Member News | Feb. 21

McAngus-Goudelock-CourieMGC Expands Insurance Defense Footprint in South Carolina
MGC Adds Eight Attorneys and Opens Office in Florence

McAngus Goudelock & Courie, an insurance defense firm, is pleased to announce the addition of eight workers’ compensation attorneys and the opening of an office in Florence.

Six attorneys are located in the firm’s Greenville office and two attorneys are located in the firm’s Florence office. The Florence office is the firm’s eighth office in the Carolinas.

“We are extremely proud to welcome this group to MGC. We have known many of them personally and certainly professionally for many years. You will not find a better group of lawyers and people,” said Jay Courie, MGC’s Managing Member.

Greenville, SC
Vernon Dunbar began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Ernest A. Finney, Jr. of the South Carolina Supreme Court, and has served as a commissioner and chairman for the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. He is a member of the America Bar Association’s Litigation Section and Chair of the Business Torts Committee, as well as a member of the National Bar Association’s Commercial Litigation Committee. Dunbar has been included in The Best Lawyers in America for workers’ compensation law from 2008-2012 and in 2014, and also holds an “AV” rating with Martindale-Hubbell.

Brad Easterling has practiced litigation and workers’ compensation in South Carolina for a number of years, and began his career as a law clerk to former Circuit Court Judge James E. Brogdon, Jr. He is a member of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association, Greenville Bar Association, Risk and Insurance Management Society and South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association.

Ashley Forbes is a member of the Greenville Bar Association, South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, South Carolina Bar Assocation’s Young Lawyers Division and South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association.

Stephanie Pugh is a member of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association’s Planning Committee, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association, South Carolina Women Lawyers Association and Greenville Young Lawyers Association.

Bill Shaughnessy has represented numerous clients in workers’ compensation claims for over 40 years. He is a Past President and current Board Member of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association and is Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Improvement of Workers’ Compensation Laws. Shaughnessy has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association, and has been included in numerous editions of The Best Lawyers in America for workers’ compensation law. He was also included in the 2012 edition of South Carolina Super Lawyers and holds an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Shayne Williams represents large, self-insured employers in cases, and has been before the South Carolina Supreme Court, South Carolina Court of Appeals, South Caroling Circuit Court and the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. He is a member of the Greenville County Bar Association, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association and South Carolina Self Insurers’ Association. He serves on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association. Williams has been included in the most recent edition of The Best Lawyers in America for workers’ compensation law and holds an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Florence, SC
Walt Barefoot has focused on workers’ compensation defense since 1991, and has experience defending carriers and employers in South Carolina. He is a former Board member of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association. Barefoot is also a member of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association, South Carolina Self Insurers’ Association and the South Carolina Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensatino Section Council. He is a 2010 Leadership in Law Award recipient by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly.

Brandon Hylton has practiced workers’ compensation defense since 2002. He has been recognized by the Supreme Court of South Carolina as a certified mediator, and mediates workers’ compensation claims throughout the state. Hylton is a member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association, South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association and South Carolina Self Insurers Association.

“The addition of six new attorneys to our workers’ compensation team in Greenville solidifies our commitment and service to clients in the Upstate. We are equally excited about the opening of our office in Florence. In conjunction with our presence in Myrtle Beach and Charleston, we have an even greater opportunity to serve clients throughout the Pee Dee and Coastal Regions of South Carolina,” said Courie.

About McAngus Goudelock & Courie
McAngus Goudelock and Couri
e is a metrics-driven law firm built specifically to meet the needs of insurance companies and their customers. From eight regional offices, we serve clients across the Southeast. For more information, please visit www.mgclaw.com.

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 March 2014 Calendar

MAJOR EXHIBITION

Japan and the Jazz Age
On View in the Lipscomb Family Galleries

Through Sunday, April 20
Japan and the Jazz Age features a dynamic range of material, enticing visitors to discover this rich period in world history and visual culture. This exhibition recreates the energy and excitement of the Art Deco age in Japan between the two world wars-from the 1920s to 1940s. The artists celebrated in this exhibition transformed the traditional motifs in Japanese art to reflect their more cosmopolitan lifestyle while capturing the rapidly changing and modernizing Japanese culture during the jazz age, including flappers and music halls.

