Columbia Design League Hosts Rolling Tour of Growing BullStreet District, Sat. Feb. 9

(Columbia, SC) — The Columbia Design League, an affiliate group of the Columbia Museum of Art, will host “Meet the Designer: BullStreet by Bus,” a bus tour of the BullStreet District on Saturday, February 9 beginning at Bone-In Barbeque at 2 p.m. In this ticketed behind-the-scenes tour, master developer Robert Hughes and project manager Chandler Cox of Hughes Development Corporation will show attendees around and, in some cases, inside key destinations within the 181-acre site to showcase the district’s ongoing transformation and future projects.

Attendance for “Meet the Designer: BullStreet by Bus” is $35 per person for current members of the Columbia Design League and $45 for nonmembers. You must RSVP: by February 6 to attend. Seats are limited.

The BullStreet District: is a 20-year, 181-acre project to transform the historic S.C. State Hospital site into a vibrant, mixed-use district in downtown Columbia, S.C. The state’s first urban gigabit community, BullStreet is now home to Segra Park (formerly Spirit Communications Park, the home of the Columbia Fireflies Minor League Baseball team), Bone-In Barbeque, new special event venue Central Energy (home of Downtown Church), SOCO, SCDNR’s Parker Annex Archaeology Center, TownPark at BullStreet townhomes and businesses in the First Base Building including Ogletree Deakins, Capgemini, Central Carolina Community Foundation and Founders Credit Union. Work is in progress on the Merrill Gardens senior living community as well as a new 20-acre City of Columbia public park and the new University of South Carolina Health Sciences campus among other ventures.

Ticket holders will gather at Bone-In Barbeque at 2 p.m., where a light buffet sampling from the Bone-In menu will be provided along with a complimentary beverage. A cash bar will also be available. Hughes Development Corporation project manager Chandler Cox will join guests to answer questions until the tour(s) begin.

The bus tour, which will visit nine stops within the district, will be led by Hughes Development Corporation president Robert Hughes. Some tour stops will offer complimentary wine and cheese. Guests should plan for some walking outdoors (pending ground conditions and weather), uneven terrain and multiple trips on and off the bus to tour open buildings. Due to time constraints, active construction and pre-planned events, some stops will be viewed from the bus.

Areas of interest on the tour will include:
• Historic Ensor Building
• Merrill Gardens active senior community
• 20-acre City of Columbia public park
• Central Energy event venue (new home of Downtown Church)
• SCDNR's Parker Annex Archaeology Center
• TownPark at BullStreet townhomes
• SOCO at the historic Bakery
• Babcock Building (from exterior)
• Capgemini’s S.C. headquarters in the First Base Building
• Segra Park

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To become a member of the Columbia Design League or renew your membership, visit and add affiliate membership to the Columbia Design League. The cost of Columbia Design League membership is $25 for two adults, $15 for one adult or $5 for students, plus the cost of museum membership.

About the Columbia Design League
The Columbia Design League (CDL) is an affiliate group of the Columbia Museum of Art: The group works to educate others about design excellence, emphasize the importance of great design, and to broaden understanding of how good design affects nearly every facet of life. The CDL gathers its membership for an annual series of meetings and welcomes guests and nonmembers with an interest in design. For details, visit or follow us on Facebook:, Twitter: and Instagram:

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