Groundbreaking held for new mixed use New Brookland project in West Columbia
West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) – A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for a new mixed use development near the banks of the Congaree River in the city of West Columbia. The new project will feature apartments, parking, restaurants, shops, offices, and a small public park at the intersection of Meeting and State Streets.
The project has had both supporters and detractors since its inception. Some say that it’s another step toward improving the quality of life for the people in and around the city. Others say that the plot of land is too small for what’s planned there. They point out that traffic around that key intersection can already be a mess and this kind of development will simply exacerbate those issues.
SCDOT officials have worked with the developer and the city to structure the project so that it has the least impact on traffic and the roads. Because the DOT was concerned about traffic problems if the project’s drives connected directly to Meeting Street, they have said that the best option for motorists is to connect on Court and Oliver Streets, which cross the rear of the project.
The project as designed will feature 202 apartments, 205 parking spaces, the retail space for shops and boutiques, office space, restaurants and a public park.
The Brookland development is expected to be completed by September 2018.