ACBA Buys Trolley Barn From City

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Nov 282014

According to the Charleston Regional Business Journal, the American College of the Building Arts has purchased property from the city that will become a new campus on the peninsula by 2016.

Meeting Street Trolley Barn - PeriodThe 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.

Best Friend Moves In On Sunday

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Nov 012013

Although the museum won’t open until next year, the Best Friend of Charleston will move in to its new home on John Street on Sunday.

The train is being moved this weekend into a new glass-sided building Sunday morning, November 3rd around 8 AM. The train will be coming in on two flatbed tractor trailers from King Street, the train will be off loaded into a new glass portion of the Camden Shed which is currently being renovated. After placement (which is scheduled to take place between 8 am and 2 pm), the remainder of the Best Friend Museum will be built around the train. The completed Museum and Train will be open for exhibit in early 2014.

Best Friend Museum Building 01 Best Friend Museum Building 02

The Best Friend Train has been on loan to Norfolk Southern for over 5 years. This effort has been an ongoing collaboration between many organizations including Norfolk Southern, Superior Transportation, The History Workshop, Hogan Construction, Ecovest Development, e.e. fava architects, the Charleston Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, and the City of Charleston, including Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., City Council and city staff.

Put Best Friend on Fast Track Back to Charleston

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Apr 142012

The Post and Courier today has an article on the continuing struggle to bring the replica of the Best Friend of Charleston Best Friend of Charlestonback to a respectable home. “The next big trip of the Best Friend (actually a replica of the original locomotive) seems to be approaching even more slowly — the way weeks pass for children awaiting Christmas. It will be the train’s trip home to Charleston from Atlanta where it has spent the last five years on display in the lobby of Norfolk Southern’s headquarters.

Colleen Carducci, director of real estate management for the city of Charleston, says she is confident that by the end of 2012 the Best Friend will be displayed on John Street in a new glass structure. The city is in negotiations with a builder.

If things go well, the building will connect via a conference room to an existing railroad shed, which will be renovated to accommodate a commercial venture — likely a family-style restaurant.

But if the city is unable to find a private partner to take on the East Shed project, it will proceed with the glass structure alone.”

We really need to make sure that adjoining space is used for a related project like a full rail museum or historical transportation retrospective and planning center.

Read the full article from the Post and Courier here.

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