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Palmetto Compress Development Pushed Boundaries of Resilience

It was formerly a 100-year-old textile warehouse that held 550,000 bales of cotton. It was what the Columbia, S.C. public development coalition called "a very unlikely redevelopment, a non-descript, ugly and old 320,000-sq.-ft. facility." These days it's a thriving 400-plus unit market-rate residential structure that caters to students attending the University of South Carolina's international business school. Yes, the students are getting an education in business—and so is the Columbia development coalition. It's a "local education" born of vision and resilience. Fred Delk, the supervisor of the Columbia Development Corp. (CDC), outlined a compelling narrative about what's now the Palmetto Compress Development project. "We cleaned up an eyesore and everyone said it was impossible to do," says Delk, who is a former Brownfield Person of the Year—as so named by Renewal & Redevelopment several years ago. "We (the city of Columbia) purchased the building in 2013 to prevent the demolition…Log In to Read Full Article

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