There will be new homes, and office space, in West Columbia's River District this summer. 

The 34 single-family homes being built between Center Street and Augusta Street, just off of State Street, are a project of Developer Joe Taylor. The development is called St. Ann’s Alley. 

“The first five foundations have been poured and we expect framing to begin this week and hopefully the first homes should be ready for their owners to move in this July,” said Taylor.

He has been impressed with the effort in uncertain times brought on by the coronavirus.

“The determination and work ethic of the tradesmen in South Carolina and this area has truly been on display with this project as the rainy weather has been more of an obstacle than the virus," said Taylor. "We do anticipate some slight delays in the actual construction as physical distancing only allows one sub-contractor to work on a home at a time. We have been very encouraged by sales in the last month and expect to start the next group of foundations in a week or so.”

In addition to the new residential complex, commercial construction is ongoing in West Columbia, despite the coronavirus crisis.

A two-story, 5,400-square-foot Class A office building is being built at 508 Meeting Street. Taylor initiated the project, but Brian Boyer of Boyer Commercial Construction now owns it. He is the general contractor onsite. 

Boyer said the structure should be complete by mid-June. D’Alberto and Graham Attorneys and Advisors are set to move in when it’s finished.

“There has not been a slow-down,” said Boyer. “We’ve had no supply chain issues.”

Boyer also said the construction industry is good about following protocols, and workers on the Meeting Street site are sure to take all precautions to fight the spread of COVID-19.

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