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 offer high-quality entertainment like Fireflies baseball games and concerts, comfortable residences, public art, an engaging mix of local and national shops and restaurants, and more. BullStreet is becoming 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 (which connects to I-26) and 277 (which connects to I-77).

Year Established: December 2008

Groundbreaking: April 2014

Completion Date: April 2034

Size: 181 acres

Physical Address: 1640 Freed Drive, Columbia, SC 29201

Email:  info@bullstreetsc.com

Phone Number: 844-285-5787

Website: www.bullstreetsc.com

Facebook:     http://:www.facebook.com/BullStreetSC

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About the BullStreet District

The BullStreet Neighborhood 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, S.C. The state’s first urban gigabit community, BullStreet is home to Spirit Communications Park, where the Columbia Fireflies Minor League Baseball team has hosted more than 565,000 guests since launching in April 2016. Connected to the ballpark, the First Base Building is the largest private office building constructed in Columbia, S.C. since 2009 and is home to Ogletree Deakins law firm, TCube Solutions software company and Founders Federal Credit Union. Bone-In Barbeque restaurant opens in the historic Ensor Building in Winter 2017-18, and work is underway on the 196-unit Merrill Gardens senior living community while 28 residential townhomes at TownPark at BullStreet are under construction, adjacent to the renovated historic Parker Annex office building. The award-winning historic Bakery at BullStreet building is home to the SOCO cowork and event space, the hub of the BullStreet Technology Village. The Central Energy Facility is the future home of Downtown Church, and plans are underway for a new USC Health Sciences campus. A 20-acre public park with a dog park, trails, and pond will restore 2,000 feet of natural habitat along Smith Branch Creek, helping to mitigate flooding downstream. 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. Follow @BullStreetSC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and learn more at http://www.bullstreetsc.com.

BullStreet by the Numbers, Fall 2017

3.5 years into development of a 20-year project (less than 15% of timeline)

181 acres total

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 (1000 Mbps internet speed, 100 times faster than national average of 10 Mbps)

20+ acres under construction for new public park

2,000 feet of Smith Branch Creek to be daylighted through new public park, helping to mitigate stormwater impact downstream

200+ new employees on BullStreet when TCube Solutions opens later this year

634,552 attendees at Spirit Communications Park since April 2016 (576,168 total for baseball games [261,134 fans in 2016; 315,034 fans in 2017], plus 58,384 guests for special events)

190 special events at Spirit Communications Park in first two seasons

2+ miles of new roadways completed, all with new underground utilities

Spirit Communications Park plaza

Spirit Communications Park entrance plaza, photo by W. Burton Fowles

Fast Facts 

BullStreet, or The BullStreet Neighborhood: This is the overall, 181-acre 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.

The Bakery at BullStreet - Image by W. Burton Fowles

The Bakery at BullStreet, photo by W. Burton Fowles

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 or performing renovations or new construction in-house.

New Urbanism at BullStreet: Hughes Development Corporation 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.

Buildings, Tenants and Happenings in the BullStreet Neighborhood

Buildings and project in current use or under development include the award-winning Spirit Communications Park (home of the Columbia Fireflies MiLB team), The First Base Building (home of Ogletree Deakins law firm, TCube Solutions, Founders Credit Union), The Bakery (home of SOCO), 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 Winter 2017-18), 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.

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.

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.
First Base Building Facing Ballpark

The First Base Building and ballpark concourse, photo courtesy of The BullStreet Neighborhood


TownPark at BullStreet 28-townhome community

  • New construction in progress by the TerraNova Group with sales by The Moore Company
  • 2- and 3-bedroom townhomes with roof decks, garages and a private courtyard

Merrill Gardens senior living community

  • New construction in progress, a joint venture by Second Fifty Communities, Pillar Properties and Merrill Gardens
  • 196-unit active senior living facility with rooftop deck and sports bar, 24-hour dining, staffing and scheduled transportation.

The Ensor Building at BullStreet

  • Historic renovation by Hughes Development Corporation, Buchanan Construction Services and Studio 2LR Architecture
  • Future home to Chef Scott Hall’s Bone-In Barbeque restaurant, the premier barbeque and Southern eclectic dining experience in Columbia, S.C.
  • Future home to office tenant (TBA)

The Parker Annex office building

  • Historic renovation completed by Columbia, S.C. development firm, Diversified Development
  • Office tenant to be announced

The Bakery at BullStreet building      

  • Historic renovation by Hughes Development Corporation, Buchanan Construction Services and 1×1 Design
  • Current home to SOCO cowork, creator space and event venue
  • Winner of Historic Columbia 2017 Preservation Award
  • The hub of the growing BullStreet Technology Village
  • Community events at SOCO

The Central Energy Facility

  • Historic renovation (upcoming)
  • Future home of Downtown Church, whose temporary home has long been 701 Whaley

The Babcock Building

  • Planned to become 200+ residences, each with a different floor plan
  • Historic renovation (upcoming) by Clachan Properties

USC Health Sciences campus

  • Planned 16-acre campus to house new medical school and research center, as well as other ancillary uses

2 miles of new roadways and infrastructure with all-new water, sewer, power, gas and internet under the roads

  • New roads for jogging, walking your dog, cycling

Future 20-acre public park w/pond will daylight the now-piped Smith Branch creek, improving floodwater management in the area

  • Public park will be managed and owned by the City of Columbia
  • Dog park, walking trails and pond will be part of the layout
  • 2,000 feet of Smith Branch Creek will be daylighted and brought back up to the surface from underground culverts to be restored as a natural creek, helping to mitigate flood impact downstream during storm events

Historic buildings proposed to be saved

  • Babcock Building, Babcock Building men’s dining hall, Babcock Building women’s dining hall, Ensor Building (in progress), Bakery Building (done), Chapel, Central Energy Facility (in progress), Parker Annex (done), Williams Building central section


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