4 West will include 52 luxury apartments and 15,000 square feet of commercial space.
WEST COLUMBIA, SC – In one year, the intersection of Meeting Street and State Street will be completely transformed by 4 West Apartments.
Estates and Companies is developing a new mixed-use facility with 52 luxury apartments on 15,000 square feet of commercial space.
“Our goal is to bring daytime traffic into the city and then onto State Street. It’s something that is needed to support the small retailers and businesses that are there,” said development manager Matt Mundy.
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Business owners said this could bring new life to their storefronts.
“I’m happy about that, you know it’s time. I was wondering what’s going to happen and when it’s going to happen so I’m happy now,” said Lenny Lewis, owner of State Street Trading, you know, the more bodies on State Street the better.
Many business owners say that more apartments means more clients.
“I am really excited about it, I think it will provide a lot of good opportunity for the area, we have a lot of growth here,” said Matt Evans, owner of Three Oaks Flowers.
However, there is one concern.
“Parking can be a problem for people because it can be a little confusing. Where can you park and where you can’t,” Evans said, and residents agree.
“Parking has been a big problem for a long time. Especially since the new brewery has come into play and now The D. is in,” said West British Columbia resident Carlin Thompson.
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Apartment prices range from $1,200 to $2,500 per month. The target demographic is young professionals with a six-figure annual income.
“The luxury apartments are great and everything but this area… Not many people can afford to spend $2,000 on rent a month,” Thompson said.
Other residents said, maybe a different location would be better.
“I think once they direct their attention to something close to the river, they might just limit themselves to wanting to be close to where all this new business is,” said Columbia-based Luis Castillo.
The project will cost between $13 million and $15 million and take up to a year to complete.
“It’s going to change for the better. I have clients coming in from development already. I haven’t really heard a single negative thing about development. It’s going to be great,” said Lewis.
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