Charleston's Mayor Riley leads groundbreaking at Trolley Barn building

Charleston, South Carolina, Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. led a group of civic officials, clergy and community residents at a groundbreaking ceremony on May 7 to mark the beginning of renovations to the historic Trolley Barn building.

The Trolley Barn building, located at 645 Market St., is going to be the new campus for the American College of the Building Arts (ACBA).

ACBA President Colby M. Broadwater III and Board Chairman Pierre Manigault were at the public event, which also included representatives of HITT Contracting, Greater Charleston Empowerment Corporation, a color guard unit from Military Magnet Academy, college trustees, faculty, students and staff.

“This project served two purposes,” Riley said. “As a vital resource to our community, it was important that the American College of the Building Arts be provided an opportunity to succeed. And also it re-vitalizes a long dormant building,”

ACBA started working with the City of Charleston several years ago to acquire the Trolley Barn facility. ACBA has obtained a private development partner, has received City Council consent for the purchase of the building, has been granted approval for the re-development plans from the Board of Architectural Review and has the required permits to begin the renovations.

“By careful money management, the transformation of the entire 39,000 square foot facility is projected to cost only $3.4 million,” James M. Waddell, ACBA’s vice president of operations and finance, said. “Thus far, the college has raised $2.75 million and is in active discussions to secure the remaining funds.”

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