Published Oct. 26, 2015
|The bakery will house both regional co-working company SOCO and coding school The Iron Yard Columbia upon its completion. (Photo/Provided)|
“We are thrilled to be a partner in this exciting effort that is bringing life and beauty back to Bull Street,” said Davis Buchanan, BCS president. “It’s our business to build and we jumped at the chance to utilize our expertise to transform the space.”
BCS will work alongside Columbia-based 1x1 Design and HDC’s Bob Hughes to revitalize the facility, which was built in the early 1900s. 1x1 Design aims to work in ideas of sustainability and utility into the design concept while still keeping the bakery’s dignity, HDC said.
“This building presents an exciting challenge to capture the history of the site, but adapt its use to an incredibly forward-thinking group of individuals in the entrepreneurial and tech communities,” said Asheley Scott, 1x1 Design president.
Positioned behind the Babcock building, the bakery is one of eight buildings on-site which will soon be restored. Clearing and abatement have begun, and BCS is being careful not to remove any details of historical interest. Hughes anticipates SOCO and The Iron Yard Columbia to be moved in by April 2016 in conjunction with the opening of Spirit Communications Park.
“Finding a tenant like SOCO for the bakery made its restoration possible and we could not be more excited to welcome them to Bull Street in a few short months,” Hughes said. “We hope this is just the beginning of their presence in the development.”