Definition —adaptive reuse (noun): the renovation and reuse of pre-existing structures (such as warehouses) for new purposes.
With a city as rich in history as Columbia, it is expected that we have some older buildings around town. Over time,buildings age and the purpose or need for the spaces change. Rather than starting from scratch and building new structures in their place, buildings can oftentimes be repurposed with the help of the Historic Tax Credit and designers. That is where adaptive reuse comes in.
Walking down Main Street you can find many examples of adaptive reuse, including the award-winning work at 1649 Main St., which is now the location of Hendrix and the Woody.
The building is one of the oldest surviving structures on Main Street’s commercial historic district dating back to the mid-1800s. It originally housed a grocery and meat market until 1926 and was a hardware store until 1998. You might remember the building was Hennessy’s Restaurant and Lounge before being transformed into what it is today.
On the other side of town,701 Whaley has been working for almost 2 years to repurpose the indoor swimming pool that dates back to 1918 into another event venue that will accommodate up to 150 people. The pool was once widely used by the mill workers and their families in the early 1900s and is now preserved under glass so event guests can walk over it.
There are many more examples currently open around Columbia, including the Ensor Building at BullStreet that was formerly a research lab from 1939 and is now the building that used to house Bone-In-BBQ next to Segra Park. Another example is the Curtiss-Wright Hangar that is now home to Hunter-Gatherer Brewery.
Coming Soon: Results Fitnessis coming soon to a 3,000-square-foot warehouse-style building, which has been vacant for 10+ years, on Garners Ferry Road. Local fitness instructor Robert Simmons is expecting to open the gym by this summer.
The Lady will add109 apartments, ranging from studios to 3-bedrooms, across 3 historic buildings on the corner of Lady and Sumter streets. The oldest of the buildings was first used as the Masonic Temple in 1921. Since then it has also been used as the headquarters for the Red Cross, bank offices, law offices, auto show rooms, and more.
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Biz ○ Integrated Micro-Chromatography Systems Inc.announced it will expand its operations in Richland County by investing $4.1 million + creating 31 new jobs. The Irmo-based company,founded in 2013 by 3 UofSC scientists, creates biotechnology products and plans to prioritize creating new therapeutic drugs to treat neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.(The State)
Announced ○ The Indigo Girlsare coming to the Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center on May 26 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets for the award-winning folk duo will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. 🎵
Coronavirus ○ Richland County Councilhas voted to extend the face mask ordinance, which requires those 10 years or older to wear face coverings. The ordinance is now scheduled to expire on June 5.
Number ○ $5 million. The amount that the City of Columbia will spend to improve road safety and install new security cameras in Five Points. The improvements are expected to be completed within the year.(WACH Fox)
ComingSoon ○ Harbor Freight Tools’ fourth Columbia location will be coming soon toGarners Ferry Road at the former Save-A-Lot grocery store. The hardware retailer has not announced an open date yet, but the store is currently hiring. (Post and Courier)
Gov ○ Yesterday,Gov. Henry McMasternominatedRobert M. Kerr to fill the vacancy as the next director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Kerr was previously the director from 2003-2007 and has 22 years experience working for the agency.
WaterCooler ○ South Carolina Gamecock Men’s Basketball forward Justin Minaya has declared for the NBA draft and entered his name into the transfer portal. Minaya played for 4 seasons under head coach Frank Martin. The NBA draft is scheduled for July 29.🏀 (The State)
City ○ The COMET’s CEO and Executive Director, John Andoh, has resigned the position after a special meeting on April 5. LeRoy DesChamps, The COMET’s Chief Operating Officer, will take over as the interim director while the board begins searching for Andoh’s replacement. 🚍 (Post and Courier)
Ranked ○ No. 38. South Carolina’sranking in a recent WalletHub study to identify the most and least financially literate states. The study factored in 17 key metrics, including high-school financial literacy grades + number of adults with rainy day savings. Virginia ranked first and Alaska ranked No. 51. (WalletHub)
Digs ○ After being inside all winter, we’re all anxious to get active again. With shared amenities like a saltwater pool and fully renovated fitness center, 42 Magnolia and 5000 Forest can help you get back to feeling like yourself in no time. Ⓟ
Cause ○ Another way to get involved during United Way of the Midlands’ Volunteer Week (April 19-24): Sort donations, hang clothes, clean, and assist on the sales floor at the Salvation Army Family Store. Learn more + register. 🛍️ Ⓟ
Celebrate ○ Palmetto Primary Care Physicians is celebrating a new addition to its team: business development specialist Libby Anne Inabinet. With an impressive educational background and 30+ years experience in innovation, partnerships, leadership + management, she recently completed the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 training as a Certified Contact Tracer. 🎓Ⓟ
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Every year students at UofSC and other college campuses host a 24-hour Dance Marathonto help raise money for their local children’s hospital. Each year, the final flip reveals the grand total of the fundraising efforts and this year, UofSC students helped raise a total of $619,243 during the 2020-2021 Dance Marathon event. This total will fund the Child Life Program at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in the Midlands.
Registration for the 2022 event is now open.
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Dish ○ Bourbon Dinner| Thurs., April 8 | 6-9 p.m. | The Grand | $75 | A delicious 4-course meal + tailored smoked bourbon selections. 🥃
Show ○ Stop Light Observations| Thurs., April 8 | 8-10 p.m. | Main Course | $15+ | Groove to the sounds of this Charleston-based band. 🎵
TheBuy ○ Spring Market at Piecewise| Thurs., April 8 | 5-8 p.m. | Piecewise Coffee | Price of purchase | Shop products + grab dinner made by local vendors. 🛍️ ○ Midlands Plant & Flower Sale| Thurs., April 8-Sun., April 11 | 5-8 p.m. | South Carolina State Farmers Market | Price of purchase | The area’s largest selection of plants for sale. 🌸
Talk ○ Let’s Talk Race| Thurs., April 8 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | A discussion that tackles a variety of topics through the lens of race, equity and inclusion. Register for the event link. 💻
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Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen is one local option for celebrating Meatless Monday starting April 12 | Photo vis Let’s Meat Less
Lettuce tell you something cool — on April 12, local nonprofit Let’s Meat Less is kicking off a partnership with the City of Columbia to begin the Meatless Monday campaign. 🥬
Besides helping the earth, the new weekly Meatless Monday will provide an opportunity to shine a spotlight on local businesses + organizations and their plentiful and creative meatless offerings, including food, art, coffee, beer, and other goods and services.
Don’t carrot allabout going meatless? These stats might change your mind:
🥕 If all 131,674 residents of Columbia took part in Meatless Monday for one year, it would help prevent environmental damage equivalent to driving over 57 million miles (aka saving 240thousand round-trip drives between Cola and Charleston).
🥕 Each day that someone eats plant-based adds 46 minutes to their lifespan.
🥕 A cow releases 23 times more greenhouse gases than a car.
Bean convinced yet? Check out Let’s Meat Less’s website for local restaurants, grocery stores, and recipe ideas to help you take part in Meatless Monday, happening every Monday starting April 12. Ⓟ