Hughes’ Bull Street project signs first tenant, launches website

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Greenville-based Hughes Development Corporations’ massive Bull Street project in Columbia is moving along with a brand-new website, video and its first tenant announced last week.

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Ogletree Deakins, a large labor and employment law firm, announced it will be the first tenant to occupy office space in BullStreet Commons’ First Base Building overlooking Spirit Communications Park. The firm negotiated a 10-year lease and will occupy 12,275 square feet on the fourth floor of the First Base Building, which will be the first office building constructed as part of the Bull St. Commons development.

The firm’s new space will be a combination of attorney offices and paralegal and legal assistant workstations, with open collaborative spaces and views of the city and Spirit Communications Park.

“We believe this is an opportunity to remain in the heart of the city and close to the courts, but also to take part in an exciting new chapter for Columbia,” said Kathy Helms, managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins’ Columbia office. “And most all of us love baseball.”

Ogletree Deakins is expected to move into its new office space in the First Base Building by early 2016.

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The Bull Street project covers 165 acres at the intersection of I-26 and I-77 in downtown Columbia located on the former state mental hospital property. It will be South Carolina’s first urban gigabit community and will feature Spirit Communications Park, a multi-venue and minor-league baseball stadium for the Columbia Fireflies; BullStreet Commons, 400,000 square feet of retail and restaurants; and the First Base Building, 100,000 square feet of Class A office and retail space. Future development includes residential components that will include thousands of single-family and multifamily homes and an additional 700,000 square feet of mixed-use.

Hughes Development Corporation is the master developer on the project. Greenville-based Hughes Commercial Properties and Miami-based Lennar Commercial are developing BullStreet Common. In February, The State reported 60 retailers and restaurants have signed letters of intent. No formal announcements aside from Ogletree Deakins have been made yet.

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“We’re building a town. Not a town center, but the center of town,” said Jackson Hughes of Hughes Commercial Properties.

The 20-year project is expected to create over 11,000 new jobs, have a total economic impact of $1.2 billion once completed and will bring $20 million in property taxes alone.

To view the video (which was done by Greenville-based Skyline Post) and the new website, visit bullstreetsc.com.

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