Opposition continues regarding proposed student housing on Huger Street


Columbia, S.C. (WACH) -- The Columbia City Council held a meeting on a controversial proposal to build student housing on 1400 Huger Street.

Residents living in local neighborhoods have long voiced their opposition to the project, saying that the move could bring unwanted noise and traffic to an already busy area.

The council meeting on Tuesday addressed the concerns of residents living in the area, including representatives with the Vista Guild and local neighborhood associations.

908 Holdings is the company presiding over the project, based out of Florida. The company's representatives were also in attendance.

Representatives argue that the housing would provide much needed room for a growing USC population, while ridding the area of a long unused building. The location was previously the Richland County Magistrate Court.

Opponents to the proposal, however, say that other student housing facilities in the area are not filled to capacity, and that the location -- being too far -- might actually deter students from living in the units. Those against the measure say they would also like to see other developments that would add to the lifestyle of the diverse and eclectic area.

The council is set to vote on the measure on June 5th.

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