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July 19,  2021


Construction on a 17-story student housing tower at the corner of Assembly and Washington streets in downtown Columbia is now underway.

CRG, the real estate development and investment arm of Chicago-based Clayco, and student housing private developer and operator Landmark Properties broke ground on The Standard at Columbia on Tuesday. The 678-bed tower will include 247 fully furnished units, a rooftop pool, a fitness and wellness center and other amenities when completed in fall 2023.

“After many years of competing with Landmark for the best sites in the best university towns, it was fun to be able to put together a synergistic partnership that brings our two teams together to create a signature property for the students in Columbia,” J.J. Smith, CRG managing partner, said in a news release. “The Standard will create an unmatched experience for students in downtown Columbia.”

Apartments will range from studio to five-bedroom units in the 443,000-square-foot building. Preleasing will begin this fall, according to the release.

“We’re excited to partner with CRG to bring this premier student living experience to residents of Columbia,” Wes Rogers, Landmark Properties president and CEO, said. “There is strong demand for quality living options in the downtown submarket, and this project will deliver unsurpassed amenities to serve students at the University of South Carolina.”

Citizens Bank provided construction funding, while CRG’s integrated partner Lamar Johnson Collaborative designed the project. Parent company Clayco will serve as the general contractor.


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