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Photo of the Day: This is Parcel D

This plot of land that borders the Sears parking lot at the Mall in Columbia and Broken Land Parkway is the proposed site of a $100 million apartment and retail building.

This is the site where a $100 million apartment and retail building is being proposed for downtown Columbia. A pre-submission meeting to discuss the "Metropolitan Downtown Columbia" building takes place on May 22 at 6:30 p.m. Read more about the planned building here - $100 Million Luxury Building Unveiled for Downtown Columbia.

Mike Milligan May 22, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Very nice pictures, but you make it look very bucolic and park-like and not sitting amid office buildings, townhouses, and busy entrances to the Mall. Are you trying to mislead?
Andrew Metcalf (Editor) May 22, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I really tried to get other buildings in the shots, but it's so open and the buildings are far away that it was difficult. But if you go there you can see a parking garage nearby, as well as Sears in the distance. It's a large space.
Lisa Rossi (Editor) May 23, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Andrew, we need to get you a plane! I could see that solving this issue in the future. ;)
BOH May 23, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I'm really hoping that all this construction comes with a lot of additional parking. That plot of borders a parking lot that is usually over capacity any and every night of the week. As much parking as possible should be underground, at least for apartment tenants (require permits and/or entry keys for tenant parking). Otherwise, adding apartments and shops would mean either exacerbating the critical parking shortage between Sears and AMC or turning every unbuilt inch of town center into paved lots. Those who have experienced the mall during high season (holiday shopping, Verizon free fest, etc.) know that even that wouldn't be enough.
Andrew Metcalf (Editor) May 23, 2012 at 01:41 AM
At the submission meeting tonight a representative from Kettler, one of the development firms working on the project, said there would be 750 parking spaces in an on-site indoor garage for the 380 residential units.
BOH May 23, 2012 at 03:14 AM
750 sounds like a nice number for the apartments. That's one dedicated spot per unit, plus optional spaces and guest usage. Any word on parking for the shops, or are those using the existing parking lots?

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