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On 2/21/2017 at 9:56 AM, TKJones said:

My thoughts exactly after having walked through, unfortunately. It's definitely a nice redevelopment, don't get me wrong, but the whole thing just seems way too non-functional to justify taking up nearly an entire city block. If they wanted it to feel like a small park like the article says, then why not just build one of those instead of planting some small trees and a few hundred square feet of sod in the middle of a big stone parking lot? Also, what's with the giant slabs just sitting there? Am I missing something on this one?

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.  

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Jittery Joe's coffee (beneath 650 lincoln apt) has closed down. Nothing devastating, but you would have hoped USC's first attempt at modern mixed-use could have been more popular. Two of the five retail spots are now currently unoccupied over a year later.

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It'll take awhile for this area to mature. It's still off the beaten path. A few years from now once the other parking lots have been developed and there's more of a residential base directly adjacent... these units wont be empty. 

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Just curious... you said that two of the five retail spots are now unoccupied. What is the second vacant spot? Did Tropical Smoothie, 9round, or Barberitos close too??

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There's a spot next to 9round that's always been empty if I'm not mistaken. But true, this whole area is a work in progress. I give them a ton of credit for planning for long-term growth.

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On 2/21/2017 at 9:56 AM, TKJones said:

My thoughts exactly after having walked through, unfortunately. It's definitely a nice redevelopment, don't get me wrong, but the whole thing just seems way too non-functional to justify taking up nearly an entire city block. If they wanted it to feel like a small park like the article says, then why not just build one of those instead of planting some small trees and a few hundred square feet of sod in the middle of a big stone parking lot? Also, what's with the giant slabs just sitting there? Am I missing something on this one?

Finally found the answer to your question:

http://www.sc.edu/uofsc/posts/2017/03/foundation_square.php#.WNbFFxiZPVp

The slabs are part of a small amphitheater meant to host outdoor performances by students at the (nearly adjacent) music school. The corner across the intersection is going to display outdoor sculptures, which doesn't surprise me given USC's relatively new interest in outdoor art.

While I've of course known about the Sasaki Plan since its inception, it never occurred to me that extending Greene Street to the river would be a huge selling point for USC. Of course it's too far for the campus tour, but who wouldn't want to ride a bike or walk from Russell House to a riverfront park? Such a cool feature when it's eventually built.

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22 hours ago, CLT_sc said:

Anyone know when the Greene St bridge will be built across the RR tracks?

Very good question. If my memory serves me, it was tied in with the Richland County penny tax, and that program has come under a lot of fire..and may be part of a law suit. It seems like all the projects have been put on hold.

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Hello, Cliff Apartments has been cleared out of students and they are planning demolition soon. Cliff will come down so they can make the new parking garage and then they can remove bates/old parking lot/ and Carolina gardens apartments. They renovated the old law school into a chem lab building. I have a class in the old coliseum but still no word on renovation. The new campus village is going to be great.

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