by ALEX HEATON Monday, March 5th 2018
Crew after crew continue to chip away at the changing landscape on Daniel Island.
“The last year we've noticed a huge growth,” said Tammy Haight, a business owner and resident of the island for the past 10 years. “It seems like it's happening all at the same time.”
The Lowcountry’s largest publicly traded company, Blackbaud, recently completed the $154 million dollar facility that will house its global headquarters.
Several new apartment complexes and retail space have opened as well as a senior living facility and a restaurant with an on-site brewery.
Mike White took advantage of the exploding growth on the island. “I think it's easy to say our population has added another 50 percent so we're probably 90 percent through with completing our development of Daniel Island.” White said.
He owns Bin 526, a new 7,000 square foot wine bar and retail shop.
If wine isn’t your thing, you can grab a cup of coffee next door at what White said is the largest Starbucks in the state.
The building housing Bin 526 and Starbucks is one of several new buildings, residential and commercial, that have been built in the past few years.
“Instead of one building going up, they're all going up at the same time,” said Haight.
“I think it's mirrored Charleston's growth,” White added. “It's been very, very steady over the past 10 years but certainly in the last three to four, once Blackbaud announced their corporate expansion and headquarters here, that was really a jumpstart for the marketplace.”
Still, some believe the booming growth has kicked traffic trouble into high gear.
“That's my biggest concern out here,” said Haight. “I do own a business and right in front of the restaurant we see the backup up at the light all the way down Seven Farms Drive.”
Haight, who is thankful for the impact the growth has had on her business, said she thinks traffic will get worse as more people continue to move to the island.