Vista Fire Station Foreclosure Drags On


The foreclosure of an old fire station in the Vista has been held up in court for more than two years because a local developer says city officials and the city’s Columbia Development Corporation prevented him from developing the property.

And in the coming weeks, a judge will decide whether the developer can force several prominent city officials to give testimony: Mayor Steve Benjamin, former City Councilwoman Belinda Gergel and City Attorney Ken Gaines.

Developer Tom Prioreschi has been one of the main forces behind downtown Columbia’s revitalization — and thus a close ally of the City of Columbia. Over the last decade and a half, he bought up several Main Street properties, using historic tax credits to restore and build out the Tapp’s building, Berry’s on Main, the Kress building, the Barringer building and the Lofts at Lourie’s. His company Capitol Places manages more than 150 apartments downtown.


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