COLUMBIA, S.C. — A subcommittee of Columbia's Design/Development Review Commission (DDRC) will meet will meet next week to talk about a proposed a high-rise student housing development near downtown Columbia.

The group will meet between 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, to discuss outstanding concerns with the design proposal for a 15-story student housing project planned for the property at the corner of Assembly and Washington streets.

Developer Andrew Savoy, of the Clayco Realty Group, has requested a Certificate of Design Approval and Site Plan Approval for new construction in the City Center Design/Development District.

While the meeting will be open to the public, this meeting will not be a forum for public comments. The DDRC will not take any action, but will provide guidance to the applicant in advance of the public hearing on March 12.

According to paperwork filed with the DDRC, the proposed new construction will be a 15-story private student dormitory with structured parking. The building will have 216 units, with a total of 679 bedrooms, and will include 405 on-site parking spaces.

The location is next door to Richland Library Main branch. An artist's rendering of the building shows how the two buildings would appear next to each other. 

The Edge
The Edge, center, a 15-story student housing project, as it would appear next to Richland Library Main on Assembly Street.

The new build would be surrounded by mostly 2-4 story buildings and although the proposed height is deemed acceptable for City Center, there is some concern about the building's scale relative to existing structures.

DDRC has noted concerns about increased pedestrian traffic at the corner of Washington and Assembly with an influx of of nearly 700 students and the building's current design that would narrow the sidewalk down to about six feet for a trash pick-up lane on Assembly.