Development bringing hotels, restaurants & homes to Summerville area

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The huge project coming to life in the Summerville area is off Highway 17-A and billed as a 4,500-acre, 21st century community.

Nexton is in phase one of construction. Developers broke ground Monday on Summerville's first Courtyard Marriott.

The community is just off exit 199B on Interstate 26.

Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis said, "This is going to be the growth center of the Tri-County area."

The first corporate office building will be done in December. Restaurants and 320 apartment homes will follow soon after.

"What Nexton offers is an employment center for the Summerville region. Which means there will be less reason for people in the Summerville area to get on I-26 and travel into Charleston, North Charleston to work," said Kenneth Seeger, president of Mead Westvaco Community and Development Land Management Group.

Mead Westvaco is the master developer of the Nexton project. They say traffic in area won't be an issue. One reason is because they will be adding a new exit, 197, to I-26.

"The new Sheep Island interchange is being designed as we speak and it has been fully funded. It should start construction sometime late next year," said Seeger.

The massive community will come with its own school, 700 homes and 2 Marriott hotels.

The hotel construction is a joint effort between Mead Westvaco and commercial company, Blanchard and Calhoun.

Developers are saying the Courtyard Marriott will be the highest quality hotel in Summerville.

"So when you walk into this Courtyard, it will probably be like no Courtyard you have ever experienced," said Victor Mills, CEO of Blanchard and Calhoun.

The 4-story, 96-room hotel is set to be done by July of 2014.

Mills said, "The exterior will be compatible with the exciting new office project."

The community will continue to evolve for years to come.

Seeger said, "It's a project that will take 20 to 25 years to complete. But the community will see significant progress over the next 2 to 4 years."

Carolina Ale House restaurant will break ground Nov. 1 and open mid 2014.

The first apartment units will also be open for around the same time.

Seeger says the new interchange creating exit 197 will be completed by the middle of 2016.

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