Plans for another student housing complex for downtown Columbia are coming closer to realization.
Developers have requested site plan approval for construction of a 99-unit private dormitory and a 27-unit multifamily development to be located at 1328 and 1400 Huger Street, near the SC State Museum. The 4.45-acre Vista site was once the home of the Richland County jail. More recently it was the County’s Walter S Jones Sr Magistrate’s Court.
The plans were originally presented to Columbia’s Design/Development Review Commission (DDRC) in September and Thursday’s meeting was the second formal review.
Since September, representatives from 908 Group developers have been addressing concerns raised by existing residents in the Arsenal Hill and Vista neighborhoods about the design, height and placement of some buildings and a parking garage on the site.
The private dormitory would contain a mix of 3-, 4-, and 5-bedroom units for a total of 405 bedrooms in a four-story building and parking garage.
The six-building townhome style development will feature 81 bedrooms spread across 3-bedroom single-family units.
The adjusted design would lower the height of the buildings along Pulaski Street, nestle the parking garage between dormitory buildings, and add sidewalks and lighting along Pulaski Street from Huger to Lady and along the north side of the property.
The DDRC approved the site plan and design adjustments.