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Columbia’s Vista fire station to be redeveloped

Columbia, SC, August 13, 2015 – The first stage of redevelopment of Columbia’s historic Vista Fire Station will launch later this year, according to the new owner, Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, which purchased the property at the end of June. The property, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, will be renovated to offer upscale space for restaurants, retailers and/or office users while maintaining its historic character. Wheeler has partnered with Colliers International’s JP Scurry, CCIM and Scottie Smith to launch a leasing campaign for the property.

Located in the downtown Vista district, the Vista Fire Station was one of the most advanced fire stations when built between 1949 and 1951, but has struggled to find a purpose in the reimagined Vista, which has transformed from a warehouse district to a vibrant commercial, residential, shopping, dining and arts district.

Jon S. Wheeler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We first began pursuing this property over three years ago, and I am very pleased to have the opportunity to acquire this historic and centrally located asset. Columbia’s Vista Fire Station is in a prime location where retail is thriving and the area is rich in historic and cultural offerings that attract local residents and visitors. We view it as one of the best opportunities in the city for its location and visibility in the Vista. Upon completion of the project, we believe that this retail property will generate strong returns on our investment.”

Scurry, a Vice President of Colliers International South Carolina, and Smith, a Brokerage Associate, are members of the Colliers International Retail Services Team and have successfully leased a number of properties in the Vista.

“It is exciting to see such a historic property get a second chance to be a thriving part of the city,” said Scurry. “It is a very attractive opportunity for new businesses to embrace that historic character in such a well-located building.”

The redeveloped Vista Fire Station will have up to 35,000 square feet available for lease, and Colliers International is actively seeking tenants now.


Colliers International South Carolina has over 150 staff members, including 64 real estate professionals. Total brokerage volume for the firm in 2017 exceeded $680 million involving over 900 sales and leasing transactions. Colliers International is the largest manager of commercial property in South Carolina and is an Accredited Management Organization (AMO) through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), with a portfolio at year-end 2017 of approximately 14 million square feet of office, industrial, retail and healthcare properties. Colliers International’s staff holds 53 professional designations, the most of any firm in South Carolina.

Colliers International Group Inc. (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI) is an industry leading global real estate services company with 15,000 skilled professionals operating in 68 countries. With an enterprising culture and significant employee ownership, Colliers professionals provide a full range of services to real estate occupiers, owners and investors worldwide. Services include strategic advice and execution for property sales, leasing and finance; global corporate solutions; property, facility and project management; workplace solutions; appraisal, valuation and tax consulting; customized research; and thought leadership consulting.

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