Construction of The Morris Underway

The Morris - Rendering Provided by The Middleton Group

The Morris - Rendering Provided by The Middleton Group

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – Construction is underway on The Morris, a new 2-building multi-tenant office and retail development located in the North Morrison (“NoMo”) District of Charleston’s Upper Peninsula.

“Charleston’s NoMo District is growing rapidly as more people, businesses, and employers move to the immediate area. The Morris will provide modern and flexible spaces to meet a variety of local needs,” said Blake Middleton, Principal of The Middleton Group. “The contemporary design blends with the developing digital corridor and speaks to the site’s industrial past,” Middleton added. The Middleton Group worked with the project’s developers, Ross Cowan and Thomas Nakios of Cowan Nakios Group, and Samet Corporation is acting as the general contractor for the project.

The main building at 1080 Morrison is three stories, totaling approximately 107,000 square feet of rentable office and retail space with open floor plans, expansive windows for maximum natural light, terraces, and private balconies. This structure will have direct access to the adjacent 350-space parking garage. 1090 Morrison will total approximately 8,000 square feet and offer a unique restaurant space on the ground floor with an expansive area for outdoor dining and office space on the second floor, which includes a large private balcony that overlooks the grand oak plaza. Reid Davis, Pete Harper, and Cameron Yost at Lee & Associates have been engaged to market the office and retail space for lease.

Cowan Nakios Group commented that the pandemic has highlighted the significance of building specifications in new building design. The Morris has incorporated many design features to enhance the buildings’ resistance to health safety issues while also providing for building efficiency and sustainability. These enhanced features include upgraded air filtration systems, demand-controlled ventilation, and indoor air quality devices. The parking garage design allows for direct entry to a tenant floor from the parking garage and expansive common areas and building corridors to allow for greater distancing than traditional office buildings.

“This is an awesome opportunity for us at Samet, and we’re excited about our ability to construct a building that will raise the bar for the level of real estate that our City has to offer. The thoughtful design and materials will create modern workspaces for future employers, and we are truly excited to work in partnership with a first-class design and development team,” said Carson Knizevski, Regional Vice President of Samet Corporation.

Construction began at the start of this year and is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2022.

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The Morris
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Cowan Nakios Group LLC
Cowan Nakios Group LLC (“CNG”) is a privately held investment firm that focuses on investments in real estate assets and operating companies across all parts of the capital structure. CNG is led by Ross Cowan and Thomas Nakios, who collectively have experience in the commercial, industrial, residential, and hospitality asset classes. Before forming CNG, Cowan was a Senior Managing Director at Northwood Investors in New York City. He was a member of the firm’s investment committee and focused on debt and equity investments across the United States. Nakios is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Nakios Group, an opportunistic investor in a broad range of real estate assets and operating businesses.

The Middleton Group Architecture Studio
The Middleton Group is a Charleston-based architecture and interior design studio, built and operated on the foundation of integrity. In 2007, South Carolina natives Laura and Blake Middleton founded The Middleton Group with a mission to create dynamic designs centered around innovation and delivering exceptional service. The Middleton Group has extensive experience in a variety of project types and has received multiple local and state-wide design awards for their designs. Please visit and follow @themiddletongroup on Instagram for more information.

Samet Corporation
Samet Corporation is a full-service general contractor and real estate development firm exceeding clients’ expectations across a broad range of industries since 1961. The company’s project portfolio includes numerous educational, industrial, office, healthcare, retail, multi-unit residential, and civic facilities. Samet Corporation is headquartered in Greensboro, with offices in Charleston, Savannah, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Wilmington. For more information, visit

Lee & Associates Charleston
Lee & Associates is a comprehensive Charleston, SC commercial real estate firm serving a select clientele with extensive expertise in Office, Retail and Industrial real estate, the most complete line of commercial real estate services; and decades of combined experience in the Charleston commercial real estate market. Lee & Associates provides brokerage, development and property management with a firm commitment to customer service. We get to know each client's business and specific needs. And we meet those needs with discipline, integrity and a genuine commitment to success. In everything we do, Lee & Associates places "People First, Properties Second." Learn more about how Lee & Associates can serve your real estate needs at

Lee & Associates
Lee & Associates is a commercial real estate brokerage, management and appraisal services firm. Established in 1979, Lee & Associates has grown its service platform to include offices in the United States and Canada. Lee & Associates provides superior market intelligence in office, industrial, retail, investment and appraisal to meet the specialized needs of our clients. For the latest news from Lee & Associates, visit or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Link, our company blog.

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