Until its makeover in the summer of 2020, you may have referred to the Harden Street Parking Lot as the Exxon Lot as Newman’s Exxon was the previous occupier and a Five Points mainstay for five decades. After closing, the centrally located gas station was razed to add much needed parking for the hospitality district. The “Exxon Lot” became the most obvious destination identifier, especially while the station sign remained standing.
With some upgrades and added lighting, the sign still stands, illuminated identifying parking. In partnership, the City of Columbia & Five Points Association transformed the dilapidated lot with new pavement & curbing, plants, a mural, flagpole, and additional parking.