One, he expects further expansion in what he calls the "Class B" office spaces along areas like Capitol Street in downtown Charleston.
Swint said Class A buildings are typically more modern, with on-site parking and security and located in the heart of a city's business district. The Class B properties are those in smaller, older buildings that may not have on-site parking or other amenities.
He said expansion into those sites could continue. But he also believes the recent announcement by MVB Bank, which is planning to construct a new 30,000 square foot building at the corner of Margaret Street and Washington Street East could be a signal of things to come.
"The new construction is significant; we haven't seen that for some time," Swint said.
Swint said it's the first new office construction project in recent memory.
MVB Bank spokeswoman Aly Goodwin Gregg said the company conducted a market assessment of downtown properties before deciding to build the new building.
"Within our own market assessment, we saw the need for not only for office space, but for LEED certified space," Gregg said.
LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a national green building initiative. LEED-certified buildings are designed to reduce waste, greenhouse gas emissions, conserve energy and water, and provide safer, healthier environments for occupants.
Gregg said MVB officials believe there is a "tremendous opportunity" for this kind of office space in the Charleston area.
"It's our goal to break ground here in the next month or so, and we fully intend to be in the building and occupying the bank by January 2014," she said.
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