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Harbison Medical Building, 320 Harbison Boulevard: Late May 2011   19 comments

Posted at 12:11 am in closing

Commenter William mentioned some months ago that this place was going under the wrecking ball to become yet-another shopping center in the Harbision area.

The developer's site has quite a thorough pitch for the place, which they're calling Columbiana On Park. Their PDFs include all sorts of demographic breakdowns of the area and traffic analysis. Certainly they will put the best face forward for prospective tenants, but I have to wonder if they have considered two things:

1) The economy still stinks and many existing sites (even upscale ones like Sandhill) are having a hard time keeping tenants and attracting shoppers


2) Harbison is already a nightmare. Will adding yet more retail have a Yogi Berra effect? Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded.

The first set is from 22 Jan 2011:

The second set is from 21 May 2011:

(Hat tips to commenter William for the initial notice and commenter Andrew for the demolition notice)

UPDATE 25 May 2011: Removed some pictures of other things that got in by mistake..

UPDATE 27 May 2011: Added 22 Jan 2011 Photoset. Added a night time-exposure from 27 May 2011. Pretty much only the elevator shaft(?) remains:

UPDATE 31 May 2011: Added 21 May 2011 Photoset.

UPDATE 10 January 2012 -- Work continues in these pictures from 1 October 2011:

Complete 1 October 2011 photoset is below (and also contains the start of construction on the Park Terrace Wal-Mart parking lot).


Photoset 22 Jan 2011.

Photoset 21 May 2011.

Photoset 17 July 2011

Photoset 1 October 2011.

Written by ted on May 25th, 2011

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19 Responses to 'Harbison Medical Building, 320 Harbison Boulevard: Late May 2011'

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  1. Kinda sad to see it go. My wife's OB/GYN was in there, she worked at Allied Signal/Honeywell (pre Shaw), and had some sudden complications with the pregnancy of our oldest son. This was during the rush hour time frame, and before Parkridge Baptist was built. She pulled into there, and even though the complications weren't related to the pregnancy, they could've affected it. Her wonderful OB/GYN put her in his own car, drove her straight up to the emergency entrance at downtown Baptist, instructed them on what to do, parked his car and came in and stayed with her till she was stable!


    25 May 11 at 5:15 pm

  2. There's a dedicated doctor JBL...

    Each Friday The State runs a Talking Shop article published by retail reporter Kristy Eppley Rupon that keeps track of many area developments that are taking place around town. I intend to keep an eye out on this weekly writeup to see if any details come along.


    25 May 11 at 5:34 pm

  3. Fantastic. That's going to make parking at that Chick fil A even more of a terrible adventure.


    26 May 11 at 12:41 pm

  4. It was mentioned in The State that the McD's from up the street from this area was going to move to this parcel, along with the other associated development.

    Jason A

    26 May 11 at 3:17 pm

  5. I hope they will be donating/recycling/reusing all those fixtures and cabinets and not just tossing them in the landfill. Sorry, kind of random but it was bugging me when I looked at the demolition pictures.


    27 May 11 at 12:15 pm

  6. JasonA mentioned the Mickey D's moving down the street. I sure hope to goodness that means they will finally fix the Walmart/ Best Buy Jamil/Saturn Pky(whatever that road is now) and Harbison Blvd intersection. It is such an unnecessary nightmare now. It and the Park Terrace and Harbison intersection that this whole thread is about. You know, people always talk about how bad the Harbison area is to visit, and how they would never go there to shop or eat. But I think a large part of the problem is haphazard, piecemeal unplanned, unregulated construction, with ridiculous, unnecessecarily stupid traffic patterns. Developers just" build it and let someone else worry about how to get there.
    The other thing I think about when I hear people complaining about the crowded scene at Harbison is Yogi Berra, "Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded!" lol


    29 May 11 at 3:30 pm

  7. JBL, I'm with you on the need to rework Saturn Parkway and Harbison. The Best Buy is tricky to access at times. The (7006) Two Notch Store (#270) does better than the Columbiana Mall Store (#264; 370 Harbison Blvd.) and I think the tricky configuration thereof probably plays a role in why that is the case. I feel it's unfortunate that I have to make this call, but I think it makes too much sense for government operations to actually rework Saturn Parkway.

