About BullStreet

Reimagining the New Urban South

A New District is Born

Anchored in the center of the new urban South, BullStreet is a 20-year transformation of one of the largest tracts of undeveloped urban land on the East Coast into a vibrant new district in downtown Columbia, S.C. BullStreet is redefining redevelopment with walkable streets and a mix of residential, retail, restaurant and recreational uses -- one mile from the S.C. State House, the University of South Carolina and the city's bustling lifestyle districts.
It’s a community where tech-driven entrepreneurs, fortune 500 companies, culinary artists and more come together to work, play, and create alongside one of the nation’s most buzzworthy Minor League Baseball teams – where a long-forgotten creek is unearthed to feed a brand new field of dreams, and dinner, drinks and the twinkle of Fireflies are just around the corner.

Leading an Urban Renaissance

When the State of South Carolina decided to sell BullStreet, they wanted someone to serve as the master developer and purchase the entire S.C. Dept. of Mental Health campus. The State 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 when 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.

BullStreet By The Numbers

Unique Features:

  • 181 acres - The largest urban revitalization project in a downtown city east of the Mississippi
  • 275,000 square feet - The number of total square feet of historic buildings preserved under the Master Plan. One of the most significant historic preservation projects in modern Columbia’s history.
  • 20X - The increase in internet speed tenants, residents and visitors will experience at South Carolina’s 1st urban gigabit community.
  • 2,000 feet - The length of the Smith Branch Creek to be daylighted and incorporated into the City’s newest 20-acre urban green space.
  • 24/7 - Availability of Spirit Communications Park for public access and use. The nation’s only public park inside a minor league baseball stadium.

HERE TODAY
HERE TODAY

Progress and Milestones

  • December 2010 – Hughes Development contracts with DMH to purchase 165 acres
  • October 2012 – BullStreet Neighborhood Form-Based Code approved
  • July 2013 – Development Agreement with City of Columbia executed
  • June 2014 – Multi-Use Venue Development Agreement executed
  • January 2015 - Construction starts on Spirit Communications Park, the First Base Building and first phase of infrastructure
  • March 2015 – Hughes Development adds 16 formerly unavailable acres to DMH purchase contract
  • April 2016 – Spirit Communications Park opens (9,077 seat multi-use venue. 2016 Ballpark of the Year) and First Base Building opens (115,000sf office/retail building)
  • September 2016 – The Bakery at BullStreet opens (4,400sf creative office building)
  • December 2016 – The University of South Carolina announces the new campus of the School of Medicine at BullStreet
  • February 2017 – DOWNTOWN CHURCH announces renovation of the Central Energy Facility
  • April 2017 – TownPark at BullStreet announces first residential opportunity at BullStreet
  • May 2017 – Merrill Gardens and Second 50 Communities announce a senior living opportunity at BullStreet
  • July 2017 – SC Department of Natural Resources opens Archeology Center in Parker Annex
  • December 2017 – Capgemini announces their grand opening in the First Base Building
  • December 2017 – Construction begins on the new 20-acre BullStreet park
  • March 2018 - Bone-In Barbecue to open in the Ensor Building

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