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Senior housing project proposed for North Main Corridor

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Plans for a 58-unit apartment building to be constructed in the 3700 block of North Main Street have been submitted to a city of Columbia panel for approval.

The Veranda at North Main project would provide affordable housing for senior residents, according to documents filed with the Design/Development Review Commission.

The apartment building would be built on two parcels of vacant land totaling 1.9 acres between Elmore and Miller streets, just south of the North Main Plaza Development. The land is owned by the Columbia Empowerment Zone, which is seeking the city approval for the project’s design.

The developer proposes to build a three-story building with 76,338 square feet of space. The plan also includes 47 parking spaces.

No cost estimate was listed in the documents.

This marks the second time a senior housing project has been proposed for the North Main site.

In 2013, a Greenville developer had plans for a 56-unit complex. The proposal, which involved the empowerment zone selling the property to the developer, was scrapped after area residents objected to the City Council.

The latest proposal for the property is scheduled to be reviewed at the commission’s monthly meeting on Thursday at City Hall.

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