Plans for a seven-story hotel in downtown Columbia South Carolina’s Vista received an approval from the City Planning Commission. The commission approved plans for construction of a combined Homewood Suites and Tru Hotel, designed by architect Craig Otto. The 249-room hotel will occupy an L-shaped lot at Gervais and Williams streets in the Vista. The property would include outdoor patio space with a kitchen, fire pits and seating areas, as well as a 430-space parking lot with ground-floor space for artists’ studios. The project is being developed by Naman Hotels.