The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Veranda at North Main was held on Friday, May 31, 2019, at 3700 North Main St. at 12 p.m. a reception and tour followed immediately after the ceremony.
Congressman James Clyburn, Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia City Council, Richland County Council, Columbia Empowerment Zone, Inc. board members, the Integral Development Group, LLC representatives, SC State Housing Finance and Development Authority officials and neighborhood presidents all gathered to welcome the new senior living apartment building to the North Main corridor.
“I’ve been saying all over the country that projects like this signify greatness for our country. The Columbia Empowerment Zone, Inc. has created a project that is accessible and affordable for the citizens of Columbia and that is one of the main reasons why this project is such a success for our community,” said Congressman James E. Clyburn.
“When you think of the history of what we have been trying to do on this site for a number of years with community meetings, conversations with our neighbors and stakeholders and to see a vision now come into fruition right here at The Veranda at North Main; it is a big deal and a big day for the North Main corridor,” said Mayor Steve Benjamin.
“One of the promises of the Columbia Empowerment Zone, Inc. is to make lives better, said City Councilman Sam Davis. “This project is an example of what is expected in terms of quality and meeting the needs of our community.”
“The Veranda at North Main has set a visionary standard for affordable housing in Columbia. Affordable housing helps to build stronger, more viable neighborhoods. The Veranda at North Main project will also be a catalyst for changing the perception of what affordable housing can be and the positive impact it can have on our community. want to thank the Columbia Empowerment Zone, Inc., the City of Columbia & other partners for all that has been contributed to make this dream for affordable housing become a reality for Columbia, South Carolina.” City Manager Teresa Wilson said.
“This building is a great example of the strength and partnership and the superior outcome of shared ideas,” said Felicia Maloney, Executive Director of Columbia Empowerment Zone, Inc. I sincerely thank each and every partner individually and collectively for the role you played in helping us to add another successful project in Columbia City Council’s Vision Statement.”
The Veranda at North Main is a new fifty-eight (58) unit senior apartment building for persons 55 and older. It is located across the street from Hyatt Park and next door to the North Main Plaza, CEZ, Inc.’s retail project.
Residents of the Veranda will have a Main Street address, access to medical care, pharmaceutical needs, limited financial services, cell phone services and fast food at the North Main Plaza. Other available services include: access to front door public transportation, senior recreational activities at Hyatt Park, an in house fitness room, game room and community room. Veranda is within walking distance of other eateries, small service type businesses and major medical services.
The needs of seniors were considered in the design of the Veranda at North Main, which are rich in amenities. The Veranda at North Main used resource efficient design and building materials, careful construction waste management and recycling, and energy efficient systems to lower the environmental impact of construction and to reduce the resource consumption by residents. Each unit is equipped with a five (5) piece energy star appliance package.
• Low Income Housing Tax Credit Project
• Three (3) Story Elevator Building
• 50 Affordable Apartments
• 6 Market Rate Apartments
• Many services on site or walking distance
• Game/recreation room
• Fully-equipped computer center
• Fully-equipped fitness center
• On-site mail and package room
• Units are fully accessible
• The showers feature low-flow shower-heads with adjustable height
• Energy-Star appliances
• Dish-washers, in-sink disposals, ceiling fans, and washer/dryer in every unit
• Stoves have front controls and powder based fire suppression canisters
The Veranda represents the evolution of a comprehensive neighborhood development and well-thought-out use of land development consisting of 18,000 square feet of commercial space and the senior housing project offers 61,000 square feet – with a mission to enhance the social, economic and physical prosperity of the entire North Main corridor.
Project funding for The Veranda was obtained through the formation of unique collaborations and creative financing partnerships. The Veranda received $860,000 in 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) from South Carolina State Housing and Finance Authority. Integral Development Group, the CEZ, Inc., and PNC Bank partnered together and collectively raised $10 million necessary to develop The Veranda at North Main.