Richland Renaissance is a comprehensive solution to several facility and service challenges facing Richland County Government. It sets in motion a series of transformative initiatives that will take place throughout the County. Elements comprising the project are:
•Consolidating and relocating the County's core operations to Columbia Place Mall
•Redeveloping the current County Administration building into a new Judicial Center
•Constructing a multipurpose facility in the Lower Richland community
•Developing a business and tourism “start center" in the Broad River Road area
•"Revivify Richland," a revitalization strategy to improve the County's appearance and livability
•Creating a historic trail to spotlight cultural and historically significant landmarks
Several Richland County facilities are too small or outdated to provide optimal service. Since 2016, County staff have investigated solutions to this problem, and identified the opportunity to use vacant store space at Columbia Place Mall to house County offices. This frees up the Administration Building site in downtown Columbia to become a larger, more accessible Judicial Center. The rest of Richland Renaissance unfolded from this plan, with the genesis of the project centered on providing better public service and preparing for future growth and development.
The estimated cost for Richland Renaissance is $144 million and the project can be funded without an increase in millage. Click here to learn about how the project will be financed.
Click here to scroll through an informational booklet that summarizes Richland Renaissance, and here to watch a short video. Click here to watch highlights from the Richland Renaissance community meeting held Feb.13 at the former Dillard's store at Columbia Place Mall.