New Waterfront Mixed-Use Development on Daniel Island Planned

New Waterfront Mixed-Use Development on Daniel Island Planned

By | Charleston SC, Construction, Design

A new 22-acre development on Daniel Island has been proposed to be built in phases along the waterfront.  River Landing Village will be built at the end of River Landing Drive and Pier View Street and will be a mixed- use development to include 300 condominiums and townhomes, two new public-access piers, and commercial retail space and restaurants along the Wando River. East West Partners, a Colorado real estate company that specializes in upscale residential developments (Denver, Vail Valley and…

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$325 Million Mount Pleasant Development Rises on Charleston Harbor

$325 Million Mount Pleasant Development Rises on Charleston Harbor

By | Charleston SC, commercial construction, commercial development, Construction, Economic Growth, Mount Pleasant, Tourism, Uncategorized

The East Cooper side of Charleston Harbor will soon see the development of an 18-acre parcel that will furnish 1 million square feet of office space, retail, hospitality, and residential space.  The Ferry Wharf development, with views across the harbor of downtown Charleston, is being developed by Bennet Hospitality of Charleston and Atlanta-based Holder Properties.  The development is already under construction with a five-story 120,000 square foot office building called Portside.  The office building is already 45 percent preleased to…

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3 Important Factors to Consider When Updating Office Space Design

3 Important Factors to Consider When Updating Office Space Design

By | Office Design, Space Planning

Your office space design plays a big role in how well your business performs and how successful you are with employee satisfaction and retention.  Here are three important factors to consider when you redesign an office space. 1.Modernize your office space to boost your brand and employee morale. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. employees are not fully engaging in their jobs which reduces productivity and costs the economy between $450 and $550 billion a year in lost productivity. This trend continues…

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89 Percent of New South Carolina Residents from Out of State

89 Percent of New South Carolina Residents from Out of State

By | SC

South Carolina continues to grow at a fast pace, and is the 9th-fastest growing state in the country.  A flood of new residents, mostly from out of state, continue to move here.  The population for the Palmetto State has nearly doubled since 1970 according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates. This growth is due to new residents moving here rather than an increased birth rate.  Nevada and Idaho were the fastest growing states in the country with a 2.1 percent…

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Demand is Strong for Office Space in Charleston

Demand is Strong for Office Space in Charleston

By | Charleston, Charleston SC, commercial construction, commercial development, commercial real estate, Commercial Space

The growth in the number of people who live and work in the Charleston area have increased demand for office space according to research done by Marcus & Millichap, a California-based commercial real estate brokerage and research company. New business headquarters and centers are interested in renting office space in Charleston as a result of increased employment and population gains in the Lowcountry.  Charleston increased total employment by 1.5 percent since last year with 5,200 new jobs created.  “The unemployment…

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Federal Regulators Approve Expansion of Charleston’s Waterfront Park

Federal Regulators Approve Expansion of Charleston’s Waterfront Park

By | Charleston SC, commercial construction, commercial development

Plans to extend Joe Riley Waterfront Park to the north and front of a luxury apartment building have been approved by federal regulators.  The “River Walk” project will expand by 400 feet of land along the Charleston Harbor and will be accessible to the public. The work to expand this project will begin in 2019 and is expected to be completed by 2021. The waterfront park is the “most visited” park in downtown Charleston, and will extend from the north…

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Revitalization of North Charleston’s South End Fall Short

Revitalization of North Charleston’s South End Fall Short

By | Charleston SC, commercial development

Revitalization of North Charleston’s South End continues to seem illusive with little progress and broken promises.  There is hope that the commercial corridors of Rivers and Reynolds Avenue will be revitalized, as well as the surrounding Chicora-Cherokee community, but it has been a long wait. Omar Muhammad, president of the nonprofit Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities, sees great potential for this part of town.  “This area down here is really going to grow, just because of the port and the…

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Contractors Expect Big Changes in Next 5 Years Compared to the Last 50 Years