    Harbison Blvd. needs right turn lanes onto Columbiana Drive and Park Terrace Drive as it would give that ≈370 ft. stretch of roadway better traffic flow. While I have my doubts about doing this, I have actually thought about wiring Reality Link Properties (who is developing the new Columbiana on Park) and suggesting they add a right turn lane onto Park Terrace Drive on the side of their new development since I think that will help with traffic flow.

    It isn't uncommon to turn left off of Columbiana Drive onto Harbison and get in a backup that clogs that intersection since the light next over at Park Terrace Drive is red and the similar holds true with Park Terrace turning left towards St. Andrews and I've been of the belief for several years now that adding Right turn lanes onto each of these streets would help the traffic flow.

    Saturn Parkway could stand to be revamped around where Walmart and Best Buy but unfortunately I am unable to think of a feasible solution. The map of the current configuration looks good on paper but the actual traffic flow gets clogged too easily. I am open to hearing any good solutions anyone has.


    29 May 11 at 8:01 pm

  8. Andrew said, "Saturn Parkway could stand to be revamped around where Walmart and Best Buy but unfortunately I am unable to think of a feasible solution.... I am open to hearing any good solutions anyone has...."
    You are right, it is a longstanding mess. But the moving of McDonalds is the key to the feasible solution. Tear down that building, have a light way back at the hotel for the traffic out of the hotel, Walmart and Best Buy(with the Best Buy driveway winding back there on the footprint of the current Saturn Pkwy.) Have Saturn Pkwy move over through the corner of the current Walmart lot, and go right where the McD sits now, with three lanes turning left and three lanes turning right. It will be a little farther from the I-26 on ramp light, which will be good.


    30 May 11 at 12:22 am

  9. My business is on saturn parkway. How can i be a part of this planning?

    sam almassri

    19 Aug 11 at 5:31 pm

  10. @sam I wish I knew how to answer but sadly many of these ideas may never come to fruition. My dad feels that Harbison needs a bridge intersection around Park Terrace and Columbiana Drive...but it's too late and cost prohibitive now so let's add additional right turn lanes to help keep the traffic flowing. Harbison Blvd handles ≈35K VPD and allowing the extra right turn lanes will aid in the traffic flow.

    I would easily present these ideas to the folks planning this but I lack the knowhow to go about it..

    Columbiana Drive & Park Terrace easily have traffic counts of 10-15K VPD each but I have no way to know for sure (since they aren't SCDOT Maintained).

    Saturn Parkway most likely sees somewhere in the neighborhood of 5-10K VPD but I feel that the interstate visibility works to its advantage with regard to what's located along said road (it's along a stretch of I-26 that sees 100K VPD).


    19 Aug 11 at 9:11 pm

  11. folks, McDonald's has established themselves firmly in their new spot at this site and a right turn lane I have felt is needed onto Park Terrace Drive is firmly in only if Columbiana Drive can get a similar one it'll help improve traffic flow...


    28 Nov 11 at 12:14 am

  12. I just looked at the 1 Oct. 2011 photoset and I am unable to place the location of the very last picture contained in that one...


    10 Jan 12 at 11:28 pm

  13. Hmm. Yep, that one probably should have been pruned out. It *is* from 1 Oct, but is of the warehouse area between Farrow Road and SC-277. I was looking for a way to an empty warehouse visible from I-20, but never found it.


    10 Jan 12 at 11:35 pm

  14. folks, I stumbled upon this writeup showing what Columbiana on Park will look like


    17 Mar 12 at 12:08 am

  15. folks, the old McDonald's at the intersection of Harbison Blvd. and Saturn Parkway has been demolished (not sure what for)


    21 Jun 12 at 4:22 pm

  16. Dear Sir:

    Do you know the name of the demolition company? I am trying to trace down what happened to the elevator that they removed.


    David Jones

    23 Aug 12 at 11:35 am

  17. Sorry, no. You can look through the full 21 May 2011 photoset linked at the bottom of the post to see if you can find any clues, but the closest thing I see is the vendor who provided the dumpsters.


    23 Aug 12 at 12:50 pm

  18. Staples is about to move into the new Columbiana on Park Complex with an opening date scheduled for March 14, 2013


    2 Mar 13 at 4:21 pm

  19. Staples has completed their transition into their new site.

    Signage for HomeGoods, Ulta and DSW have been installed.

    Consignment 1st is having a moving sale (unsure where they might move)


    7 Apr 13 at 11:14 pm

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