This beautiful and historically fascinating exhibition tells the story of how the traditional transformed into the modern. With extraordinary skill and creativity, Japanese artists married the urbane decorative styles emerging in Europe with revered forms of the past: geisha became flappers; ancient origami cranes turned into sleek, gold statuettes; kimono morphed into emblems of fashion chic. Art Deco injected new style into everything from traditional woodblock prints and textiles to sculpture. The contradictions of this epic era in world history of the 1920s and 1930s, and the astonishing innovation that can result from a clash between the old and the new are evident in Japan and the Jazz Age.

The exhibition is drawn from the Levenson Collection-one of the world’s premier collections of Japanese art in the Art Deco style-and is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia under the title DECO JAPAN: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945.

This exhibition is presented through the generosity of Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina, Sylvan’s Jewelers, Mikimoto (America), Dr. Suzan D. Boyd and Mr. M. Edward Sellers, Colonial Life, Fuji Photo Film, Inc., Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough LLP, Benjamin and Jerry Dell Gimarc, Robin and John Mark Dean, Smith Family Foundation, The Japan Foundation, New York, and Japan America Association of South Carolina.

ALSO ON VIEW

Meiji Magic: Imperial Porcelain from Japan
On view in theMamie and William Andrew Treadway, Jr. Gallery 15

Through May 18
After years of shogun rule, in 1868 Japan was once again ruled by an Emperor. He took the name Meiji, which means “enlightened rule”. This period is called the Meiji Restoration and lasted until 1912. The government realized that Japanese arts and crafts could be exported to answer the Western curiosity about Japanese culture and to help stabilize the Japanese economy. The province of Satsuma was a particularly important producer of porcelains and stoneware during this rich period of production.

The Satsuma ceramic pieces in this exhibition represent the characteristics that attracted collectors in the West as well as at home in Japan. The artists painted with delicate brushes, applying tiny strokes of enamel on the ceramic surface. Their compositions were intricate and highly detailed scenes of Japanese life. Each piece is unique with designs that tell stories about Japanese customs, the landscape, and life at court and in the countryside.

These images captured the imagination of turn of the century collectors just as they do today. The level of detail requires close study to uncover all the nuances of each piece. Through them, the viewer can be transported into a fantasy world of ancient Samurai and festivals under blooming sakura trees in Japan’s parks.

This exhibition is sponsored by Walda Wildman, CPA, LLP.

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
To purchase tickets or register for classes, visit columbiamuseum.org.

Book a Tour and Save on Admission
Gather your friends and make a reservation to enjoy a docent-led or self-guided tour of the exhibition and save on admission. Hungry? Choose the tour with a lunch option or enjoy wine and cheese after your tour. Details at columbiamuseum.org.

Art Explorer Backpacks and Gallery Guides
Art Explorer Backpacks are designed to encourage families to not only have fun in the galleries with interactive activities, but also to feel like the galleries are accessible and welcoming. Each backpack includes a sketchbook with colored pencils, a pair of binoculars, a compass, and hands-on activities that relate to the theme of the backpack chosen. Themes to choose from are pattern, color, shape, and the current exhibition. Ask for one at the admission desk.

Gallery guides are your source to family fun. Guides include insider information about some of the works and a gallery hunt to discover shapes, patterns, and more. Available for free at the Family Friendly Kiosk by the Education Gallery. Japan and the Jazz Age backpacks and gallery guides sponsored by Colonial Life.

Gallery Tour: Japan and the Jazz Age
Every Saturday | 1:00 p.m.

A guided tour of the exhibition, Japan and the Jazz Age, offers insight into the Art Deco style during the inter-war period of Japan. Free with membership or admission.

Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection
Every Sunday | 2:00 p.m.

A guided tour provides an overview of European and American art in the CMA collection. This family-friendly tour features masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection and the American galleries. Free.

About Face Drawing Sessions
Mondays, March 3 & 17: Topics vary | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, March 11 & 25: Portrait Drawing | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Figure Drawing | 7:15 – 9:15 p.m.

Looking for a supportive and friendly environment to hone your artistic skills? About Face Drawing Sessions are for you! There’s no instructor, but there is a group of inspired artists, representing a wide range of abilities, who love to draw from the live model. Must be 18 or older to participate. Mondays: $12 / $10 for members / $5 for students. Tuesdays: $10 / $8 for members / $5 for students. Includes both sessions.

Gladys’ Gang: Winged Wonder
Wednesday, March 5 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Soar to new heights with the exhibition Japan and the Jazz Age. Participants (ages 2-5) and their adult companions explore art through the introduction of elementary art terms such as color, line, shape and texture during the Gladys’ Gang series. This program includes story time and a creative studio activity related to the art exploration theme. Sponsored by Colonial Life. Free.

