Population Growth Soars by Nearly 63,000 in the Palmetto State

Population Growth Soars by Nearly 63,000 in the Palmetto State

By | Economic Growth, SC

The Palmetto State continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in the country with nearly 63,000 people moving to South Carolina in the last year.  More than 80 percent of new residents moving here are from out-of-state locations, according to the Census Bureau. Some areas of South Carolina have seen slower population growth while other counties – including Horry and Berkeley counties – are seeing new residents pour in.  Counties adjacent to Charlotte and Spartanburg have also seen…

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Mount Pleasant Slashes Construction by a Third with Approval of Limits on Building Permits

Mount Pleasant Slashes Construction by a Third with Approval of Limits on Building Permits

By | Construction, Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant Town Council implemented a building permit allocation system, which would place limits on home construction throughout the entire municipality.  The Council has wrestled with the decision in the past and finally approved a plan in January to restrict the number of building permits to slow residential growth by a third. New Permit Allocation System Will Contain Rapid Growth Mount Pleasant is the fourth-largest and fastest growing city in South Carolina.  The town experienced rapid growth and now has…

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New Tax Law Opportunity Zones Promote Investment in Economically Distressed Areas

New Tax Law Opportunity Zones Promote Investment in Economically Distressed Areas

By | commercial development, commercial real estate, Economic Growth

The new tax law passed in 2018 provides commercial real estate investment opportunities with the establishment of new regulations that permit Opportunity Zones.  South Carolina Senator Tim Scott and U.S. Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) were promoters of the concept and helped push through the legislation which gained bipartisan support from both Houses of Congress.  The Opportunity Zones were created as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to promote investment in regions of the country that were struggling…

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Vacancy Rates Go Up with New Construction of Office Buildings

Vacancy Rates Go Up with New Construction of Office Buildings

By | Charleston SC, commercial construction, Commercial Space, Construction, Economic Growth, Uncategorized

As demand for new construction continues to grow in the Charleston market, vacancy rates continue to rise according to Colliers International Research & Forecast Q4 2018 Report.  The expectation is that the vacancy rate will continue this trend into the first few quarters of 2019.  This vacancy rate is on the rise primarily due to 11 new office buildings delivered in 2018 that totaled 433,024 square feet of new construction. The Charleston office market has a total of 13,185,388 square…

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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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