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Colite City mixed-use development planned for West Columbia

Colite a new mixed-use development focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, is coming to West Columbia.

The project by West Columbia real estate development company Jams and Stark LLC was announced Thursday morning at the Growth Summit event held in downtown Columbia.

Colite City will be located at 228 North Parsons St. on the former site of Colonial-Hites sign company and will incorporate the original brick company building. The site is about a mile from the Congaree River.

The project’s 150,000-square-foot first phase will include an event space, brew hall, food hall, maker and designer spaces, studio spaces for artists and designers, and flex-spaces for offices, according to Wade Caughman, director of development for Jams and Stark.

“The overall vision of the project can be summed up as a creative, innovative and entrepreneur campus,” Caughman told SC Biz News. “We want to bring everybody to one campus, whether you’re a candlemaker, a taco vendor or a hot new tech hub. This is a place where you can come to start, grow and work around other like-minded people and companies.”

Cleanup on the property has started with a goal of beginning construction in early 2023, Caughman said. Jams and Stark working on finalizing contractors and expects to have them on board in about 90 days. Caughman said the goal is to have the first phase complete by the spring or summer of 2024.

An estimated cost for the project has not yet been determined, Caughman said.

Jams and Stark LLC specializes in renovating historic and unoccupied into new and innovative spaces for residences and businesses. The company’s past projects include the Flow Townhomes on Gervais Street in Columbia, Noma Flats apartments off North Main Street, Park Street Lofts in Elmwood Park, and the Meeting Street Office Lofts in the former location of the West Columbia bus station.

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