2014 CMA Gala From Geisha to Gatsby
Saturday, March 8 | 7:00 p.m. – Midnight

Celebrating the spring exhibition Japan and the Jazz Age, the 2014 Gala From Geisha to Gatsby will delight guests with spectacular Japanese-inspired decorations and the glitz and glamour of a roaring 1920s jazz club. The Gala is the CMA’s largest fundraiser and best party of the year. Entertainment provided by Reggie Sullivan and Friends, the USC Dance Company, and an award-winning shamisen player. Black tie attire. Complimentary valet parking. Presented by Jim Hudson Lexus. Tickets are $150 per person ($75 tax-deductible). Purchase tickets in person, online at columbiamuseum.org/gala, or by phone at 803-343-2810.

Passport to Art: Krazy Kimonos
Sunday, March 9 | Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Be inspired by the exhibition Japan and the Jazz Age and create a patterned kimono during this monthly open studio program for families. Enjoy a themed family tour at 1:00 p.m., or take a self-guided tour of the Museum. Free. Sponsored in part by BI-LO and Colonial Life.

CMA Chamber Music on Main
Thursday, March 13 | Happy Hour at 6:00 p.m. | Concert at 7:00 p.m.

Music plus art equals a magical experience with this critically acclaimed chamber concert series featuring world-renowned artistic director Edward Arron and intimately set in the Museum’s gorgeous DuBose Poston Reception Hall. Pedja Muzijevic, piano, Tessa Lark, violin, Erin Keefe, violin and viola, Edward Arron, cello, and Kurt Muroki, double bass, perform works by Rossini, Bartók, O’Connor, and Schubert. Presented by U.S. Trust. $40 / $5 for students.

Artist Salon Series: Columbia City Ballet
Friday, March 14 | Noon

These intimate gallery talks with local artists are about personal connections to work in the CMA, as well as experiences as a working artist-some of it controversial, some of it funny, all of it inspiring. In this installment, join Columbia City Ballet Artistic and Executive Director William Starrett as he discusses his creative process in staging their upcoming performance of Alice in Wonderland. Free with membership or admission.

FAAAC Presents Our Story Matters Red Carpet Student Film Competition Awards Ceremony
Thursday, March 20 | 6:00 p.m.

CMA membership affiliate group Friends of African American Art & Culture (FAAAC) rolls out the red carpet for the Our Story Matters Student Film Competition Awards, which commemorates and raises awareness about Columbia’s pivotal role in the civil rights movement. Students from local schools created short videos after researching the challenges faced in a person’s life or event. The awards screening of winning entries is an opportunity for students to be recognized for their work. Sponsored by AT&T. Free.

Film: Note By Note: The Making of Steinway LI037
Saturday, March 22 | Noon

Note By Note is an independent feature-length documentary that follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand, #LI037, from forest floor to concert hall. It explores the relationship between musician and instrument, chronicles the manufacturing process, and illustrates what makes each Steinway unique in this age of mass production. It reminds us how extraordinary the dialogue can be between an artist and an instrument-crafted out of human hands, but borne of the materials of nature. Free with membership or admission.

Revving Up for Runaway Runway
Tuesday, March 25 | 6:00 p.m.

The Columbia Design League is revving up for Runaway Runway 2014.  We’ll be showing off fabulous and funky designs from Runaway Runway 2013 in shop windows on Main Street from Tuesday, March 25, to Sunday, April 6. Come see the displays, then mix and mingle with the designers at the opening reception at the CMA. Our guest speaker for the evening is Timothy Westbrook, a fiber artist living in Milwaukee and an A&E Project Runway Season 12 contestant who works exclusively with recycled materials. $10 / Free for CDL members.

About the CMA
The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC, CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses nearly 7,000 works and spans thousands of years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 135,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, Arts & Draughts parties and craft haven gatherings. It is the recipient of a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education and an Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina

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David JordanRichland-Lexington Airport Commission Elects New Leadership

The Richland-Lexington Airport Commission has elected Mr. David Jordan as its Chair and Mr. James “Jim” Compton as its Vice Chair, both of whom will serve two year terms as the Commission’s top officers.

Chairman Jordan was appointed to serve on the Commission by the Richland County Delegation in 2005.  He is the President of L-J, Inc. and has actively served on a number of boards and commissions.

