Student Housing Approved for Former SCANA Space



A student housing project planned for Main Street cleared a major hurdle Tuesday when Columbia’s zoning appeals board gave the green light for a Chicago company to convert the former SCANA building.

The board approved the $80 million proposal by Core Campus LLC to house 850 young tenants in the Palmetto Center after the city and the company presented a plan to make the adjacent city garage where the students will park safer by adding security guards, extra lighting and cameras.

At 21 stories, the building is one of the city’s landmark high rises, but it has remained vacant since the energy giant and its 900 employees left in 2009 for a new headquarters complex in Cayce.


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