Preservation organization seeks to halt demolition of old vegetable market

The Historic Charleston Foundation (File/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Even though part of the building has already been demolished, an appeal has been filed to save the old Limehouse Building in West Ashley.

Officials with The Historic Charleston Foundation say they have filed an appeal with the Charleston County Planning Office against a permit issued on Friday to demolish the old Charleston County Wholesale Vegetable Market.The market, located on Wappoo Road in West Ashley, is in an area known as Dupont Crossing. HCF officials said their appeal resulted in a 'hold' on the demolition until the matter is heard by the Charleston County Board of Zoning Appeals. The case will be heard on October 7. "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," said Winslow Hastie, Chief Preservation Officer of Historic Charleston Foundation. "We are hopeful for a solution that honors the historic nature of the property, such as an active Farmer's Market or community gathering place." According to the HCF, the main part of the market was built in 1941 and served as a site where family farmers would "pool resources and centralize business operations" and was next to two abandoned rail lines that mark the end of the West Ashley Bikeway.HCF officials said a small addition to the front of the building, has already been demolished. The Wholesale Vegetable Market was purchased in the 1950s by the Limehouse Family and has been unoccupied for a number of years.