Vice Chairman Compton was appointed to serve on the Commission by the Lexington County Delegation in 2010.

The Richland-Lexington Airport Commission serves as the governing body of the Richland-Lexington Airport District, a political sub-division of the State of South Carolina.  The Commission is composed of twelve members. Five members are appointed by the Lexington County Legislative Delegation, five members are appointed by the Richland County Legislative Delegation, and two members are appointed by the City Council of the City of Columbia.

The additional members of the Richland-Lexington Airport Commission include Richland County appointees: Hazel L. Bennett, Larry L. Koester, James L. Whitmire, and Duane Cooper; Lexington County Appointees: Jerrod “Jerry” F. Howard, Roxanne Wilson, Richard McIntyre and  Dan P. Bell; and City of Columbia Appointees: Anne M. Sinclair and F. Xavier Starkes.

The Richland-Lexington Airport Commission holds public meetings at the airport on the third Monday of each month.

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nbsc-logo-for-webSynovus Receives 20 Customer Service Excellence Awards in Middle and Small Business Banking 16 at National Level,  Four Regional

NBSC, a division of Synovus Bank, recently announced that Synovus has received 16 national awards from Greenwich Associates for excellence in Middle Market and Small Business banking. Among 750 banks evaluated nationwide, only 34 received national excellence awards for Middle Market banking, and only 43 for Small Business banking. Synovus was number one with 13 total awards in the Small Business category and tied for third in total number of awards across all segments and categories.

“We are honored again to be recognized with some of the best in our industry for the way we serve our customers,” said Kessel Stelling, Synovus Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “These awards reflect our commitment to exceed the expectations of our small business and middle market customers. We appreciate their trust and loyalty to our company.”

“These awards are a testimony to the excellent service our team members provide customers each day,” said Chuck Garnett, NBSC CEO. “We want to thank our customers for their continued trust and confidence in us, and we know we must continue to earn the right to be their bankers and financial advisors.”

In Middle Market banking, Synovus was recognized nationally in the following categories:
Overall Satisfaction
Likelihood to Recommend
Relationship Manager Capability
Overall Satisfaction (Treasury Management)
Customer Service (Treasury Management)

In the Small Business banking category, Synovus received national awards in the following categories:
Overall Satisfaction
Likelihood to Recommend
Personal Banking Satisfaction
Credit Policy
Relationship Manager Capacity
Branch Satisfaction
Online Services
Overall Satisfaction (Treasury Management)
Accuracy of Operations (Treasury Management)
Customer Service (Treasury Management)
Product Capabilities (Treasury Management)

Synovus was also honored with four South Regional awards, including two in Middle Market for overall satisfaction and Treasury Management overall satisfaction, and two in Small Business for overall satisfaction and overall satisfaction in Treasury Management.

In compiling these rankings, Greenwich Associates interviewed nearly 14,000 middle-market firms with sales of $10-$500 million, and more than 17,000 small businesses with sales of $1-$10 million across the country.

Based in Stamford, CT, Greenwich Associates is a financial services consulting and research firm with additional offices in London, Singapore, Tokyo, and Toronto. The Greenwich Excellence Awards are presented annually to recognize financial institutions that provide superior quality of products and services, according to their clients.

NBSC is a division of Synovus Bank and currently serves 26 communities in South Carolina from 42 locations. For more than 100 years, NBSC has focused on relationship banking and remains dedicated to the communities it serves. Together with affiliates of Synovus Bank, NBSC offers diverse lines of business and personal financial services including Business Banking, Investment Services, and Mortgage Lending. For more information, visit www.bankNBSC.com.

Synovus is a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia with approximately $26 billion in assets. Synovus’ divisions provide commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers through 28 locally branded divisions, 261 offices, and 363 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. See Synovus on the web at www.synovus.com, on twitter @synovusbank, and LinkedIn. Equal Housing Lender.

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downloadColumbia Retail Market Finishes Strong in 2013

Overall, the Columbia retail market continued to improve during the fourth quarter of 2013 with the decline of vacancy rates by fifty basis points NAI Avant reports. Led by the market-wide proliferation of new restaurants, the fourth quarter demonstrated its strongest net absorption since quarter (Q) 1 of 2011.

2013 Q4 Recap on Major Submarkets
Lexington Submarket:  The 3.1 percent vacancy rate remained constant in this submarket with a slight decrease in the quoted rental rate from $14.14 to $13.68 per square foot. With more than 35,000 vehicle trips per day, low vacancy and competitive rental rates, the Sunset Boulevard corridor is on the cusp of exponential growth by grocers, restaurants, boutique and specialty shops.

