Title Loans near Devine to Shave, turned into green space

Columbia residents walked past the green and yellow Securities Lending Building near Devine Street and saw a reminder of the destructive and deadly flood of 2015. Now the building and grounds need to be cleared.

The city of Columbia received a grant from FEMA to purchase distressed homes and the vacant business, according to a statement from the Columbia Police Department.

The statement said the grant was awarded after “extensive information gathering and a lengthy application process…”.

After demolition, the land will become a green space “in perpetuity” in compliance with the conditions for obtaining the grant, said the police headquarters.

The demolition will take place on March 18.

Another property that housed a lending business across Devine Street still remains devastated by the 2015 floods.

This story was originally published March 16, 2019 9:41 a.m.

David Travis Bland has won the SC Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for Community Journalism. He joined The State in 2018. He writes about crime, law enforcement and the criminal justice system. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2010.
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