The Laundry Building, the oldest surviving service building on the BullStreet District campus, is expected to be ready for retail and/or commercial tenants by the end of this year.
Recent renovations by Columbia-based real estate development and investment company Avant Holdings to the 15,000-square-foot, mixed-use building have refurbished the building’s roof, cupola, windows and interior structures, among other restorations.
“With the strong development pipeline at the BullStreet District, we feel the timing is perfect to move forward with this exciting adaptive reuse project,” Todd Avant, managing partner of Avant Holdings, said in a news release. “Our hope is to welcome a mix of dynamic businesses to the Laundry Building, which could include a restaurant, retail shops, creative office or a brewery with a beer garden.”
Located behind the Babcock Building’s original dining halls, the Laundry Building is an Italianate-influenced building dating back to 1883. It adjoins other service buildings such the Bakery that were part of internal operations at the former S.C. State Hospital.
The design, overseen by Studio 2LR, will feature an open layout with soaring ceilings, exposed wood beams and exposed interior brick. Original steel sash windows and restored window openings will allow natural light, and the interior will also feature historic plaster walls and concrete floors.
Situated on an acre of green space, the building offers outdoor seating and amenity possibilities with a view of the Babcock Building, being renovated into luxury apartments.
Columbia-based Studio 2LR was the architect for renovations to the Ensor and Parker Annex buildings at BullStreet, a 181-acre urban redevelopment project.