Historic Five Points building transformed to 29 boutique apartments with amenities

Mayor Benjamin cuts Claussen’s ribbon at the grand opening event. Karamie Sullivan and Drew Hill photos.

Mayor Steve Benjamin along with other city representatives cut the ribbon at downtown Columbia’s newest apartment complex Tuesday afternoon. Claussen’s apartment building – formerly Claussen’s Inn – is located at 2003 Greene Street in the heart of Five Points. The facility was originally built as Claussen’s Bakey in 1928 for George Frederick Claussen, the grandson of a German immigrant.

Benjamin noted that the development will attract new residents to the downtown area. “We know that people of every age are looking for authentic places to call home,” Benjamin said. “This is going to be the time and opportunity for us to continue to attract incredible, talented people here to Five Points.”

The design, created by project manager Julie Tuttle of Styx Co., embraces the historic aspects of the building. The original hardwood flooring, exposed brick, and windows from Claussen’s Bakery can be seen in each apartment.

“Once we started opening up walls and understanding the historic fabrics of the building, it really started to develop into something that was going to be very unique,” said project partner Ryan Hyler.

The boutique apartments range from 360 to 780 sq.-ft. All are studio apartments intended for one bed. Spaces on the first floor come with an outdoor patio area, and most spaces upstairs have a spiral staircase leading to a loft, with 20-ft. ceilings.

According to Tuttle, the prices range from $899 to $1,799 per month, but some amenities are already included in the pricing. “There’s a Spectrum cable and internet package that’s already included as part of the rent. And we have a valet trash pickup five nights a week outside of your door. And each apartment comes with one parking space,” she said. There is a community laundry room also available for tenants.

Claussen’s apartments are only for tenants 21-years-old and up. More information can be found at www.liveatclaussens.com.

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