Columbia’s Rutledge Building could be converted into apartments

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The City of Columbia Planning Commission meets Thursday, June 9 to discuss proposed developments and annexation requests

COLUMBIA, SC – The City of Columbia Planning Commission is scheduled to meet Thursday, June 9 in the Council Chambers of City Hall with several key developments on the table, including a new use for the current Department of Education.

On the posted agenda are annexation applications and site plan reviews for properties – some of which would eventually become residential properties if approved and progress through the review and permitting process.

One agenda item is interesting because the site plans submitted would convert the Rutledge Building at 1429 Senate Street — the current residence of the SC Education Department (SCDoE) – in a mixed-use space with approximately 13,650 square feet of retail space, with space for a bar/lounge and 119 one-bedroom apartments.

The 16-story building – which is listed on the National Historic Register – has housed the SCDoE since its completion in 1964. The Department of Education occupies all 16 floors. Speaking to the SCDoE, Ryan Brown, director of communications for the Department, said: “The building has been for sale for several years and funding has been appropriated by the General Assembly to move the agency to a new building at State Farmers Market which has not yet been built but the design is in progress. Asked about the draft agenda item of the Planning Commission, Brown replied that the agency was not aware of the agenda item. The Department of SC Administration oversees the sale of the Rutledge building as he is the custodian of all state facilities.

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A request for annexation has been filed for approximately 80 acres of undeveloped land at 4600 Percival Rd. in northeastern Richland County. A site plan review for this property across from Fort Jackson National Cemetery was submitted and adopted by the Planning Commission in July 2021. The plans included 298 single-family homes, along with preserved wetlands and open spaces, in a community called Colonels Creek.

Sitemap notices have been submitted for:

  • 13.4 acres bounded by Trinity Drive, Patterson and Caroline roads that would be developed into a community of 91 duplexes (182 units) named Trinity Townhomes. Currently, the wooded area consisting of three lots is being considered for annexation to the City and rezoned to allow for residential construction.

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  • 12.59 acres at 2800 Shop Road Extension to be developed as a 130,000 square foot warehouse. The property is being considered for annexation to the county town of Richland
  • Covering 38.2 acres along the new Ranger Point Court, this property is bounded by Sparkman Drive and Harlem Street, across from the back of Bible Way Church of Atlas Drive. The developer wants to build two warehouses (one approximately 106,000 square feet and the other 92,000 square feet) as part of the Shop Grove Industrial Park. Access would be off of Sparkman Drive on the new Ranger Point Court road
  • 583 Spears Creek Church Rd. Developer is seeking permission to build a Taco Bell as part of the planned Woodcreek Farms development.

The Planning Commission meeting is open to the public and will be streamed on Youtube channel.

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