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A new development project set to begin on Main Street Columbia in August will soon be creating between 28 to 30 new apartments.

Cason Development Group and Cohn Corporation are working in partnership to begin restoring and renovating the former office building, located at 1813 Main St. The project is the first of a number of Columbia renovation plans the two firms plan to carry out.

President of Cason Development Group Frank Cason said they are very excited about the opportunity to get involved in another historic renovation project in Columbia. "The building sat vacant for more than five years and most people did not realize there was a historic, mid-century modern facade hidden behind all of that stucco. It will be fun to bring this old office building back to life and convert it to apartments."

The project will repurpose the historic Klondike Building next to Jefferson Square, across from Main Street United Methodist Church. The building was first constructed in 1961 by the Klondike Corp., initially used for federal government offices and renovated in 1983 for office condominiums. The team plans to restore the structure to its original mid-century modern appearance, including its entrance off Main Street. It is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022.

The one- and two-bedroom apartments are expected to attract young professionals and empty nesters who want to live in an urban environment.

"Student housing has its place, but these units are designed for post-graduates," said Cason. The building will also have a retail space of about 1,000 sq.-ft. that Cason said he thinks would be appropriate for a small upscale bar, wine shop or boutique.

This will be the first apartment complex located in the 1800 block of Main Street. The building will also have adjacent surface parking and the residents' entrance will be off the parking lot.

"As a building and business owner in the Main Street district, we are excited to partner in this revitalization project and the continued growth of the Main Street District," said Harris Cohn, CEO of Cohn Corporation.

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