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Wilson Kibler represents developer in $1.1 million acquisition for new mixed-use development

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Dec. 20, 2020) – Cason Development Group is moving forward with a new mixed-use development of high-end apartments and retail space repositioning the iconic Rosewood Church on Rosewood Avenue as well as constructing new retail.

The adaptive reuse project will transform the Rosewood Church buildings and campus, 2901 Rosewood Drive, into up to 47 high-end apartments for working professionals and empty-nesters.

“Our team is very excited about the opportunity to bring these buildings back to life with this new mixed-use project. We feel this development will help continue the momentum in the downtown area by bringing new residents and improving the urban lifestyle in Columbia,” said Frank Cason, president of Cason Development Group.

Rosewood Church, formerly Rosewood Baptist Church, put the church property up for sale in 2019, and is in the process of relocating within the Rosewood community. The church had been at 2901 Rosewood since 1937. The existing sanctuary was built in 1969-70 by Ralph Lee Construction, which was owned and operated by the late grandfather of Wilson Kibler senior associate Brooks Owings who represented Cason Development Group in the acquisition of the property.

“My personal connection to the property makes this a transaction that I am especially grateful to be involved with. I look forward to seeing the end-product that Cason Development delivers and it’s positive impact on the community,” Owings said.

An existing building at 2809 Rosewood, across Sloan Street from the church, will be converted into retail space, and a second retail building could be constructed. The property is adjacent to the popular Rosewood Market. “There are a number of users who have already indicated a high level of interest in the retail portion of this project,” said Taylor Wolfe, a developer with Cason. “We are going to be very selective in finding the right balance of users who complement each other and serve the neighborhoods surrounding us,” Wolfe said.

Garvin Design Group of Columbia is the architect for the project and Boyer Construction is the contractor.

“It’s exciting to be involved with re-purposing an existing neighborhood church into really cool living spaces without altering the church’s appearance,” said Scott Garvin, president of Garvin Design Group. “The mix of permanent residents and the newly created retail next door will result in a very active development for this area of Rosewood.”

The project is Cason’s third announced Columbia mixed-use project. Work is already underway to convert the Klondike Building at 1813 Main St. downtown into apartments with retail, and also on a mixed-use project on Forest Dive at Brentwood Drive in Forest Acres with a mix of boutique retail and townhomes.

About Cason Development Group
Cason Development Group is a commercial real estate development firm located in Columbia, South Carolina, focused on projects in the Columbia area as well as tenant-focused development outside Columbia.

About Wilson Kibler
Wilson Kibler is a full-service commercial real estate firm with offices in Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville. Wilson Kibler provides a broad range of commercial real estate services throughout the state, including tenant and buyer representation, leasing, acquisition and disposition, property management, development, and consultation. Each of these services is staffed by highly regarded professionals focused on providing value for clients throughout all phases of an assignment. Wilson Kibler is an Accredited Management Organization and its professionals hold prestigious designations including CCIM, CPM, LEED GA, and SIOR. For more information visit www.wilsonkibler.com.

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