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Large apartment project plan for Columbia's Main Street wins approval

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A Virginia developer plans to build 250 apartments on the site of Columbia's former Jim Moore Cadillac dealership along the Capital City's North Main corridor. City of Columbia/Provided

COLUMBIA — A new set of high-end apartments at the north edge of downtown received key approval Sept. 13 from the Columbia Planning Commission.

Combined with last week's approval from the city's Design/Development Review project, the project by Virginia-based Commonwealth Properties to build about 250 apartments at 2222 Main St. is set to go forward.

For decades, the site near Elmwood Avenue was home to the Jim Moore Cadillac dealership.

The apartment complex will consist of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, according to the submitted architectural drawings.

This includes several so-called “live/work” units that allow tenants to work from home more conveniently. Rental rates for these units are not yet known.

The tenants are expected to be a mix of empty nesters who want to live downtown and young professionals, according to Steve Middleton of Commonwealth. 

Students are not the target audience for the project, he said.

"This is purely luxury housing," Middleton said.

The company has previously developed three projects in Columbia, including the Vista Commons development just off Gervais Street.

Within the Main Street, development, plans call for a pool, fitness center, a bike shop, a pet spa, and coworking space in the three-story, 331,000-square-foot building, as well as a 360-car parking garage and rooftop access.

Commonwealth still is working with the S.C. Transportation Department to come to an agreement on traffic flow for the new complex. The agency has requested that the site only have one direct connection to Main Street, he said. 

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