Our little corner of the Lowcountry continues to evolve! Every year there seems to be a new business that is setting up shop down the road, and this year is no different.
First, Volvo Car USA, the first U.S. automobile manufacturing plant planted its roots right down the road. And now, a next-generation commerce park is beginning to take shape next door to the plant in an effort to provide a space where employees will want to work and help industries compete for well-qualified employees.
Known as Camp Hall, this 6,800-acre commerce park could ultimately be home to more than 10,000 jobs. Camp Hall is a modern campus that includes 1,950 acres of preserved wetlands, a health center, daycare, park-wide Wi-Fi, shopping and dining, fitness trails and an open space for community events.
In an article that appeared in the Berkeley Observer, Stephen H. Mudge, a member of Santee Cooper’s board of directors and chair of its property committee said, “When we began mapping out Camp Hall, we did our research. We asked industrial workers what they wanted most in a workplace. They want onsite wellness and health centers, walking trails and places to eat and shop. By planning around a Village Center with those conveniences, we are building a commerce park unlike any other I’ve seen.”
Additionally, Santee Cooper will restore 365 acres of wetlands, including re-establishing the headwaters of Timothy Creek. Employees will be able to access the preserved acreage through the established walking and biking trails throughout the commerce park.
We are happy to see that the Lowcountry continues to grow responsibly, paying attention to the needs of its community members and preserving the natural habitats that make our home so special.