Columbia marks opening of new senior housing, thanks to remarkable public-private partnership

COLUMBIA, S.C. (June 3, 2019) – Columbia officially marked the opening of the city’s newest senior housing building on Friday, created through a remarkable partnership between local government, private developers and federal investment.

Veranda at North Main, a 58-unit senior apartment building for people 55 and older, was built by Atlanta-based The Integral Group in partnership with the Columbia Empowerment Zone, Inc. and PNC Bank. The project received $838,000 in low income housing tax credits from the South Carolina State Housing and Finance Authority.

The building is located across the street from Hyatt Park and next door to the North Main Plaza, Columbia Empower Zone’s retail project.

“The Veranda represents the evolution of a comprehensive neighborhood development strategy, offering residents affordable housing with a Main Street address, and supporting the development of healthy, sustainable communities in the North Main corridor,” said Egbert Perry, CEO and President of Integral.

“I’ve been saying all over the country that projects like this signify greatness for our country. The Columbia Empowerment Zone, Inc. has created a project that is accessible and affordable for the citizens of Columbia and that is one of the main reasons why this project is such a success for our community,” said Congressman James E. Clyburn.

Residents of the Veranda will have a Main Street address, access to medical care, pharmaceutical needs, limited financial services, cell phone services and fast food at the North Main Plaza. Other available services include access to front door public transportation, senior recreational activities at Hyatt Park, and in-house fitness, game and community rooms. Veranda is within walking distance of other eateries, small service type businesses and major medical services.

“When you think of the history of what we have been trying to do on this site for a number of years with community meetings, conversations with our neighbors and stakeholders and to see a vision now come into fruition right here at The Veranda at North Main; it is a big deal and a big day for the North Main corridor,” said Mayor Steve Benjamin.

The needs of seniors aging in place were considered in the design of the Veranda at North Main. The Veranda at North Main used resource efficient design and building materials, careful construction waste management and recycling, and energy efficient systems to lower the environmental impact of construction and to reduce the resource consumption by residents. Each unit is equipped with a five-piece Energy Star appliance package.

Project Description:
● Fifty-two affordable apartments
● Six market-rate apartments
● Three-story elevator building
● Medical care, retail businesses, recreation and other services on-site or within walking distance
● A low income housing tax credit project

Development Amenities:
● Game/recreation room
● Fully-equipped computer center
● Fully-equipped fitness center
● On-site mail and package room

Unit Amenities:
● Units are fully accessible
● Showers feature low-flow shower-heads with adjustable height
● Energy Star appliances
● Dishwashers, in-sink disposals, ceiling fans, and washer/dryers in every unit
● Stoves have front controls and powder-based fire suppression canisters

To apply for housing, future residents can call (855) 736-8223 or visit


About The Integral Group
Integral was founded by Egbert Perry in 1993. It is a private, community development and commercial real estate firm, with its headquarters in Atlanta and satellite offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver and Dallas. Integral’s mission is to create value in cities and (re)build the fabric of communities. Integral's portfolio includes master-planned, mixed-use developments; as well as multifamily, mixed income and independent and senior living projects in the Southeast and throughout the U.S.

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