Following years of potential plans for the Capital City Stadium on Assembly Street, a 310-unit apartment complex, The Ballpark, is waiting for its final federal permit to begin development. Connecticut-based Weddle Real Estate Investments will also include 20,000 sqft of retail space in the complex + will assist the city and county with flood control efforts in the area.
If you’ve been in Columbia for ~8 years or more, you may remember attending a Capital City Bombers or Columbia Blowfish game at the baseball stadium.
And if you’re newer to the area, or just aren’t that into baseball, we’ll give you a short run down. The Capital City Stadium was built in 1927 by Barney Dreyfuss, who owned the Pittsburgh Pirates. Over the years, the Columbia Comers, Columbia Reds,Capital City Bombers, and the Blowfish played at the stadium.
Most recently, the Capital City Bomberscalled the stadium home from 1983 to 2004, when the team moved to Greenville. From 2006-2014, the Columbia Blowfish used the stadium over the summers and marked the end of the stadium’s history.
Following approval of the final necessary permit, Weddle Real Estate Investments will first begin flood control work, beginning at the Congaree River. This aspect of the project will include removing an abandoned railroad trestle, cleaning out Rocky Branch Creek, and adding a culvert (think: water tunnel) to help water flow to the river + is expected to take 8 months.
Demolition of the stadium and construction of the apartment complex will begin after the flood control work + is estimated to be completed in 2023. According to The Post and Courier,potential tenants have already expressed interest in the retail space, including a gym and clothing store.
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ComingSoon ○ Lil Duck Kombucha is opening a cafe alongside its shop in West Columbia (1119 Methodist Park Rd., West Columbia) on May 3 to offer health-focused food options. Seating for the cafe will be mostly outdoors, including an elevated porch, and the cafe will keep at least 2 kombucha options on tap. 🥙 (Free Times)
SodaCitizen ○ Out of 10 winners, professional playwright + screenwriter Donnetta Lavinia Grays, who’s originally from Columbia, is 1 of the 2021 Whiting Awards for emerging writers. Now living in New York, Donnetta says her career began at Spring Valley High School in the 90s. Read more about Donnetta and her work here. (The State)
Stat ○ 10.7%. South Carolina’s population growthsince 2010, according to US Census data released yesterday. Currently, only country and state-wide data has been released; county and city-wide data is still forthcoming. Read more about the data released yesterday here. (The State)
Number ○ 4,000+. The number of vaccines the South Carolina’s Community Vaccination Center at Columbia Place Mall has administered since its opening on Apr. 13. The vaccine clinic will be open for 6 more weeks + does not require appointments. 💉 (WIS)
Edu ○ Are you a part of the Richland Two family? You can submit your favorite teacher to Lamar Advertising for a chance for the teacher to be featured on a local billboard during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7).Submissions are accepted through May 6here. 🍎
Dish ○This week(Apr. 23-May 2)is the first Black Restaurant Week in South Carolina, which aims to bring additional business to the restaurants. There are four participating restaurants in the Columbia area, including Goats, Carolina Kernals, The Gold Den, and SharellCooks, LLC. 🍽️ (Free Times) ○ In the mood for a light (and easy) dinner? Enter:Lowes Foods’ Pick & Prep family-size salads. Just add your favorite dressing (and maybe a side of fried chicken). 🥗 Ⓟ
Finance ○ This no annual fee, cash back credit card has a $200 bonus offer + 3% cash back on the category of your choice (like home improvement, travel, dining or online shopping). More perks? There’s 0% interest for 15 months, plus a 75% bonus rewardfor qualified customers. Ⓟ
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A new boutique is opening this Saturday, May 1, in Lexington (5175 Sunset Blvd., Lexington). Tulipwill carry the brands Crosby, Karlie, Southern Tide, Emily McCarthy, and more + you can check out a sneak peek of the space here.
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PlanAhead ○ Wednesday Walk — Robert Mills Historic District| Wed., Apr. 28 | 12-1 p.m. | Gift Shop at Robert Mills | $5+ | A guided walking tour highlighting the architecture and history of this historic neighborhood. ○ Derby by Design | Sat., May 1 | 5 – 8 pm | Boyd Plaza | $85 | Dress to impress in your derby best while sipping on juleps, nibbling derby fare, and watching the ponies live. Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
You can score tickets to Columbia Fireflies’ May games starting today | Photo provided
Tickets for allMay games in the Columbia Fireflies’ 2021 seasongoon saleat 10 a.m. today. 🎟️
ICYMI, here are a few new policies: ○ Capacity at games will be 50% to start the season ○ Fans can choose between socially distant and regular capacity sections ○ Tickets will be digital + sold on a month-by-month basis ○ Segra Park will be fully cashless ○ Fans can order concessions from any mobile device Ⓟ