Dutch Fork/Irmo Submarket:  Vacancy rates in this submarket saw a significant decrease in Q4 moving from 6.1 percent in the previous quarter to 5.4 percent. Rental rates in this submarket stem closer to the overall quoted rate at $11.59 per square foot. National retailers continue to be highly attracted to this submarket with the large golf equipment retailer Golfsmith moving into a 23,557 square foot space at Harbison Court as well as big box Academy Sports underway.

Forest Acres Submarket:  With its affluent densely populated demographics and several well-positioned thriving centers, the Forest Acres submarket continues to be the most desired area for high-end retailers. Excluding mall vacancy data, the Forest Acres submarket posted an exceptionally low vacancy rate of 4.1 percent. Rental rates have a large spread ranging from $8.00 per square foot along Decker Boulevard to $28.00 per square foot at Trenholm Plaza. With strong demand for retail space and a lack of quality locations to place them, developers continue to search the submarket for redevelopment opportunities. Some recent redevelopment projects in the Forest Drive corridor include Schiano’s Old Tyme Pizzeria, Sonic and Panda Express.

Northeast Columbia Submarket:  Marked by increasing rental rates and occupancy, the Northeast Columbia submarket proved its endurance during Q4 of 2013. With pre-leasing rates at Two Notch Crossings at $35.00 per square foot, triple net and the addition of Columbia’s first trampoline park, HiWire at The Plex, the Northeast Columbia submarket solidified its position as a cornerstone of Columbia’s retail sector.

Columbia Central Business District (CBD):  The vacancy rate slightly decreased over the past quarter to 7.6 percent with an average quoted rental rate of $14.74 per square foot. The Hub, an 848 bed, high-rise housing development which is currently 90 percent pre-leased, is coming on-line in 2014. In anticipation of this and the increased presence of financial institutions, the Main Street corridor has seen the addition of 10 new restaurants consisting of Cantina 76, Mediterranean, Ethiopian, Cajun  and Southern offerings to name a few.

2014 Forecast
NAI Avant reports Columbia’s retail market continues to expand with new development projects underway and national retailers looking for space in several of the strongest submarkets. The momentum from 2013 is projected to be carried over into 2014 and has the potential to move Columbia out of its tertiary status to become more in line with retail demand levels such as Greenville and Charleston.

Lexington Submarket:  Delayed until 2015, the road realignment at Sunset Boulevard and Corley Mill Road will not slow down  the redevelopment of the 70 acre Corley Mill site off Highway 378. The planned center, Sunset Village, will feature a 234 unit multi-family component and a multi-screen cinema. The future tenancy of residual shop space is still unknown, but will be teeming with potential to welcome new retailers to Lexington  with entertainment venues, restaurants and boutique shops on the up-rise.

Dutch Fork/Irmo Submarket:  Columbiana Center, Columbia’s preeminent enclosed shopping mall comprising 820,000 square feet, has seen its first anchor tenant, Sears, decide to vacate the premises. One of the mall’s largest anchor tenants, Belk, will be expanding into 50,000 square feet of the Sears’ location in order to create a flagship store strengthening their men’s apparel and shoe department’s presence. DDR Corporation has increased the stature of Harbison Court by announcing the addition of Columbia’s first Nordstrom Rack in the former 27,000 square foot  Barnes and Noble location.

Forest Acres Submarket:  Questions still remain as to how the Cardinal Newman site will ultimately play out as a rumored grocery repositioning has been sidelined by the recent BI-LO acquisition of Columbia’s Piggly Wiggly locations.

Trenholm Plaza will continue to be the most attractive, high-end retail location in Columbia because of its strong demographics and synergistic tenant mix. Trenholm Plaza will see some transition as the Books-A-Million location is repurposed and additional space is brought on-line.

Northeast Columbia Submarket:  At the Village at Sandhill lifestyle center – traffic counts, retail sales, leasing and outparcel interest have all increased with a promising 2014 apparent.

The Killian Road corridor will continue to develop moderately as retailers take a look at relocation possibilities. This corridor’s high traffic counts and proximity to I-77 make it a natural next step for large box retailers who are either desiring newer prototypes or are looking at Columbia for the first time.

Columbia Place Mall will begin its transition from a pure retail establishment into its second generation phasing which will open new possibilities including office, institutional, and other multi-purpose redevelopment. Vacant space along Two Notch Road will continue to decrease as demand for new retail space remains at a competitive premium.

