Published Aug. 28, 2013
The appeal has put a hold on a permit issued Friday that would demolish the former Charleston County Wholesale Vegetable Market on Wappoo Road in West Ashley.
The Charleston County Board of Zoning Appeals will hear the matter on Oct. 7. The foundation hopes to maintain an active farmer’s market in the building or possibly use it as a community gathering place.
“Historic Charleston Foundation appealed the demolition of the Wholesale Vegetable Market shed in order to better assess the building’s history and significance to the West Ashley community,” Winslow Hastie, the foundation’s chief preservation officer, said in a news release.
The foundation filed the appeal based on the county’s zoning and land development regulations.
“No demolition of a historic structure or site may occur until a special exception has been approved in accordance with the provisions of this ordinance,” according to article 9.8 of the regulation.
The main portion of the market building was constructed in 1941 and served as a site where family farmers would operate their business. The Wholesale Vegetable Market was purchased in the 1950s by the Limehouse Family and has been unoccupied for several years.
Although most of the historic structure remains intact, a small addition to the front of the building, which was constructed in the 1950s, was demolished Friday.