Connectivity a Goal of Columbia Developers


vibrant columbia2As Columbia’s historic communities and neighborhoods continue to attract redevelopment, industry leaders think that growth could serve as connective tissue linking the region’s economy.

A four-person panel of developers, architects and real estate professionals talked about the area’s challenging tax structure and the attributes that separate Midlands markets from competitors such as Charleston and Greenville during the Columbia Regional Business Report’s Power Breakfast event on Thursday.

One area seeing steady growth is Cottontown, a section of downtown across Elmwood Avenue where new shops pop up regularly along North Main Street and its arteries. One of the businesses the area attracted is architecture firm Studio 2LR, which relocated to a building built in 1938 at the corner of North Main and Confederate Avenue in 2016 after 10 years in the Vista.

“It’s perfect for what we want to do,” Lyles said. “The attractiveness is the neighborhoods, the costs, and there are some really cool buildings. There’s a lot of good things going on out there.”



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