Olympia & Granby Mills

Olympia & Granby Mills


Project Profile

Number of Units:
Former Use:
Current Use:
Residential Luxury Loft
Dog-Friendly, Fitness Facility, In-Unit Laundry, Onsite Laundry Facilities, Parking
1 million sf
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600 Heyward Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Originally built in the 1890s, the Olympia and Granby Mills properties served for nearly a century as vital working cotton mills in the state capital of Columbia, SC. In fact, they were a key component of the “mill village” that drove the local economy, which was based almost entirely on cotton during that time, and provided jobs for workers to run their more than 2,000 collective textile looms. After closing in 1996, the two buildings sat vacant for a decade before being acquired and renovated by PMC in 2007.


The renovated adjacent buildings, which sit on a 20-acre parcel of land, now boast a combined 345 high-end apartments and lofts ranging in size from 1,500-2,800 sf. Because of their close proximity to the University of South Carolina campus, local sports stadiums, and the Congaree River, the renovations were done with college students and active youths in mind. Amenities include indoor and outdoor basketball courts, tennis and sand volleyball courts, a large outdoor pool with grilling and picnic areas, and a fenced dog park.


This restoration and adaptive reuse conversion project at Olympia and Granby Mills, which encompasses a massive 1 million square feet of residential and recreational space, played a key role in the revitalization of downtown Columbia that was taking place in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the addition of many art galleries, shops, and restaurants.