Construction will begin this summer on a new student housing complex near Williams Brice Stadium for students at the University of South Carolina. Dovetail Development, based in Athens, Georgia, is set to build Wildwood Columbia by July 2016.

“We feel Columbia, South Carolina, is one of the strongest student housing markets in the country,” said Dovetail Consultant Mike Swope. “Anytime you can acquire land this close to campus, walking distance to the football stadium in a Tier 1 market with growing enrollment and virtually no vacancy, it’s going to make for a great project.”

Wildwood Columbia will be a 17-building residence of 327,000 square feet with a 7,500-square-foot clubhouse. The complex will sit on a 25-acre site that also will include a pool, volleyball and basketball courts, as well as outdoor televisions. A nearby “resort pavilion” will contain pingpong, billiards and foosball tables.

Swope said 198 units — consisting of a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom options — will be available to rent. Prices will range from $650 to $740 per bedroom per month.

Amenities include a full size washer and dryer in each unit, stainless steel appliances, in-home alarm system and a 58-inch Smart TV. Swope said the dorms will be located next to USC’s practice fields, the new Jerri and Steve Spurrier Indoor Practice Facility and the soon-to-be-completed $50 million football operations facility that will house team offices, a training room, and a locker room for the Gamecocks.

“That has turned a good location into a great location,” said Dovetail CEO David Mulkey. “Students who love sports are definitely going to want to be at Wildwood now.”

Swope said the dorms will be ready for move-in by August 2017.

Dovetail is finalizing contract bids and will have final project costs in May. The company previously built another student dorm, The Woodlands of Columbia, which opened in the fall of 2009 and cost $70 million. The apartments off Shop Road include 309 units and 1,209 beds.

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