Mar
06

Is Columbia Becoming an 18-Hour District?

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Skyline of downtown Columbia, South Carolina from above Jarvis Kaplan Blvd.

Skyline of downtown Columbia, South Carolina from above Jarvis Kaplan Blvd.

Columbia’s Main Street is becoming an “18-hour district” because of the growing number of dining, entertainment, cultural and residential opportunities, according to a report released Friday by Colliers International.

“A resurgence in the downtown area as a place to live, work and play is creating a vibrant, eclectic Main Street,” the report said. “Higher residential density, new anchors and the expansion of entertainment and cultural venues are all drivers increasing interest in urban retail to serve the area. In turn, this has inspired a wave” of retail redevelopment.

Here are highlights from the report:

Residential Growth

A “recent boom” in the number of residents downtown has been driven by new housing complexes for students and young professionals. Millennials and young professionals are moving from the suburbs to downtown, the report said, “where they can live, work and play near their home.”

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