Redeveloping an American City

The American City Building, built in 1968 as the second office building to be constructed in Columbia, is dismantled from the inside out. It is being demolished to make room for a mixed-use project that will house office, retail and restaurant space.

Building demolitions of this scale usually cost between $500,000.00 and $1,000,000.00. But the recycled scrap metal—in particular the structural beams—can then bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars after being sold to recyclers.

The redevelopment is part of the larger Downtown Columbia project, which centers on the Merriweather District near Lake Kittamqundi. The overall project will include 14 million square feet1 of mixed-use development, including 6,250 residential units and 640 hotel rooms.

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