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Columbia’s Bull St. Development Update

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Many of you have heard of Columbia’s Bull St. development project.  But if you haven’t, it’s a 20-year, 181-acre project to transform the historic S.C. State Hospital site into a mixed-use neighborhood.  The new Columbia Fireflies baseball team is there with their new stadium.  And many other new tenants are on site as well, some of them in newly restored historic buildings.  However, some are complaining the development isn’t moving along fast enough.

Mike Switzer interviews Robert Hughes, president of Hughes Development Corporation, the Bull Street project manager.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.