Charleston, SC’s next Avondale – Johns Island’s Central Maybank District

Is Johns Island’s Central Maybank District Charleston’s next Avondale?

Johns Island Land and Homes The Fat Hen

Sometimes it’s hard to kill traditional consumer habits. The City of Charleston and Charleston County Council, while arguing like children, making back-room deals, falling prey to cronyism and in essence completely ignoring the rational public majority opinion over the “future” of Maybank Highway (oh, I almost forgot, that’s what politicians seem to get paid by taxpayers to do), inadvertently did everything in their power to destroy the American spirit of entrepreneurship along the roadway.  Fortunately, politicians don’t always get their way.

The traditional “heart” of Johns Island, in what is now Lane Commercial Center and the area in the immediate vicinity of this long-established venue, is poised to become Charleston’s next “Avondale” – a residential & commercial district in West Ashley minutes from Downtown Charleston that has seen residential sales prices in neighborhoods like Byrnes Down surpass those of 2007′s peak.

This “heart” of Johns Island is only 7 miles to Downtown Charleston, and full of buzz. Fred Neuville took the plunge at the depths of the recession when he bought the former St. Johns Island Cafe and converted it into the iconic Fat Hen restaurant – an overnight success. Long-established businesses like Angel Oak Animal Hospital, Johns Island Tool Rental, Builder’s First Source Hardware and multiple other small businesses in Lane Commercial Center and the surrounding area helped prop up the area during the Great Recession. But now things appear to really be changing.

On August 2, 2013 Sweeney’s is opening its landmark restaurant and other entrepreneurs are moving in and grabbing what limited space is available for rent.
Below: Picture found in the public realm of Sweeney’s but credited to David Thompson Architect http://dthompsonarchitect.blogspot.com/2013/01/sweeneys.html
Sweeneys conceptual interior
At Jim Bobo Real Estate, we have seen a measurable increase in inquiries for commercial and residential building opportunities.  Local and national home builders are quietly building 100s of new homes that are sold before ground is even broken, and remain on the prowl for developable land. Prices that plunged during the recession are rising.

So if you’re looking for Charleston’s next “Avondale”, the Central Maybank District on Johns Island may be your best bet.

Jim Bobo, Jr., Realtor, BIC, ABR, RSPS, MBA

SC Land and Homes LLC
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S.C. Department of Transportation I-526 Public Opinion Survey Results

On September 13, 2012, the S.C. Department of Transportation released to the City Paper the public opinion survey results that measured the public’s opinion regarding the completion of I-526.

The proposed construction of I-526 from West Ashley to Johns and James Islands has created more than just controversy. Posted by Jim Bobo Real Estate

72% of the survey respondents are in favor of completing the I-526 loop from West Ashley across the Stono to Johns Island, and then on to James Island and Downtown Charleston.  The State Infrastructure Bank has pledged the more than $100MN additional funding necessary to complete the project.  Opponents of the I-526  have used multiple methods – legal and political - to thwart the loop extension from being completed, while proponents have persistently stated that the opponents represent a minority opinion and that the loop should be completed to improve regional traffic flow.  This battle is probably not over.

Read the entire survey here:I526 Opinion Poll Results

The State DOT has also confirmed it still prefers the Alternative G road plan, although if the I-526 extension is finally approved, you can bet there will be another battle over its design.  You can see the basic plan here: Alternative_G.

Make sure to read about the Maybank Highway improvement project debate.

Jim Bobo, Jr., Realtor, BIC, ABR, RSPS, MBA

SC Land and Homes LLC
Call or text (843) 442-7275
www.JimBoboRealEstate.com
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