Nexton in a Nutshell; destination retail and smaller homes coming soon

Brent Gibadlo, Nexton’s vice president and regional manager, left, talks with Bill Collins, former mayor of Summerville.

The Nexton community will soon offer smaller, courtyard and cottage style homes built by New Leaf Builders and Saussy Burbank. Those new homes are another example of Nexton’s aim to develop with diversity in mind, according to Brent Gibadlo, Nexton’s vice president and regional manager.

“One of the things you’re going to start seeing more and more in Nexton is we’re going to start offering a wider range of housing options,” Gibadlo said.

Offering smaller homes is another way to make housing more affordable, Gibadlo told a group of Berkeley Chamber of Commerce members during a meeting on Tuesday at the Courtyard by Marriott in Summerville. Additionally, Gibadlo talked about Nexton’s up and coming destination retail center, Nexton Square.

The 140,000 square-foot space is home to popular restaurants including Halls Chophouse and Taco Boy. Retail shops including locally-owned Simple to Sublime and Tweedle Beedle are located there as well as Bey + Eloise Apparel and The Bicycle Shoppe.

Gibadlo praised the recently completed amenity center at Del Webb Nexton, an active adult community spanning 350 acres in the master-planned community of Nexton.

The 26,000-square-foot center opened in July to serve the growing Del Webb community. It features a resort-style saltwater pool, alfresco kitchen and courts for tennis, bocce ball and pickleball.

The center serves as a gathering space for a variety of clubs and social events.

Gibadlo emphasized that the people buying homes in Del Webb are very active in the community and seeking ways to connect and give back to their neighbors in the greater Nexton community and Summerville community.

“Don’t think that these are retired folks who are playing bridge all day, these are folks who are still working in some cases, working part time…they had well established careers and now have a lot of energy and vitality and want to do a lot of things,” Gibadlo said.

The next big phase of residential development for Nexton will be its Northeast Village. Located between two major connector roads; Nexton Parkway and Highway 176, the 1,491-acre property is expected to fully develop across 10 years and feature walkable, mixed-use properties.

The village will be situated near the future Medical University of South Carolina. The 128-bed hospital is planning to open by the end of 2021, along with an office building, a commercial village center and a central gathering green space.

Gibadlo mentioned the creation of CoOp@Nexton, the first high-profile commercial parcel in Nexton’s Parkway District, expected to open in 2020. The new office and retail center will include several commercial businesses, including Home Telecom, a mid-rise multifamily community and a Refuel gas station and market.

Lastly Gibadlo gave an update on two popular retailers rumored to have committed to opening at Nexton; Harris Teeter and Cabela’s.

He said the grocer Harris Teeter had secured a location on Brighton Park Boulevard but then the company was bought by Kroger and it is unclear if the grocery store will still open in Nexton.

A similar situation happened with Cabela’s. When the sporting goods company was bought by Bass Pro Shops, they dropped out of the commitment and now that space will be used by Tommy Baker of Baker Motor Company of Charleston.