Posted in Reminders and News

Jan. 16, 2014 Meeting Minutes

Mike Miller, RCC Vice President, called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. Anne Burke, Michael Juras, and Dan Bilderbach of Columbia Resilience provided a summary of the organization’s purpose and described their planned activities to revitalize the fruit orchard at Owens Field Park. With the permission of the City of Columbia, they intend to build up the soil, plant new fruit trees to replace the trees that have died, and eventually turn the area into a food forest. They asked that residents who have yard clippings, lime, and other organic materials consider leaving them at the orchard site. A cleanup/work day at the orchard will be planned for the last Saturday of each month from 10am to 1pm (or the next day, 1pm-4pm in case of rain). Those interested in volunteering can contact Michael at

Karen Kuse of the Montessori School of Columbia presented improvements the school hopes to make to its property, which include an application to close to car traffic the 2800 block of Oceola. Emily Paavola of the school’s board said the school has filed a petition with the Richland County Circuit Court with an allowance for the City of Columbia to respond by Feb.17 to its petition. Ms. Paavola also stated that the recommendation to close the block came from the SCDOT. If the closing of the block is allowed, it will only affect car traffic; bikes and pedestrians would retain access. Residents expressed concerns that closing the block would route school traffic onto another block and asked the school to consider other options such as speed humps or reducing the speed limit. Ms. Kuse stated that she is open to residents’ suggestions and invited them to visit the school. The school also intends to build a new classroom building at 415 S. Maple and to renovate the home at 413 S. Maple. The school hopes to have concrete plans to present to the community at the April quarterly RCC meeting.

Scott Mechling presented his plans to add on to the building he owns at 2910 Rosewood Dr. (5th Ave. Deli location) and to open a liquor store in the additional space. The liquor store will open to the BP parking lot and will be operated by the owner of the BP, Terry Blanton. Mr. Mechling stated that the liquor store meets the city’s requirements regarding parking and distance from the church. Mr. Mechling also intends to tear down the building located at 3000 Rosewood (old appliance store) and build a new mixed use 7000 square foot building. He plans to move 5th Ave. Deli to the site, which will also include a fitness business and three to four additional spaces. He has asked the city for a variance to the building’s set back so that it will be in line with 2910 Rosewood.

David Miller of Rosewood Baptist Church stated that he and his congregation were opposed to a liquor store at the location. Many residents expressed concerns about the traffic in the BP parking lot and the corner of Holly and Rosewood St. as well as the impact of having a liquor store in the area.

The next quarterly RCC meeting will be held April 17, 2014.

Posted in Meetings, Reminders and News

July 18, 2013 Meeting Minutes

Rosewood Community Council
7/18/2013 Quarterly Meeting
Hamilton-Owens Airport conference room

Jenna Stephens called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. Tommy Burkett was introduced and made a few remarks about his run for the at-large seat on the Columbia City Council. The election will be held this November.

Karen Kuse, director of the Montessori School of Columbia, presented the school’s expansion plans. The school has been planning an expansion of its physical space for a number of years and has purchased an adjoining property (415 S. Maple). In addition, the school hopes to purchase the property at 413 S. Maple. The school is not planning to greatly increase the number of students enrolled but intends to build a new facility and parking/drop-off area.

Zoning updates:

1. A craft beer store has been granted a special exception to locate in the site formerly occupied by Game Stop in the Publix shopping center.

2. RCC has applied for a two-year extension of its community character overlay. The city plans to rewrite all zoning laws; once that has been done, a decision will be made whether or not to make the community character overlay permanent.

The City of Columbia Police Department has relocated its K-9 unit to an office on Adeline Dr. Sgt. Blendowski and Officer White attended the meeting to show appreciation of the community’s support. The Department’s drug suppression team will eventually be located at this site, as well.

Officer Broder of the Department’s Proactive Community Enforcement (PACE) unit provided a crime update. Jenna reminded residents that the Department provides free home security assessments. Call (803) 545-3555 to set an appointment.

Jenna shared a speed study of Rosewood that was recently completed by the City. RCC’s executive committee and meeting attendees had identified which streets might benefit from traffic calming measures such as speed humps. Several residents expressed support for a four-way stop at the intersection of Holly and Montgomery. Another option is reducing the speed limit in the neighborhood to 25.

RCC officer elections will be held at the October quarterly meeting. All current officers have been re-nominated. Jenna opened the floor for additional nominations, which will be accepted until the October meeting.

Rosewood’s National Night Out event is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 6-8 pm (rescheduled for Aug. 13). Last year nearly 200 Rosewood residents attended the event. This year’s event will feature refreshments, a bounce house, a waterslide, CPD officers, and a fire truck. RCC also plans to hold a grand re-opening of Rosewood Park to showcase its improvements. The Central Rosewood Neighborhood Association also intends to hold another event this fall.

The next quarterly RCC meeting will be held Oct. 17, 2013.

Posted in Planning & Zoning

Montessori School Expansion Plans

The Montessori School of Columbia, located on Oceola in Rosewood, plans to expand their campus. The school has purchased the home at 415 S. Maple Street and is in the process of purchasing the home at 413 S. Maple St. They plan to demolish both homes and construct a new building on their property. View the architect’s renderings here.

You can see pictures of the proposed building on the school’s website. Please note these plans were developed before the opportunity to purchase 413 S. Maple became available and the parking situation has changed.

Posted in Meetings

July 18 RCC Meeting

Join us on Thursday, July 18th, at 6:30 p.m. for the quarterly RCC meeting. We will have Karen Kuse of The Montessori School of Columbia to discuss the school’s plans for expansion along Maple Street.

Also on the agenda: CPD K-9 unit, City Council at-large candidate Tommy Burkett, RCC election nominations, and other zoning updates.

The meeting will be held at the Hamilton-Owens Field Airport conference room, 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd. [Map] See you there!

Posted in Events

Montessori School Open House

The Montessori School of Columbia recently expanded their operations in Rosewood. The school renovated two homes on Oceola Street, giving them room to move the preschool to the neighborhood. They have invited Rosewood residents to an open house on Thursday, November 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please join us to see the renovations and meet the faculty!

New playground at the Montessori School
Home renovated by the Montessori School
Home renovated by the Montessori School that now houses the preschool