Vista Fire Station Redevelopment Plans Underway


vista stationThe historic Columbia fire station in the Vista, which was once considered the most advanced fire station in the country when it opened in 1952, is getting a new chance at life, thanks to a new potential owner who has already launched the redevelopment of the property and a campaign to lease it.

The Columbia Central Fire Station was built between 1949 and 1951 and served as the Columbia Fire Department’s Headquarters from 1950 until 1995. In 2009, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Located in the heart of the Vista, the fire station is located close to the State Capitol and the University of South Carolina, and sits on a very prominent corner in an area which has seen recent additions such as Urban Outfitters, Hickory Tavern and Grill Marks.

Wheeler Development has already begun pre-construction and design work relating to the redevelopment of the property, with a goal of breathing new life into the building while maintaining its historic character. Current plans include renovation to first and second floors and adding a rooftop area. At the same time, Wheeler has partnered with Colliers International’s JP Scurry, CCIM and Scottie Smith to launch a leasing campaign to find restaurant, retail and office users to lease the property.


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