Residents who live along Clements Ferry or who frequent the area will soon have more retail, eating, exercise, medical and professional options as commercial development projects at Point Hope progress. These include The Gates and The Goddard at Point Hope and additional buildings on Renaissance Lane in the Village Green.
According to Fritz Meyer of Meyer Kapp & Associates, planned restaurants include Ye Ole Fashioned, Catrina’s Tacos and Tequila, Dunkin Donuts and Domino’s. Also slated to open soon in Point Hope: Edward Jones, Modern Movement Yoga and Orchid Nail Salon.
These new retail and commercial businesses will join the recent influx and existing options that already opened their doors in the Publix Shopping Center and surrounding commercial areas. These include popular restaurants like Coastal Skillet, Famulari’s Pizzeria, Coach’s Canteen and Jersey Mike’s, as well as health care providers such as Roper St. Francis, The Look Optometry, Georgia Skin Clinic, Point Hope Dentistry and Coastal Kids Orthodontics.
The new businesses will be part of The Gates at Point Hope, a five-building, 36,000-square-foot commercial development with frontage of Clements Ferry Road developed by Vulcan Property Group. The Gates are named in homage to Philip Simmons, the master ironworker and artisan who designed many decorative gates throughout Charleston.
The developer has signed leases with each of the incoming establishments in The Gates and anticipates it will deliver the spaces in dark-shell condition in October, according to Meyer.
“It’s a remarkable mix of uses for a community so early in its development life,” Meyer said.
Construction of The Gates began in January, although the growing list of retail, dining, and corporate tenants are not set to open until 2024. Even so, the new tenants are excitedly preparing their new business models for the Point Hope community.
“Our vision is to serve the new growing community with a family-friendly spot to grab lunch, dinner and ice cream,” said Cole Spradling, owner of the Ye Ole Fashioned coming to Clements Ferry. “I plan on being involved with the local schools and sports teams, to be a spot for students to come and grab a bite to eat with friends, study and do homework.”
Modern Movement Yoga’s new location owner Jolene Newman, another business tenant of The Gates, shared her vision for the studio’s future.
“We want to build a community that helps lift each other up,” Newman said. “Our goals for our new location are to incorporate student and teacher training courses, have teachers from around the world, in-studio and at-home yoga classes and yoga retreats.”
Adjacent to The Gates at Point Hope is The Goddard, a mixed-use project from Woodfield Partners, who also built The Port House and Wharf 7 on Daniel Island and the Newbrook Apartments at Point Hope.
The 12-acre site, located at the intersection of Clements Ferry Road and Point Hope Parkway, will be home to four multifamily buildings totaling 224 residential units and two single-story commercial buildings totaling 17,000 square feet of commercial space.
No leases have been signed in the Goddard Point Hope development as of yet, but the landlord is preparing to enter into agreement with Edward Jones Financial Services, according to Meyer.
In addition, Meyer Kapp and Associates recently signed Creative Edge Dance Center, a 2,500-square-foot space in the 116 Renaissance Lane development between Coastal Skillet and Coastal Kids in the Village Green. The tenant will offer after-school classes and studio space for dance lessons.
Kapp and Associates is also working on a lease with Subtle and Sass, a women’s clothing and accessory boutique with an existing operation in Mount Pleasant, to occupy approximately 1,300 square feet in the same building.
At over 9,000 acres, Point Hope is the largest remaining zoned planning development in the City of Charleston.
The ongoing efforts to widen Clements Ferry Road will also allow the upcoming four lanes to carry over 60,000 vehicles per day, Meyer said.
The Gates will begin delivering commercial spaces in October, with continued buildout in subsequent months. Meanwhile, The Goddard at Point Hope will complete its commercial buildings by the end of this year, anticipating tenants to open for business by mid-2024.