More luxury riverfront apartments planned in Cayce

Riverfront living in Cayce is about to get another boost.

The Greenville-based developers of the popular Tremont apartment complex on Knox Abbott Drive are crossing the street and are set to build another, separate complex called the Brickworks. The name harkens to the historic Guignard brick kilns that are located on the property, which is near the entrance to the Cayce Riverwalk.

Although in Lexington County, the location is a stone’s throw from the University of South Carolina campus. But the apartments are not being marketed as student housing, said developer Hunter Gibson of Standard Capital Partners.

“It’s just a hop, skip and jump to visit Carolina’s baseball stadium and all the nightlife that is offered in downtown Columbia,” he said. “Like the Tremont and Granby Crossing, we’re going to focus on young professionals and retirees and everybody in between.”

Riverfront living and dining have been a priority for communities on both sides of the Congaree River for three decades. And the Brickworks is part of a new wave of market rate apartments that began with CanalSide on the Columbia side of the river a decade ago.

“People want to live on the water,” said Mike Dawson, executive director of the River Alliance, which was formed more than 30 years ago to boost residential, retail and recreational development along the region’s three rivers — the Congaree, Broad and Saluda.

“It took a while to start the wave,” he said. “But what started in Columbia with CanalSide is being mirrored on the West Columbia/Cayce side. We’re seeing the second wave if you will.”

The Brickworks will consist of 186 units. Construction will begin in January with completion expected for the first quarter of 2019, Gibson said.

The complex will offer studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Gibson said the prices would depend on the market rates when they are completed.

In addition to the Tremont, Brickworks and CanalSide, river view or riverfront apartments are also planned for the former Kline Steel property and SCANA bus barn property on Huger Street, and the Brookland development on the former “Pit” in West Columbia.

“There’s a lot of high-end market rate product coming to Columbia,” Gibson said, “and there’s a lot more coming.”

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