Feb
12

City of Columbia Seeks ULI Input

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A national panel of experts in planning and executing development efforts is in Columbia to try to break through longstanding, competing interests in the city center that hold back well-intentioned studies that have gathered dust.

Nine volunteers from as far away as California, Colorado and Washington, D.C., are joining two South Carolinians as part of an Urban Land Institute panel, said Fred Delk, director of one of Columbia’s development groups.

The goal is to devise a plan that makes Columbia’s city center more accessible and vibrant, including making it more pedestrian friendly.

This panel is sponsored by business organizations that often compete for the dollars that accompany growth, Delk, of the Columbia Development Corp., said Monday. None of the $60,000 to defray the panel’s travel expenses comes from city funds, he said.

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