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The city of Columbia’s Design/Development Review Commission has approved plans for a 12-unit apartment building to be housed at 933 Main St.

Construction on the 12-unit apartment building across Pendleton Street from the Capitol Complex is expected to start by April. (Image/Provided)The brick apartment building, around 14,000 square feet, would be called The Lofts at the Capitol and built over an open-air parking deck on a 0.29-acre parcel that currently includes the Immaculate Consumption restaurant and the Hibachi House, former location of the Nickelodeon Theater. The existing building would remain.

The project was given unanimous approval at the commission’s Thursday meeting for both the site plan and Certificate of Design for new construction.

“We are very excited about the project,” developer Ford Elliott said. “I think it will do a lot for the capital city, and be the next big thing.”

Elliott, and his group originally pitched the proposal in October, but were denied and sent to the Boarding Zone of Appeals. After going before the board in December, they voted to allow him to have only 16 parking spaces rather than the 35 required by city formula.

With approval from the commission, Elliott is ready to submit permits to get the project started. The commission did have some conditions, but Elliott doesn’t see those getting in the way.

“The (DDRC) requested a few small changes and recommendations with their approval,” Elliott said. “They should be no problem.”

Elliott said he hopes to begin construction on the property no later than April, and expects the project to last about 12 months.

Reach Travis Boland at 803-726-7543.

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