Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Next year about 700 students at USC will have a new place to stay off campus and it's only a stone's throw from the Greek Village.
Last year the Edwards development group tried to tear down the Palmetto Compress Building and build student housing but they were denied.
Thursday they were given approval to build student apartments across the street from the compress building and hope to have it open in the fall of 2015.
The apartments are located on Blossom and Pulaski streets in Columbia and there will be three building that has 725 beds.
One of the buildings will have surface parking and the other will have a parking garage. There will also be a walkway for students to safety cross the railroad tracks.
VP of Land acquisition Steve Simonetti says despite being denied last year, they wanted to find a way to still provide housing for students in Columbia.
"I would suggest that we listened and we learned and we recognized that the public spoke and didn't want the compress building to be torn and we continued to explore other opportunities in the area and build a project that is similar. Columbia is a great city, we love being associated with USC and the stars lined up and we are very excited," said Simonetti.
The demolition process will start in less than 60 days.