February 21, 2015

Bull Street: The center of a new downtown

For nearly 200 years, the state asylum on Bull Street was the centerpiece of care for the mentally ill in South Carolina. Now, in what is considered the biggest and most important land deal in modern Columbia history, the 165-acre campus is to be transformed into what boosters claim will be an economic behemoth.

It is a billed as a job creator of the first degree, equivalent to Boeing or BMW, with thousands of homes, stores and offices adding a new heart to the city center, alive with people living, working and playing.

Already, a new $37 million baseball stadium is rising from the site's center. And developers are promising dozens of new stores and hundreds of homes.

But, if successful, Columbia Common, as it is called, also will be the centerpiece of a new downtown affecting the diverse neighborhoods around it, transforming them as well.

Will it be everything everyone hopes?

Columbia, meet your new neighbor.
Read about what Bull Street neighbors hope to see at the Columbia Common site here at The State.

Upstate developer Bob Hughes, is acting as master developer of Columbia Common. The State sat down with Hughes and asked him questions about the development. Read Hughes' responses here at The State.

Hughes has also promised to save and restore various historical buildings in the area of the new development. Read more about Hughes' promise here at The State.

Learn more about the people bringing this project to life here at The State.

Take a tour of the construction grounds here at The State.

For more information on how this Bull Street project has gotten to this point, view a timeline of the progression here at The State.