but not sure that is something that would be that appealing right now.
  12. Glad to see some official progress there. the movie theater seems like an interesting concept and a second destination draw for the project. Sounds like an upscale, pricier option too, which hopefully might suggest the composition of the development. I don't think this thing really is all that exciting if it is just a second Harrison or Sandhills. Hoping to see some interesting new shopping.
  13. What is the latest with the development of the Columbia side of the river? I thought that the River Esplanade or whatever they had in mind had been in planning for awhile. Has the City dropped this after floods and attention to Bull Street? to me, the City has really delayed an opportunity to create a signature attraction that could in turn spur development and be a selling point for the City in attracting investment downtown. I think the City could definitely develop this into more of an urban park that would be a bit different from what has been done on the other side. I know that perhaps the Guingard property itself would not necessarily be subject to development, but I think there is a lot of non-developed land between that and the Vista that could benefit from condos, hotel, offices with park access. You'd also be linking up existing trails and giving it a central destination point that would perhaps spur interesting uses and development downstream.
  14. Any new plans or announcements about a downtown trolley or other transit service? I know that the trolleys were unsuccessful 20 years ago, but it seems as though you have more people living downtown now. I think you could start with a Gervais axis and an Assembly axis. Gervais might run from State Street in West Columbia to Five Points. the Assembly route could run from Whaley (or even George Rogers) to Elmwood. I think that would capture a lot of the new housing and give these student housing communities access to USC while also letting people move pretty freely between entertainment districts and the river. I guess it still would depend on the willingness of people to ride public transit, but maybe it would be convenient enough for people to get a critical mass of people that would feel safer. I suspect safety is the biggest concern now of many, whether that is a reasonable fear or not.
  15. ColaFan

    Five Points

    Rode by the condos at Harden and Gervais earlier this week. They have really made progress from the last time I made by, with the main entrance now nearly complete. It looks like it will be a nice looking addition once the landscaping fills in. I could see that being another catalyst for that area.
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