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#YeahTHATAgenda: Review Time for New Laurens Road Tomehome Project, New Gervais St Mural, Terminix's Really Big Ant Farm, Charleston Retail Report, Bro-Ification Of Health

May 10, 2019 02:31PM ● By Chris Haire
Proposed 52.31 acre, 234-lot Laurens Road subdivision near CU-ICAR to be reviewed by the City of Greenville Planning Commission next week: On Thursday, May 16, the Planning Commission will look at the proposal for the Bridgeport Estates townhouse development near CU-ICAR.

The Planning Commission was set to the review the land development permit for the then-232 townhome site at its February 28 meeting , but that was deferred until the April 18 meeting before being postponed again until May 16. 

The plans for townhome project include a clubhouse, a pool, and a large central common area.

Once completed, Bridgeport Estates will join a host of other redevelopment efforts along Laurens Road, a key commercial corridor for the city that has fallen on hard times in recent years. The rebirth of Laurens Road can be traced to the arrival of the Verdae development in the Motor Mile area and Willy Taco near Washington Street. 

Future Laurens Road developments include the The Enclave at Laurens Village, a mixed-use project at the site of the former S.C. Department of Highways and Public Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles buildings; Holland Park, a mixed-use development featuring the popular Charleston barbecue chain Home Team BBQ and a brewery at a now-vacant senior living center; and the extension of the Swamp Rabbit Trail, which will include a bridge running over Laurens from the direction of the Greenville Zoo.

In semi-related news, Home Team will open a Columbia outpost next week.


Lady Vista mural adds color to Gervais Street: The Vista is boosting its Instagrammability and its reputation as Columbia’s artistic hub with a new mural on Gervais Street, which is almost complete. Called “Lady Vista,” the mural was designed and painted by local artist Cait Maloney, who says her goal was to capture the colorful spirit of the area.

The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit organization with members from area restaurants, shops, businesses, galleries and neighborhoods, partnered with One Columbia for Arts & History on the project.

The Vista was named an official South Carolina Cultural District by the S.C. Arts Commission in 2015, the only district in Columbia with this designation, awarded to walkable areas that are centers of cultural, artistic and economic activity.

“The Vista is meant to be a place of unity, inspiration and excitement,” said Merritt McNeely, president of The Vista Guild, in a statement. “The addition of public art such as ‘Lady Vista’ ensures that we continue in our mission to cultivate and showcase the work of talented local artists, while bringing people together.”

The mural is located between Park and Lincoln streets near popular restaurants Motor Supply and Sure Fire Tacos and retailer Urban Outfitters. --Leigh Savage


Retail remains strong in Charleston, especially for omni-channel retailers: “Omni-channel retailers” -- successful in both brick-and-mortar shops and online -- have a leg up on the competition according to a recent Colliers International report on Charleston’s retail market. The most successful retailers “are in tune as their client’s preferences change,” the report says. That means companies need a store for in-person browsing, plus online ordering, delivery, curbside pickup and other offerings. A strong digital and physical presence allows each customer “to be catered to based on their own shopping patterns.”

While absorption was negative for the first quarter of the year, the forecast expects  positive absorption in the coming months, especially near dense residential areas and walkable urban retail locations. The vacancy rate increased to 6.17 percent this quarter, up from 5.53 percent in the last quarter of 2018, but is still considered low, with limited quality space that will leads to more new construction.

Though no new retail offerings were delivered to the market this quarter, 133,771 square feet of space is under construction and another 18,771 has been proposed.

Rental rates were up to $22.13 per square foot, though on high-traffic King Street, the average asking rental rate is $58.33. Significant transactions included a two-property sale totaling $6.9 million and 95 leases signed during the first quarter. --Leigh Savage

Federal government investing $2.7M to open business incubator in North Charleston (Post and Courier)

Work at Savannah River National Laboratory suspended for two weeks (Aiken Standard)

SC Senate approves $115 million tax breaks to bring Carolina Panthers across border (The State)

Spartanburg-area lawmakers split on Carolina Panthers’ incentives (Herald-Journal)

First-half sales up at Ingles Markets (Supermarket News)

Bosch says trade disputes, economic slowdown will hit this year's profit (AutoNews)

USC paid firm $137,000 to find its next president — then rejected all finalists (The State)

Downtown Anderson revitalization: A look at the ‘Under the Bridge’ project  (Anderson Independent Mail)

Three Mile Island Plant, Site of Nuclear Accident, to Close (Manufacturing.Net)

A Wake-Up Call for Grads: Entry-Level Jobs Aren’t So Entry Level Any More (WSJ)

Nestlé USA to exit direct-store delivery for frozen pizza, ice cream (Supermarket News)

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I am an associate attorney at Truluck Thomason, LLC and focus my practice primarily in the areas of civil business and corporate litigation, personal injury, and family law. I take pride in providing cost-effective, holistic, and result-driven representation with extensive experience in matters involving business formation and structuring, complex civil litigation, contract negotiation, employment and labor law disputes, motor vehicle accidents, and a wide variety of family law issues.

I earned my bachelor of arts degree from King University located in historic Bristol, Tenn., double-majoring in political science and history. I then obtained my juris doctor from the Charleston School of Law. 

Raised in the small town of Abingdon, Va., located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I am a relatively recent transplant to the firm’s Greenville, S.C. office. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, fishing, and anything that allows me to spend time with family and friends.

I volunteer yearly with the Habitat for Humanity Wills Clinic, which provides those that cannot afford estate planning assistance with the opportunity to have peace of mind knowing they have a will in place.

I am a member of The Kiwanis Club of Greenville and participate in a number of community involvement programs every year. Every three months, I host a special program at Heritage Elementary School called Terrific Kids, which is a student-recognition program that promotes character development and self-esteem.