Kroger Strikes Out, Changes Coming to Capital City Stadium

Capital City Stadium has been out of commission for nearly three years.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Changes are coming to the plan of what will be done with the Capital City Stadium property off of South Assembly Street in Columbia.

The baseball diamond has been around for nearly ninety years but the it's been out of commission the last three years when the Blowfish left to go to Lexington.

Columbia Councilman Howard Duvall says the store, Kroger, that was originally supposed to be built there has since pulled out of the project since the company decided to not build any more stores. Now people are asking what could be coming next to the property.

"I think that they would be looking for something more like a village concept that will have both retail and housing in it. We're also looking from the city's point of view to get a donation of land for a new fire department," said Duvall.

One concern folks may have with building on the baseball diamond is the area's problem with flooding along the Rocky Branch Greenway.

Streets along the creek, like Whaley Street, tend to flood more quickly and often when rain pours on downtown Columbia.

Councilman Duvall says the city is looking into the issue.

"We are embarking on a $93 million storm water project for the City of Columbia in the next three years and certainly we'll be looking at that," said Duvall.

Folks will have the opportunity this Thursday, July 13th, to go to 701 Whaley Street from 12:30 to 2 in the afternoon to voice their opinions on how they can improve the Rocky Branch area.

While the proposal is still being discussed, Duvall hopes this new plan knocks one out of the park.

"I hope that the community around here buys into whatever the final proposal is for this area. This is an important part of the City of Columbia. We need to make sure that it's developed properly," said Duvall.

City council plans on holding a meeting about the project in August when they discuss a contract extension with developer Bright-Meyers.

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