Bull Street Commission Sees Progress, Urges Patience


bullstreetMost members of the Bull Street Commission, a seven-member board appointed by Columbia City Council, said Monday that they are satisfied with progress at the former State Hospital despite raised expectations of a sprawling retail complex that so far have not materialized.

“I still feel the project is coming along at a reasonable pace,” said member Rebecca Haynes, a former president of the Earlewood Community Citizens Organization. “I think it’s way too early in a 20-year project for anyone to start throwing stones.”

But one member, Ellen Cooper, president of the Coalition of Downtown Neighborhoods, said she thinks the project is moving too slowly.

“I’ve been disappointed that more has not happened over there,” said Cooper, a new commission member who lives in nearby Cottontown. “They are doing a good job, but it seems like it’s moving so slowly.”


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