Apartments, a hotel, shops and office space are all coming to the property that sits just beside the State Museum and across from Publix.

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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.

Homes Urban, a Greenville-based developer, announced Tuesday they bought the property that the old Kline Iron and Steel Company sat on for 80 years at the corner of Gervais and Huger Street.

Kline closed operation in 2004, and since then, the site's been unused, representing one of the largest and most attractive potential development sites in the city of Columbia.

Now, though, Homes Urban intends to capitalize on that promise, with a plan to build 280 apartments, a 680 space parking garage, office and retail space, and a hotel at the site. The development company also wants to include public access to the State Museum and the Edventure Children's Museum.

"We are really excited to have the opportunity to develop this property," said Russ Davis, a partner with Homes Urban. "The combination of the site's access to places of work, the Riverfront Park/Three Rivers Greenway as well as the restaurant and entertainment venues in the Vista is unparalleled."

"We are excited to have Homes Urban as our partner on this project," said Jerry Kline, former President of Kline. "The property has been in our family for 91 years and we know that it is being entrusted to the right people who will do great things for the surrounding community."

Construction on the project is expected to begin early next year.

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