Published Sept. 6, 2013
The Columbia Development Corp. has posted a request for proposals from developers interested in buying the Palmetto Compress Warehouse in the downtown Vista neighborhood.
Interested parties should submit proposals for adaptive re-use of the century-old, 320,000-square-foot structure at Blossom and Pulaski streets by Sept. 18.
The corporation said it wants proposals that both “respect and protect the historic nature” of the building, which its previous owners considered razing to clear way for an 800-bed student dormitory.
In March, the city stepped in to buy the structure for $5.6 million and spare it from destruction.
According to a document on the agency’s website, the building’s footprint totals 80,000 square feet. It’s constructed of wooden beams and pillars and has brick walls and a brick exterior. The floors are unfinished wood or concrete. The nearly 5-acre site includes a metal shed and wood-framed office building.
The area is zoned for mixed-use urban district.
The city also is planning to designate the building, located in the Innovista Design District, as a local historic landmark. The structure already is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Proposals should be submitted to Fred Delk, Columbia Development Corp., 911 Lady St., Suite C, Columbia, S.C. 29201.
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