AllSouth Federal Credit Union is seeking the city of Columbia’s site plan approval to build a 60,000-square-foot headquarters and operations center on Elmwood Avenue. (Image/Public documents)
Published June 12, 2012
AllSouth Federal Credit Union is seeking the city of Columbia’s site plan approval to build a 60,000-square-foot headquarters and operations center in the block bounded by Elmwood Avenue, and Gadsden, Wayne and Calhoun streets.
The request is on the agenda of the city of Columbia’s Design/Development Review Commission for its 4 p.m. meeting Thursday in City Hall.
The credit union’s architect, LS3P, describes the three-story building as a way to “introduce the gateway to downtown Columbia from I-126.”
LCK Construction Services of Columbia is the project manager, according to public documents.
“The building is designed to respond to the adjacent historic neighborhoods in which it will be located, while reflecting the corporate image of AllSouth,” the architecture firm states in its proposal submitted with the application.
AllSouth Vice President for Marketing Audrey Brown said it’s early in the process, and details such as the cost of the project are not yet available. Brown said it’s possible some jobs will be relocated from other locations, and some new jobs may be created. But she cautioned that those details also have not been decided.
According to its website, AllSouth Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative, owned and operated by its members, which begun in 1960 as Fort Jackson Federal Credit Union. Today, AllSouth Federal Credit Union serves more than 95,000 members worldwide and has grown to more than $635 million in assets, according to its website.
The new location, formerly occupied by Noland Plumbing Supply, will comprise a small branch office, a small drive-thru window and surface parking, in addition to the credit union’s headquarters and operations center.
AllSouth purchased most of the city block in 2010 for around $1.64 million, according to Richland County records.