Student Housing on Columbia’s Main Street?


The 21-story Palmetto Center could be the newest home for USC students. A Chicago company is proposing private dorms for the building, which has remained empty on Main Street since SCANA Corp. moved its 900 employees to Cayce in 2009.

Core Campus, a limited liability corporation from Chicago, has applied for a zoning change from the city of Columbia for the building at 1426 Main St. The variance would allow the company to convert the building into student apartments at a density of more than 150 people per acre, to include about 700 parking spaces in an adjacent garage, according to the zoning request.

Billy Way of Grubb & Ellis/Wilson Kibler, the broker for the building, declined comment. Efforts to reach an official of Core Campus were not immediately successful Monday.


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