The City of Columbia is pleased to announce the approval of the $2.1 million South Garden Streetscape Enhancement Project. The City received bids for construction in September 2022, and City Council approved a construction bid from Adams Contracting at the October 13, 2022, City Council meeting. The project will include the installation of a streetscape on South Garden Street in the Columbia Arts District from the intersection at Carmack Blvd to Depot Street. This streetscape project is the largest investment in the Columbia Arts District to date.
Mayor Chaz Molder stated, “I am thrilled about the South Garden Street streetscape project moving forward because it once again evidences our City's commitment to the arts and the Arts District. But, it also evidences the fact that we have a strategic plan that we follow, in this case, the Arts District Master Plan, and we implement those plans. This particular streetscape project was the culmination of a community-wide, community-driven, and community-input process. And, the beneficiary will be our community as a whole.”
The streetscape project began as an FY 2019-2020 strategic plan initiative. In 2020, Regan Smith was hired as a project engineer to prepare conceptual renderings of South Garden that resulted from multiple public input meetings with stakeholders in the Columbia Arts District. In 2021, concept drawings were completed and the preparation of construction documents began, which were completed in 2022. The enhancement project will take one year to complete.
The project will improve the streetscape along South Garden Street from Carmack Boulevard to Depot Street. The streetscape will include sidewalks, ADA compliance, curb and gutter, parking areas, storm drainage, paving, and street lighting. This transformation will enhance the pedestrian experience with these improvements, along with providing landscaping and hardscape plazas with the ability to display art and create a sense of place. The pedestrian plazas, along with a more colorful landscaping palette and modern street lighting, were introduced to give the Columbia Arts District a distinct look while still maintaining the downtown charm. The project will also convert South Garden Street to a one-way (north to south) section from Carmack Boulevard to W 11th Street and provide a northbound left turn lane along Carmack Boulevard onto S Garden Street.