We are just days away from 2021, and with the New Year comes new projects, plans, and amendments to our ever-changing skyline. And, after the year we just had, it’s no surprise that Charleston is jonesin’ for something new to look forward to – development-wise that is.
So without further ado, here are seven upcoming developments you can look forward to this coming year right here in Charleston (plus a few bonus developments on the horizon).
Earlier this year, Lowe, the developer behind Isle of Palms’ Wild Dunes Resort + downtown’s new waterfront hotel The Cooper, formally announced the name and details of the newest hotel currently under construction at Wild Dunes Resort, the Sweetgrass Inn. The 153-room hotel will encompass four acres and feature amenities including 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, an 8,000 square-foot grand ballroom with pre-function and terrace event space, a 3,000 square-foot rooftop ballroom with a 6,000 square-foot terrace featuring ocean views, a 2,750 square-foot fitness center, retail space + more. The new hotel is set to open in spring 2021.
Kiawah River, a new waterfront community located on Johns Island, will include residential homes, Angler’s Cabins. The limited collection of turn-key cabins is the latest addition to Kiawah River’s options of waterfront, wooded and village homes and homesites. The 11 one-bedroom, detached cabins average 800 square feet and will offer water access with several launch points for fishing + exploring the Kiawah River and inland waterways. Construction is expected to be completed in fall of 2021.
South Carolina’s organ + tissue donor program, We Are Sharing Hope SC, broke ground on its new headquarters building in West Ashley this year. The organization is responsible for facilitating the gift of life in South Carolina. The new building is designed to educate South Carolinians about organ + tissue donation and share the stories of local donor heroes and transplant recipients by inviting the community to explore donation at a deeper level. The estimated completion date is September 2021.
The Society at Laurens, a luxury multifamily community downtown, will consist of 148 apartment units spanning across two buildings that will be separated by Laurens Street. We’re told the community will be ‘amenity-rich’, with perks such as a resort-style pool, a resident lounge, a fitness center and a business center. Pre-leasing is projected to begin in 2021 + the developers (Tennessee-based Southern Land Company) expect it to be ready for tenants to start moving in later in the year. The estimated completion date is late 2021.
This mixed-use commercial center is a master-planned development that includes three phases: medical office space in five buildings anchored by a two-story flagship building, a flex/office space in four buildings, and an additional flex/office space in two buildings. Initial buildings are on track for completion in late 2021.
Kingstide, a new waterfront restaurant + rooftop bar, is slated to open at The Waterfront, a luxury mixed-use community on Daniel Island. The restaurant will showcase expansive views of the Wando River and is set to open in 2021. The development, led by Indigo Road Hospitality Group + Cornet Bishop Design, does not have a specific opening date at this time.
Charleston’s International African American Museum (IAAM) will serve as a center that will highlight + educate others about the journey of millions of Africans, captured and forced across the Atlantic in the grueling and inhumane Middle Passage, arriving at Gadsden’s Wharf in Charleston and other ports in the Atlantic World. Museum features will include an African Ancestors Memorial Garden, gardens for quiet contemplation, various exhibitions, a center where visitors will have the opportunity to trace their geneology + more. Charlestonians should be able to see the finished building from the outside in 2021, as completion of the museum is on track for spring/summer of 2021. The opening date is scheduled for 2022.
Developments on the horizon
Lowcountry Lowline | Spanning the peninsula
The Lowline will connect downtown Charleston to West Ashley, North Charleston + Mount Pleasant. A timeline for the Lowline’s development has not yet been announced. Read about the conceptual master plan + more here.
This will be a new apartment community located downtown near the on-ramp to I-26 – and will back up onto the future Lowcountry Lowline. The first phase of the development is budgeted at $120 million and will include 293 apartment units and 22,000 sq. ft. of community space. Completion of this development is esteemed for late 2022. Read more here.
The Epic Center is part of a master plan for revitalizing + reshaping West Ashley. This plan includes converting the Citadel Mall + its surrounding properties into a new, mixed-use development. The complete timeline of this development is still to be determined. Learn more about the revitalization of the West Ashley area here.