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Video: Why Preserve Historic Buildings at BullStreet?

Why preserve historic buildings when you’re starting from scratch to build an entirely new downtown neighborhood? Because history is cool.

Get a bit of behind-the-scenes info on the process of giving new life to multiple historic buildings in the BullStreet Neighborhood, including the Babcock Building, the Ensor Building, the Parker Annex building, and the Bakery at BullStreet.

This video features interviews with the following:

Robert Hughes – President, Hughes Development Corporation
John Sherrer – Director of Cultural Resources, Historic Columbia
Steve Benjamin – Mayor of Columbia, SC
Chandler Thompson – Project Manager, Hughes Development Corporation
Chef Scott Hall – Bone-In Barbeque Restaurant

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 and the Columbia Fireflies Minor League Baseball team. The stadium is open to the public as a free, public park daily from 7am until dark when there are not games or events; visitors enjoy a marked, 1/3 mile walking track and can run the stairs or bring lunch to eat in the stands or on the concourse.

Adjacent to the ballpark and built to physically connect to its concourse, the First Base Building is the largest private office building constructed in Columbia, S.C. since 2009. It is home to Ogletree Deakins law firm, TCube Solutions software company and Founders Federal Credit Union.

Chef Scott Hall’s Bone-In Barbeque restaurant opens in the historic Ensor Building in Fall 2017. The 196-unit Merrill Gardens senior living community and 28 residential townhomes at TownPark at BullStreet are both under construction, adjacent to the renovated historic Parker Annex office building, which is ready for its new tenant TBA.

The award-winning historic Bakery at BullStreet building is home to the SOCO cowork and event space, the Central Energy Facility is the future home of Downtown Church, and plans are underway for a new USC Health Sciences campus.

The BullStreet Neighborhood 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.

The BullStreet Neighborhood is located one mile from the S.C. State House and is bordered by Bull Street, Calhoun Street, Harden Street and Colonial Drive.

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Brand film videography, production and editing by Cinema Couture Films, Columbia, South Carolina.