FACT SHEET: The BullStreet Neighborhood
BullStreet is a 20-year, 181-acre project to transform the historic S.C. State Hospital site into a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood district in downtown Columbia, SC. Hughes Development Corporation is serving as the project’s master developer, working with the Midlands community to build a one-of-a-kind new neighborhood – a city within a city.
At completion, the project expects to be full of an engaging mix of local and national shops and restaurants, high-quality entertainment like Fireflies baseball games and concerts, comfortable residences, public art and more – a destination neighborhood that reflects the authenticity of the Midlands – and a place that builds municipal and county revenue and contributes significantly to livability in the region.
Name: The BullStreet Neighborhood, a.k.a. BullStreet
Location: Downtown Columbia, S.C.
Area: BullStreet’s front door is at the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Bull Street, one mile from USC and the S.C. Capitol Building, near 126 and 277.
Year Established: December 2008
Groundbreaking: April 2014
Completion Date: April 2034
Size: 181 acres
Physical Address: 1640 Freed Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number: 844-285-5787
BullStreet by the Numbers, Spring 2017
3 years into development of a 20-year project (less than 15% of timeline)
More than 105 acres under development, sold or under contract (60% of the site)
16 acres added to the site for additional development (up to 181 acres from 165)
9 buildings to be preserved (up from 5 originally committed, with hopes of preserving 10)
1st urban gigabit community in South Carolina
20+ acres under construction for new public park
300+ new employees on BullStreet when TCube Solutions opens later this year
112 events at Spirit Communications Park during first 10 months of operation
300,000+ attendees of Spirit Communications Park in its first year, 100,000+ thus far in its 2nd year
$35M+ of private funds invested
2+ miles of new roadways completed, all with new underground utilities
BullStreet, or The BullStreet Neighborhood: This is the overall, 181-acre development.
The Commons at BullStreet: This is one section of the overall BullStreet development, where the project’s retail development partner, Hughes Commercial Properties, is planning a 31-acre mixed-use residential, retail and hospitality development, which is often referred to as the “retail development.”
The BullStreet Technology Village: This is a section of The BullStreet Neighborhood, located around Babcock and the Bakery, which will house high-tech and/or innovative companies, all working with gigabit internet speeds thanks to Spirit Communications. BullStreet is S.C.’s first urban gigabit community.
Hughes Development Corporation: Master developer of BullStreet. When the State of South Carolina decided to sell BullStreet, they wanted someone to serve as the master developer and purchase the entire Dept. of Mental Health campus. They received a lot of interest for different parcels within the site, but only one offer for the entire parcel, from Hughes Development Corporation (HDC). In December 2010, HDC entered into a contract with DMH to purchase the entire parcel over a 7-year period (this was extended to 8 years the 16-acre Hall Institute parcel was added to the 165-acre development plan in 2015 to increase it to a 181-acre plan). As master developer, HDC is charged with setting the vision for the entire site and seeing it through to fruition, either working with other developers with deep domain expertise or performing renovations or new construction in-house.
Spirit Communications Park: Hughes Development Corporation donated the land for the stadium and its entrance plaza to the City of Columbia as part of a partnership to get BullStreet off the ground. Spirit Communications Park, owned by the City of Columbia, is leased and managed by Hardball Capital and is home to the Columbia Fireflies Minor League Baseball team. In its first year, the stadium was awarded Ballpark of the Year by Ballpark Digest magazine, welcomed more than 300,000 visitors to the site and has exceeded all expectations. The Fireflies lease guarantees that Minor League Baseball will be played in Columbia for the next 30 years in a world-class stadium.
The ballpark, whose concourse is a 1/3 mile walking/running loop, is actually open to the public daily from 7am until dark unless there are ticketed events or baseball games, in which case the park closes 3-4 hours beforehand.
Another 20 acres of land have been set aside for development of a new city park, which is planned to feature walking trails, public art and a dog park. The city will own and manage the park, just as it owns all of the public improvements throughout BullStreet.
Buildings and Tenants: Award-winning Spirit Communications Park (Columbia Fireflies MiLB team), The First Base Building (Ogletree Deakins law firm, TCube Solutions, Founders Credit Union), The Bakery (SOCO, The Iron Yard), Parker Annex (TBD), Ensor Building (Chef Scott Hall’s ultra-casual Bone-In Barbeque restaurant, with an outdoor patio adjacent to the stadium, a sizable bar and cocktail program, craft beers, housemade charcuterie and more, opening Fall 2017), the planned USC Health Sciences complex, planned renovation of Central Energy Facility for new home of Downtown Church, and the planned two- and three-bedroom TownPark at BullStreet townhomes.
First Base Building: With 108,541 square feet of Class A office space and retail space, the 5-story First Base Building at BullStreet is the largest private office building built in Columbia, S.C., since 2009.
About the BullStreet District
Located within blocks of Columbia, S.C.’s vibrant downtown neighborhoods, the BullStreet district is a 181-acre, mixed-use redevelopment of the former South Carolina State Hospital campus, set for completion on a 20-year timeline with an anticipated $1.2 billion annual economic impact. Master developer Hughes Development Corporation of Greenville, S.C., is using a new urbanist, form-based code, working closely with other developers who possess deep domain expertise to create a city-within-a-city, filled with spaces that maintain the integrity of the historic district; mix commercial and residential uses; create a walkable and bicycle-friendly place; provide parks and open space; maximize economic impact and increase the City’s tax base; and connect to the Midlands community. S.C.’s first urban gigabit community, BullStreet is home to Spirit Communications Park (awarded 2016 Ballpark of the Year by BallPark Digest), the First Base Building office/retail complex, the Ensor Building at Bullstreet, the Parker Annex office building and the Bakery at BullStreet building in the growing BullStreet Technology Village. BullStreet contains 125,000+ square feet of commercial/office and retail space and is zoned for up to 3.3 million square feet of commercial use and 3,553 residential units. For more information, visit http://www.bullstreetsc.com.