By Liz Segrist
Published Oct. 14, 2013
The partially demolished Limehouse produce shed in the historic Dupont Crossing area of West Ashley will likely be leveled soon.
Charleston County’s Board of Zoning Appeals voted unanimously on Oct. 7 that the building did not have enough historic significance to require a special exemption, upholding the original decision to issue the demolition permit, said Dan Pennick, the county’s zoning and planning director.
|The produce shed in West Ashley will likely be completely demolished soon. (Photo/Liz Segrist)|
The building at 616 Wappoo Road, near U.S. Highway 17, sits on nearly 5 acres. Built in 1941, the large shed sits in Dupont Crossing, a former commercial and trade hub for farmers.
The Limehouse family bought the vegetable market in 1957, and Andrea and John Limehouse bought the building in 1987 to house their produce company.
The Historic Charleston Foundation wanted more time to research and determine the building’s historical significance, but the federal government shutdown halted the use of the National Register of Historic Places and the National Archives and Records Administration databases, preservationists said.
The building was not listed on either the state or national historic registers, or on the state’s Historic Preservation Office website, Pennick said.
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley proposed that the city enter into an agreement with the landowners under which the city would annex the land where the shed sits in exchange for city-owned land along Savannah Highway.
The Limehouses did not wish to proceed with a land swap, Pennick said.
The owners want to demolish the facility that housed their Limehouse Produce Co. for 30 years. The building has been vacant since they relocated their business to North Charleston in 2007.
It has since deteriorated beyond repair and incurred severe termite and structural damage, according to the Limehouses, who had structural engineers assess the property.
“We spent many, many happy years there and we have a lot of sentimental attachment to the building,” Andrea Limehouse said. “The decision to do this was not an easy decision, but we really don’t see any alternate or possible use that would generate the kind of income needed to do a renovation. I don’t think renovation is possible anyway.”
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