Built in 1928 as a bakery, renovated into a hotel and now boutique studio apartments, the Claussen’s building on Greene Street in Five Points has once again been transformed.
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of Claussen’s Studio Apartments Tuesday.
The 11,745 square-foot space is divided into 29 apartment homes. Some are studio apartments and others are lofts. The building includes common living spaces.
Construction began in August 2018. Cohn Construction served as project contractor.
The project is one of several historic renovations Styx Companies partners David Tuttle, Julie Tuttle, Jessie Smith and Ryan Hyler are working on in the Columbia area.
“It’s the unique nature of the building,” Hyler said. “It’s a historic icon in Columbia, it’s being a part of Five Points. Everything about it is just special.”
Apartments range from $950 a month to $1,799. Hyler said Claussen’s is not intended for students but is a market-rate residential project.
“I think we’re going to have a really mixed demographic who lives here,” he said. “I think you’re going to have some empty nesters who want to be able to walk down to Drip every morning and have coffee. I think you’re going to have some professors at USC who want to be able to walk to work. You’ll have young professionals that just want to be close to Five Points.”
Claussen’s is currently accepting lease applications, the developers said.
The Five Points area, developed as a Columbia retail pioneer beginning in 1919, joined more than 1,400 S.C. sites on the National Historic Register in May.
“The timing of it has been incredible. With a historic building such as this comes simultaneously when Five Points is being on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s incredible to couple those together, and what a great marriage,” said Kelsey Desender, executive director of the Five Points Association. “There are not many places where you see a building of this stature go through so many changes and still stand and now being used for something that will really infuse the livability of Five Points, to get more people down and into the walkable district that we want to make it.”