August 11, 2014
In the August 8th edition of The State, reporter Roddie Burris calls on Nexsen Pruet attorney, and former Columbia Mayor, Bob Coble for further insight into the development of downtown Columbia.
"“I think you have to look at downtown as Main Street, the Vista and the riverfront,” Coble said. “Everyone who invests in Columbia, looks at it that way. It’s been a decades-long effort and I congratulate Mayor Benjamin for the tremendous job he’s done with it.”
Coble, who served as mayor from 1990 to 2010, said everything from infrastructure to office and commercial development to retail establishment and finally residential development have been critical to getting downtown Columbia where it is now.
Infrastructure development, according to Coble, includes the streetscaping on Gervais and Main streets and the development of the Columbia Museum of Art, the Three Rivers Greenway and the Colonial Life Center. All have been critical contributors to the area’s quality of life offerings, and were spurred by public investment, he said."
Bob Coble served as Mayor of Columbia for 20 years and now co-chairs Nexsen Pruet's Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Practice Team.