"Hub" Brings High End Living, Business to Columbia

Columbia, SC (WLTX)- The Hub at Columbia is filling up with residents ahead of the 2014-2015 school year.

Bailey Frye is getting settled in her new apartment. "We are going to get a kitchen table so we can all sit down and eat together," she said.

She was one of the first residents to move into the luxury high-rise apartments in downtown Columbia. The units are in the old SCANA headquarters, which were renovated to give a unique new living experience downtown.

Frye, a junior at the University of South Carolina, says the location to school is what drew her here, but the roof top pool and sand volleyball court were the ultimate selling points.

"All of the amenities were something you couldn't pass up," said Frye.

Business owners on Main Street are hoping to cash in on the nearly 800 residents that will fill the apartments by the end of August.

Chad Elsey, owner of Cantina 76, a restaurant near downtown, says his staff is prepared. "We are expecting a huge impact. It is really one of the main reasons we decided to go ahead and come aboard to Main Street," said Elsey.

Columbia Police tells News19 there won't be any additional staffing to the area-but there will be routine patrolling on Main Street.

"The city center partnership here on main street does a great job. they have the yellow shirt division out here that is keeping watch along with the local police force," said Elsey.

Frye says she feels safe even as one of the first to live in this new urban area. "I am looking forward to riding my bike to class," said Frye.


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