An adaptive pre-use plan for the former Army Navy store at 1621 Main St. unanimously passed as part of the City of Columbia’s Design/Development Review Commission's consent agenda on Thurday.
Developer Agape Senior, Lambert Architecture and general contractor Mashburn Construction, all based in Columbia, sought design approval and Bailey Bill historic tax credit certification for the $10 million project, slated for completion next summer.
Plans call for a seven-lane bowling alley and restaurant in the building, as well as a total of seven new apartments on the second and third floors of the adjoining Robinson and Mark’s buildings.
The building facades will be renovated with heavy decorative wood trim above large picture windows, and large decorative cornices to match historic images will be restored.
The bowling alley will include a ground-floor restaurant and a large bar. A room in the basement of the Mark’s building can provide additional space, and new entrance will be added to the rear of the Mark’s building leading to an exterior courtyard with landscaping, outdoor seating and entertainment such as a bocce ball court.
The second floor of the Robinson building will feature a rooftop patio with an entrance to the second-floor Robinson apartments, which will also have a private entrance accessible from a rear parking lot.