The school, in partnership with real estate finance and investment firm Parallel Capital LLC, recently purchased the Trolley Barn property at 649 Meeting St. for $10. Charleston City Council authorized the property sale in February, and renovations are expected to start early next year.
The brick Trolley Barn was built in 1897 to house public transit trolleys, according to the news release. Two other buildings were later added, and when Charleston switched to buses in 1938, the facilities were used as a depot and maintenance shop. They have been dormant since the 1980s.
The new campus will include classroom and design workshop space for the college’s six craft specializations: blacksmithing, architectural stone, masonry, plastering, carpentry and timber framing. Residential housing for students and a mixed-use commercial space are also expected.
You can read more on this at the Charleston Regional Business Journal.