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West Columbia Likely To Double In 15 Years Keeping Pace with County Growth

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July 14, 2008

By CLIF Leblanc – The State

The city that is Lexington County’s anchor for U.S. 378 is stretching itself to keep pace with the county seat, whose growth has exploded in the past 20 years.

West Columbia sees its future westward, toward Interstate 20, where it eventually will meet the ballooning borders of the town of Lexington — and possibly double in size in the next 15 years.

West Columbia government and business leaders also are capitalizing on the city’s other assets — especially its proximity to downtown Columbia and, therefore, cheaper commutes when gasoline is exceeding $4 a gallon.

“We’re trying to redevelop older parts of the city as well as take advantage of the river,” Mayor Bobby Horton said.

The Meeting Street retail corridor that begins at the Congaree River — just across the water from Columbia — has undergone a makeover in the past three years. City leaders are talking about getting tough on property owners who let their older homes and businesses become eyesores.

Yet the clearest sign of West Columbia’s future is its burgeoning city limits.

In the past 10 years, the city has aggressively annexed about 365 acres along U.S. 378 as far west as the Quail Ridge subdivision near I-20, the city’s economic development director said.

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