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Five Points Continues Centennial Efforts in 2016 with Groundbreaking of Centennial Plaza

Five Points, Columbia’s original village neighborhood, has begun its next 100 years with the continuation of Centennial projects and beautification efforts in 2016. The Five Points Association and its gracious partners within the community have collaborated on the construction of Five Points’ Centennial Plaza, located at the intersection of Blossom Street, Congaree and Santee Avenues, since early 2015. The Five Points Association will now join the City of Columbia and other honored guests to officially break ground on the Centennial Plaza on Tuesday, September 20th.

The completion of the Centennial Plaza will culminate efforts of Five Points’ Centennial Year, and will perpetuate the rich history of the village neighborhood as the third water feature to be built in its footprint since the mid 1990’s.  This beautification effort and tourism initiative would not have been possible without the generous support of the City of Columbia, Richland County, the Columbia Development Corporation, the Rotary Club of Columbia, and TD Bank.


Groundbreaking Information:

Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Time: 10:00am

Location: Intersection of Blossom Street, Congaree and Santee Avenues


Five Points’ Centennial Plaza Features:

Water Feature

The Centennial Plaza will feature a 6’ rotating granite kugel, a floating sphere fitting in a similarly shaped pocket, which is able to rotate by floating over a film of pressurized water and can be safely interacted with. The kugel will weigh over 40,000 pounds, making it the largest in the state of South Carolina.

A Tribute to Colonel Jack Van Loan

Included in the Centennial Plaza will be a bronze statue of Col. Jack Van Loan, US Air Force Retired. Col. Van Loan was a pilot during the conflict in Vietnam, and a POW for nearly six years in North Vietnam. Since his return   to Columbia, S.C. in the 1980’s, he has been a valuable and cherished member of the Five Points community.


The construction of the plaza provides an opportunity to plant new canopy trees and flowers, enhancing the currently empty space.  Additionally, the curb lines of Blossom Street, Santee Avenue and Congaree Avenue will be redesigned to slow traffic leading into the Wales Garden neighborhood and to provide better connectivity between our neighboring residential communities and the Five Points business district.


Centennial Plaza Timeline:

The Centennial Plaza is scheduled to be completed in early November 2016, with an unveiling ceremony planned for Veterans’ Day, November 11th at 3pm.  The event is free and open to the public.  More details will be released as they become available.


About Five Points:

Five Points has served as downtown Columbia, S.C.’s original village neighborhood for shopping, dining, entertainment and personal services since 1915. Extending from the intersection of Santee Avenue, Harden and Devine Streets to the surrounding residential neighborhoods and USC, Five Points encompasses nearly 150 businesses, many of which are locally, independently owned. Five Points celebrated its Centennial throughout 2015 and kicked off the start of the next 100 years in 2016 with fresh community events, public initiatives and district enhancements.

About the Five Points Association:

The Five Points Association is a non-profit organization whose principal task is ensuring that Five Points remains an integral and important part of the City of Columbia. The Association has accomplished many major infrastructure, development and beautification projects over the years. The Association hosts annual events, such as the Chili Cook-Off and St. Pat’s in Five Points, which continue to entertain thousands of people within the City of Columbia, as well as visitors from around the state of South Carolina and beyond.



To learn more about Five Points, please visit www.FivePointsColumbia.com.

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