Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A major new development is coming to Columbia's Vista, a project which intends to remake the vacant property next to the State Museum with living and office space.
"It's a welcome to a lot of tourists, whether you are going to a baseball or football game, the university or a conference at the convention center," Sarah Lewis with the Vista Guild.
The vista is a place where people come to live, work, and play. From hotels to restaurants, its definitely a hot spot for tourists and pretty soon this field will add to the growing entertainment district.
A development company called "Homes Urban" just bought the property that used to be the Kline Iron site.
Lewis says it will link the museums to the vista.
"To see this being used for hotels, residential and a mixed use venue is very exciting."
The lot has been empty for years, but their plan is to build almost 300 apartments, a parking garage for almost 700 cars, office and retail space and a hotel.
News 19 spoke with developer Russ Davis over the phone.
"It's taken me nearly a decade but finally we were able to make arrangements with the Kline family to put this deal together so we are all excited about it," Davis.
Davis says they are not wasting any time and construction should start at the beginning of next year.
"I'm confident that you'll see the apartments start construction in the probably late first quarter of next year and hopefully at the same time, perhaps the office building or the hotel as well."
He was tight lipped about what retailer would set up shop on the property but said, it's a well known business.
Davis says they have not made a decision on what hotel company will be on the site.
"We haven't determined who yet but we have talked with people from all the major brands and they are each interested in the site."
Visitors at EdVenture and the State Museum will also be able to park in the parking garages on the property.
Lewis has described the empty space as a gap in the teeth of the vista... but pretty soon it will be the buckle that holds everything together.
"We are excited because there are connectivity opportunities, you can connect to the museum, EdVenture, you can connect to the river and we want to use the river as much as possible," said Lewis.
Davis says the apartments will be done in time for people to live their in 2016.