Hotel Planned for Babcock Building on Bull Street


One thing you notice right away about Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive, is what it’s made of. The bricks that give the field it’s look don’t just look old, they are old.

The stadium was created with a half million of them, salvaged from mill buildings as the textile industry once so dominant in this region gave way to a more diverse economy.

Saving pieces of the past is also part of the plan to recast Columbia’s Bull Street property. Maybe the most important historical component is the mammoth Babcock building on the southwestern corner of the campus. With origins predating the Civil War, Babcock has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1981. But finding a new use for it has been a tough problem for Bull Street developer Bob Hughes.

However, that problem has now been solved.

“We’ve got the Babcock building under contract to a great hotel developer with extensive experience in renovating older buildings into hotels,” said Hughes.


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