Another great success of the Columbia Empowerment Zone, headquartered here in Eau Claire at the Town Hall Building! From an article in Panoroma about the new apartment complex going up on North Main:
“...Everybody should remember the Empowerment Zone in Columbia was one of the most successful in the country, it took a lot of fight to get it started, but we feel empowered now for the work that has been done. While the City’s economy is blossoming Mayor Benjamin, City Counci...l and myself have remained concerned that we do not want to price out people in our City. We want to ensure you that we have a compromising commitment to making sure that growth is accompanied by inclusion for everyone,” said City Manager Teresa Wilson. The Veranda at North Main will be comprised of fifty-eight (58) apartments. Five of the units will be ADA compliant and two of the units for sense-impaired (deaf and/or blind residents). The needs of a senior population will be considered in the design of the Veranda at North Main, which will be rich in amenities. The Veranda at North Main will use resource efficient design and building materials, careful construction waste management and recycling, and energy efficient systems to lower the environmental impact of construction and to reduce the resource consumption by residents."
An Eau Claire great returns!! Welcome back to Eau Claire, Michael Kelly !!
Benedict Street up in Greenview and Johnson Avenue in Hyatt Park area
"On Thursday, February 8, 2018, City Manager Teresa Wilson spoke about ways of improving, new and upcoming developments in North Columbia to an audience of business owners, city employees and citizens at Earlewood Park Community Center. Councilman Sam Davis gave opening remarks prior to City Manager Wilson, discussing economic growth in North Columbia. The North Columbia Business Association is the central governing body over the business district of North Columbia. While und...ergoing exciting changes, the NCBA is creating a new brand for the North Columbia area as one united community known as NOMA, debuting early 2018. Wilson says, “I love to do this, because honestly, it is my opportunity to dialogue with the community. I know that the surge of development that we’re seeing in this area is purposeful. We try to make sure the projects we push are aligned with the Envision Columbia goals.”
Welcome to 29203 !!
NCBA: “Something Good is Coming Soon!” —
Indeed and agreed!
North Columbia has been under construction these past few months (and we aren’t just talking about on the roads!). Stay tuned because we are revealing our new l...ook very soon... 😮🛤🚧 #northcolumbia #northcolumbiasc #northcola #northcolasc #columbia #columbiasc #noma #northmain #northmainstreet #northmainst #newlook #newlogo #newbrand #comingsoon #staytuned #cityofcolumbia
A classy move by Belk on behalf of our great kids at Eau Claire High School !
"North Columbia’s recent growth has not been by chance, but rather by choice, according to Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “The unprecedented North Columbia renaissance hasn’t happened by accident,” Benjamin said in his State of the City address Tuesday evening at Columbia College. “It’s a result of years of hard work, planning and investment.” Benjamin detailed the $50 million investment in North Main and the improvements for Hyatt and Greenview Parks, along with the 80-acre ...Azurest at Heritage Creek that will feature shops, residential areas and a medical clinic. “This community is on the brink of a transformational year,” Benjamin said. In December, Cason Development Group announced the purchase of four additional buildings in the growing Cottontown development on Sumter Street in North Columbia. The development already features Indah Coffee, The War Mouth restaurant and Cottontown Brewery. Benjamin compared the area’s growth to the recent expansion of downtown in student housing and mentioned repeated years of budget surplus. He said he wants Columbia to be a “seamless city,” creating an environment where improvements to one segment of the community benefit the entire city..."
Great new community health program by Toriah Caldwell of the University of South Carolina! Over on Blanding Street towards downtown Columbia.
"Nursing students at the University of South Carolina will work to get the practical experience under an expanded program at the Carolina Family Practice. The medical clinic this week celebrated the grand opening of its new office in Columbia. Clinic director and clinical assistant professor at the USC College of Nursing Toriah Caldwell... says the clinic needed more space and more visibility. “This is the perfect location for us,” she says. “We are hoping to grow. Where we were, our growth was stunted because we did not have enough space to grow. We’re looking forward to growing and increasing our clientele.” Students who are studying nursing, pharmacy and social work get practical experience working alongside faculty at the clinic. “We provide an opportunity for the whole healthcare team to work together,” Caldwell said. “I think it’s very important for them to see, especially how a nurse-managed health care center is run. Especially if we’re seeing our nurse practitioner students, they can get an idea of, ‘oh, I would like to open my own practice one day,’ they can get an idea of how that is...”
Congratulations to two great police department leaders who love North Columbia — Felicia Prince-Heath and Melron Kelly. North Columbia loves you back!
High Honors for Two CPD Employees
At the weekly City Council meeting this evening, Police Chief Skip Holbrook congratulated two Columbia Police Department (CPD)... employees for a job well done.
Deputy Chief Melron Kelly was recognized for his successful completion of the 270th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Kelly and other representatives from 49 states and 20 international countries participated in a 10-week law enforcement program that included leadership and communication skills, and other specialized training, plus a difficult physical fitness regimen.
Also, CPD employee Felicia Prince-Heath was named the 2017 Employee of the Year for her three-year dedicated work assisting CPD in receiving an Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
This achievement signifies CPD’s commitment to professional excellence and is only awarded after an extensive, comprehensive and voluntary process focusing on the areas of policy, procedure, operations and management.
For more information on CPD's accreditation, visit:
The latest example of great police work in 29203. Thank you Columbia Police Department.