Contractors Expect Big Changes in Next 5 Years Compared to the Last 50 Years

By | Construction

A recent survey found nearly 67 percent of contractors in the engineering and construction industries believe there will be more change in the next 5 years than the past 50.  The survey, “Managing Risk in the Digital Age,” was conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America Management, along with the consulting and banking firm FMI Corp. It focused on how contractors view risk and their perceptions of how their industries would change in the future. The survey found that nearly…

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Efforts Underway to Preserve Beidler Forest as Development Encroaches

Efforts Underway to Preserve Beidler Forest as Development Encroaches

By | commercial development, SC

The Audubon Society’s Francis Beidler Forest is an 18,500-acre bird and wildlife sanctuary located in upper Dorchester County.  The sanctuary is not a place you would find by accident since it is located off  a two-lane country road in Harleyville. New industries and residential neighborhoods are beginning to encroach on the edges of the Beidler Forest and the 45,000-acre Four Holes Swamp as new roads and development go up all around it. “This has always been a very rural part…

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Flexible Office Space is the New Normal for the Future

Flexible Office Space is the New Normal for the Future

By | Commercial Space, Office Design

More and more businesses from startups to established companies are using flexible office space for their employees to provide a lower cost alternative and more user-friendly space to the traditional office setting. Building owners are increasingly embracing the concept of flexible office space and leaving behind preconceived views on leasing office space.  They are becoming curators of building community and facilitating workplace experiences. “For owners, dealing with small tenants has never been something that you wanted to focus on,” said…

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Sgt. Jasper Apartments Finally Breaks Ground

Sgt. Jasper Apartments Finally Breaks Ground

By | Charleston SC, commercial construction, commercial development

Developers finally broke ground recently to build a 12-story 219-unit multifamily housing and commercial complex at the former Sergeant Jasper site on Broad Street in Charleston.   Construction of the multimillion-dollar buildings, called The Jasper, should be completed by 2020.  The Beach Co. is the developer of the upscale project near Colonial Lake. The large commercial building is one of the largest buildings the city’s Board of Architectural Review (BAR) has ever approved. The space will include 25,000 square feet of…

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South Carolina’s Annexation Laws Create Inequities

South Carolina’s Annexation Laws Create Inequities

By | SC

South Carolina’s annexation laws have prevented many cities from growing in an orderly fashion, even though urban areas are the driving force behind the state’s economy. In many cases the current annexation laws favor rural areas due to their longstanding domination in state politics, as well as support of property rights. A bill was introduced this year to reform the annexation laws, but did not go very far in the state legislature. The bill’s sponsor, State Representative Mandy Powers Norrell…

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Retailers Repurposing Square Footage for Office Space

Retailers Repurposing Square Footage for Office Space

By | Commercial Space

Online shopping continues to transform retail, and is reshaping the real estate market as well. Retailers used to house merchandise in department stores with many floors above the street level, and in most cases had buildings without office space.  Now there is a shift, evidenced by real estate investors seeking to have a more mixed-used space. In Manhattan, this trend to edge out retail for office space is becoming more prevalent.  Normandy Real Estate recently invested $133 million to convert…

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Big Changes Ahead for Multifamily Housing

Big Changes Ahead for Multifamily Housing

By | commercial construction, commercial development, commercial real estate

At a recent conference on multifamily development, BMC Investment CEO Matt Joblon predicted big changes in the multifamily housing market during the next two decades. He said “co-living is a real possibility where people are sharing kitchens and common areas and just having bedrooms.  I think that will evolve.  Things will get smaller and tighter, and it will be more about the experience.” He compared this trend to Facebook where people are looking for a digital connection.  He believes that…

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Housing Development Plans Approved in Tri-County Area

Housing Development Plans Approved in Tri-County Area for up to 267,000 More People

By | Charleston SC, Construction

New housing development approvals will allow 105,000 new homes with the capacity to house 267,000 more people in the Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.  The ability to house new residents will push the number of people living in the tri-county area to over 1 million people. The Post & Courier examined the number of homes approved for new construction in the metropolitan area by gathering information from local governments and reviewing development agreements. The new housing construction will economically benefit the…

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