WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — Construction has started on the development of a new series of homes along West Columbia's River District. 

On Monday, Developer Spring Street Partners that work on St. Ann's Alley, an in-town community of 34 single-family homes in the West Columbia River District, is now underway. 

St. Ann's Alley is surrounded by Center, Spring, Herman and Augusta Streets. The new community takes its name from the St.Ann's Rescue Mission, a home for boys that sat in the area during the late 1800's.

All homes are two or three bedrooms and two and a half baths, ranging in sizes from around 1,100 square feet to just over 1,600 square feet. Each house will have its own yard and two parking spaces. Allison Ramsey of  Architects of Beaufort  designed four basic models with varying interior layout and color schemes.

The company says each house is uniquely designed by plan and color for each lot to ensure what they call the character of the neighborhood. Each home features 9-foot ceilings, fiber cement sliding exteriors, and extensive trim and quality finishes.

Architect Cooter Ramsey said that St. Ann's Alley's designs draw inspiration from the existing architecture of West Columbia. “Since this is an urban infill project within an existing historic neighborhood we wanted to fit in, but also improve upon what’s there. We incorporated some of the local details, colors, and materials used by some of the historic neighboring buildings.”

The community is being built in stages and the first seven houses are expected to be ready for homeowners to move in by early summer. Prices for the initial homes range from $232,950.00 to $249,000.00. Marketing and presale for St. Ann's Alley is being handled exclusively by the Wheeler & Wheeler Real Estate team licensed with Coldwell Banker.

Developer of Spring Street Partners says that he thinks this is a unique environment. “To the best of our knowledge, it is the only new, single-family detached housing that is within walking distance of the restaurants and other attractions of the vibrant West Columbia River District and the Statehouse,” Taylor said. The neighborhood features a park, landscaping, ample parking and walkways.

Mungo Construction, Irmo, is the builder for St. Ann's Alley, and Civil Engineering of Columbia is handling the site work.

West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles said in statement that these homes will be great in the city and that he is also excited for the commercial use that it will bring to Center Street.