Columbia Central Business District (CBD) and Surrounding Downtown Area:  The CBD has the most potential to bring unique and transformative change to the Central Midlands with several major residential, retail and office projects slated for 2014 that will push community involvement and activity on Main Street, in the Congaree Vista, and surrounding downtown areas.

Located near the heart of the CBD, the Bull Street development is still making strong headway as Greenville-based developer Bob Hughes spearheads the downtown Columbia project now called Columbia Commons.  Hughes’ retail development team presented Columbia Commons at the high profile International Council of Shopping Centers and report strong interest from a wide mix of national retailers.  The market catalyst Minor League Baseball, multi-use sports and entertainment venue is still pending before City Council as a public-private partnership to anchor Columbia Commons.

Student Housing in the CBD continues to be the market leader with over 3,000 beds planned to be delivered incrementally by 2016. The addition of student housing will entice new businesses to downtown Columbia and inevitably increase the need for retail space.

The University of South Carolina will continue to expand on the west side of Assembly Street. Slated projects include the opening of the new $106.5 million business school, the $30 million USC Alumni Center, construction of a $119.6 million office, multifamily complex with 878 beds in the Innovista, as well as expansion of the Greek Village.  The vibrant Congaree Vista boasts nearly $400 million in major projects under construction or planned during this past year.

Located just on the outskirts of the Downtown area and headed toward the southeast submarket, the Bright-Meyers firm has two shopping center developments in play.  One is the former K-Mart on Garners Ferry across from the Cross Hill market with the announced anchors of Michaels, Marshalls, and Petsmart all expected to be underway this year.  The second Bright-Meyers development efforts is still pending along South Assembly Street (formerly known as the Capital City Bombers Stadium and parking) with no formally announced anchors at this time.  Overall with consumer confidence and spending surging, coupled with improved job conditions, the retail outlook for 2014 is bright.

NAI Avant Brokers Sale od 1.5 Acre Robber’s Roost Outparcel in North Myrtle Beach, SC

NAI Avant brokers, Campbell Kreps and Macon Lovelace, recently represented the seller, Tiente Limited Partnership, in the sale of 1.5 acres at the corner of 11th Avenue North and Highway 17 in North Myrtle Beach, SC.  The purchaser, Coastal Carolina Bankshares, Inc., acquired the land with plans to develop a branch bank.  The property was part of the former Robber’s Roost Golf Course.  The transaction was valued at $1.25 million.

NAI Avant Facilitates Sale of Laurel One Building on Devine Street, Gains Exclusive Leasing Services, Columbia, SC

NAI Avant brokers, Paul Hartley, SIOR, and Roger Winn, recently represented Fore Right Properties, LLC, in their acquisition of the Laurel One Building at 3200 Devine Street in Columbia, SC.  The ±20,000 square foot office building was purchased for $1,540,000.  NAI Avant has been retained by the new building ownership to provide exclusive leasing services for the office building.

NAI Avant Represents SC Youth Advocate Program Renewal and Expansion in Atrium at Stoneridge, Columbia, SC

NAI Avant Senior Broker, Paul Hartley, SIOR, recently represented South Carolina Youth Advocate Program, Inc., in the expansion and long-term renewal of its lease at 140 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC.  The expansion into a full floor of the building reflects SCYAP’s commitment to the building and the owner’s commitment to a valued tenant.  SCYAP is a private, non-profit organization that supports and facilitates the development and operation of community-based residential and non-residential services for youth and their families.

About NAI Avant
NAI Avant’s commercial real estate business is one of the largest in the Southeast.  With over 65 professionals, the firm provides comprehensive brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services.  For nearly three consecutive decades, the group has had more of its brokerage professionals recognized as top producers or recipients of the top awards than any other firm in South Carolina. As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with over 350 offices and 5,000 professionals in 55 countries across the globe. NAI Global is the largest independent commercial real estate service provider worldwide and a wholly owned subsidiary of C-III Capital Partners. NAI Avant’s Property and Project Management Group currently manages a multi-million square foot portfolio of properties across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Through its Avant Healthcare Division, the firm provides comprehensive services to hospitals, clinics, and physician groups. NAI Avant, founded in 1966, is headquartered in Columbia, SC with an office in Charleston, SC. Find out more about NAI Avant and its services at www.naiavant.com. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NAIAvant and like us on Facebook.

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