Monthly Archives: March 2015

CHS VA To Build a $10M 1,000 Parking Deck

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center downtown plans to build a nearly $10M parking deck in two phases that will add about 1k new parking spaces for patients, employees and visitors to the hospital.  That will help alleviate parking pressures around the medical complex as the VA now leases land on a lot near Porter-Gaud and Folly Road off the Peninsula for about 600 spaces on a site where they have contracted for a shuttle service for parkers.  Ashley Hefferman of The Charleston Regional Business Journal has the story.

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Credit Union Buys Site To Build Branch at Nexton

CPM Federal Credit Union paid $825k for a .7-acre site to build a 3,400 SF for a full-service branch at Nexton in Summerville.  Ashley Hefferman of The Charleston Business Journal has the announcement.

City Review Board Approves MUSC Expansion Downtown

The city’s Board of Architectural Review unanimously approved the demolition of the former Charleston Memorial Hospital building and a new 10-story, $350M building that will house MUSC’s Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavillion.  Ashley Hefferman of The Charleston Regional Business Journal has the story.

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Wabco Plans $17M Auto Parts Plant in N CHS

Wabco Holdings Inc. will build a $17M, 145k SF plant to manufacture auto parts, specifically advanced air-disc brakes and energy efficient compressors for trucks and buses.  They will hire 50 new positions at the new plant located off of Patriot Blvd., to replace its existing facility off Leeds Avenue in Lower N CHS.  David Wren has the story for The Post and Courier.

New Restaurants/Retailers – March 2015

In an update from the staff at The Post and Courier, a few new dining and retail options, including:

  • Arriba Cantina Cocina Mexican restaurant at the Bohicket Marina on Johns Island
  • New YoBo Cantina Fresca at 1067 E. Montague Avenue near Park Circle in N CHS
  • New Carvel ice cream a Mount Pleasant Towne Centre
  • Expanded Copper Penny shoe store at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre

Still Ranked #1 As Favorite City, Now CHS Ranked Third in Travel Destination

While CHS still ranks as the #1 favorite place to travel to by voters of Conde Nast, John McDermott of The Post and Courier says “Charleston vaulted 10 posts last year to become the No. 3 U.S. travel destination according to TripAdvisor’s latest Traveler’s Choice Awards, behind only New York City and Chicago, and ahead of Las Vegas and Seattle.  The publication mentions 405 things for visitors to do while in the area.

S.C. Coastal Area Among Fastest Growing In Nation

Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head and Charleston were the three fastest-growing metro areas on the Atlantic Coast in 2014 and 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  From July 2013 to July 2014, the Villages near Ocala FL was #1, followed by Myrtle Beach area, Austin TX, Odessa TX and St. George UT.  Hilton Head was #13 and Charleston was #17.  David Slade of The Post and Courier has the story and the rankings of the top 20.

Another Hotel Delivery – $20M Hotel Opens in Mount Pleasant

The Hilton Garden Inn near the foot of the Ravenel Bridge opened this week, and four other hotels are planned in the East Cooper market.  Warren Wise of The Post and Courier has the story on the opening and the hotel market in Mount Pleasant.

30 More Boeing Dreamliners Ordered by China’s Hainan Airlines

China’s Hainan Airlines, already flying nine of the ten Dreamliners it has ordered, plans to buy 30 more at a price or around $7.7B.  The Dreamliner is Boeing’s newest and fastest-selling plane with nearly 1,100 orders since it was introduced in 2007.  Current orders on the books will take production out to beyond 2020.  David Wren of The Post and Courier has the story.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – Another Boeing Supplier Looking at North Charleston

The French-owned landing-gear supplier for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is reportedly looking at sites in and around Palmetto Commerce Park in N CHS.  David Wren of The Post and Courier has the story here for The Post and Courier.