Historic Charleston market getting a facelift

Selling sweetgrass basketsThe City of Charleston will begin renovations on one of the city’s most valued pieces of history. The historic open city market in downtown Charleston is known for its offerings of arts, crafts and various South Carolina memorabilia. However, it hasn’t always been that way. Occupying about 40,000 square feet, the market used to serve as a slave market.
Now, Mayor Joe Riley and the City of Charleston are taking $5 million to use for a facelift to the old buildings that occupy about 265 vendors. Hank Holiday of the Historic Charleston Preservation Trust says the site is the most valuable commercial piece of real estate in all of the Southeast.
According to an Associated Press report, the renovations include: re-pointing brick, painting, putting in fans, and other upgrades. The work will begin in January, while vendors will move into tents during the renovations. The market operates everyday of the year except for Christmas.