Work on Palmetto Compress Warehouse Continues


Palmetto CompressThe trinkets and keepsakes deep inside the confines of the historic Palmetto Compress Warehouse are steadily being removed, a new mixed-use apartment complex anxious to take their place.

“There’s computer monitors, there’s an old piano,” said David Sickinger of Garvin Design Group. “I don’t know what they did with that, because I’d love to have it. It still works.”

Much like that piano, the old cotton warehouse is still in working shape, ready to play its next song. And after being saved from the wrecker’s ball just two years ago, plans are moving ahead to restore and redevelop the property.

Columbia’s Design/Development Review Commission gave the project unanimous approval Thursday afternoon, signaling the next step in the facility’s revival. Sickinger said interior demolition will continue for the next month, and his group plans on submitting its permanent drawings to the city by the end of April.
“Once we get that,” Sickinger said, “instead of demoing we’ll be building back.”


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