Title Ready near Devine to shave, transformed into green space


Columbia residents walked past the green and yellow Title Loans building near Devine Street and saw a reminder of the destructive and deadly 2015 flood. Now the building and grounds need to be cleaned up.

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

The statement said that 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 accordance with the conditions of the granting of the grant, police said.

The demolition will take place on March 18.

Another property that housed a loan business across Devine Street is still destroyed by the 2015 floods.

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

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