Columbia Planning Commission Considering New Apartments

Lincoln and Catawba might be the site of more apartments.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - At Monday's planning commission meeting in Columbia, a developer proposed plans to place a new apartment complex on Lincoln and Catawba Street.  

The building would house 141 units made up of studio, one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom apartments and retail space. The idea got mixed reviews.
 
"The zoning of Catawba street was threatened," said Don Tomlin, the chairman of USC Columbia Technology Incubator.
 
Tomlin says the USC Columbia Technology Incubator raised four million dollars to relocate their incubator building to that area.
 
"What it does is it puts a residential use right in the middle of the last bastion that the city has to create jobs in the manufacturing and industrial world," Tomlin said.
 
Tomlin says he fears that these plans may deter new manufacturing and industrial startups from moving in.
 
"Both sides did a very good job on their presentations," said Richard Cohn, a planning commissioner for the city of Columbia.
 
Cohn says the decision will be deferred until the commission's December meeting.
 
"We received some information late today that could impact how we vote when that time comes," Cohn said, "We've got to be able to have all the facts to do it, and tonight, we didn't have them all."
 
Another issue was with parking. As it stands now, the developer does not have enough. They would normally be required to provide 282 parking spaces to accommodate the residents and potential restaurant guests for their building, but the developer is proposing the creation of 161 spaces at the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on Tuesday. If denied, the developer will not have the clearance to build on the property.
 
 
 


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