If you have driven down West Beltline Blvd for the last 20 years you have seen a transformation. A once vital hub for New and Used Car stores has given way to demolished buildings, empty parking lots, and dilapidated showrooms. The anchor during this time has been Godwin Motors a 30 year old Columbia Independent Used Car dealership. Godwin Motors original location is 3932 W Beltline Blvd but on January 1 2012 they moved just down the street to 4032 W Beltline blvd rehabbing an old Nissan Dealership and transforming some 2.5 acres of real estate. Since then they have added a Car Rental company at the old location and a new 3600 ft2 car service facility.
Fast forward to February 15, 2016 and you will notice some new demolishing taken place and new construction on the horizon. The City of Columbia purchased 4011 West Beltline Blvd back in 2009, their plan all along was to build a new building and move the water and sewer departments to this location. This long awaited project is finally underway, the old buildings are down and the new building construction should start soon.
Edens Plaza a long standing shopping center of the Belvedere community welcomes the neighbor. Not only will the new water and sewer department bring new folks to the area for its ten or so shops, it will also clean up this half decade eye sore. Members of the Belvedere community look forward to the new construction and believe in is a positive step to revitalize this community and hopefully helping out with the crime. This development may seem like a small step but it is a step long needed on this major thoroughfare in the City of Columbia. This once great community has been overlooked by the City of Columbia for years but now will house one of its busiest departments.