Renovations to the open-air portions of Charleston’s historic City Market are finished, and the buildings reopen today, city officials said.
Improvements to the three open-air buildings, which started in January, represent the first of two phases of the market’s overhaul.
The second phase, which will focus on Market Hall, is scheduled to begin in October. Market Hall is the enclosed building that sits between Meeting and Church streets.
During the spring portion of the project, market vendors were shifted among the three buildings and adjacent tents as workers repaired and replaced roofs, added new restrooms and installed improved lighting, ceiling fans, wind screens and security cameras.
The renovation also included a reconfiguration of booths, removing tables from the center aisle, according to a news release issued by the city of Charleston and City Market Preservation Trust, a private group that the city selected to manage the market and its improvements.
The city has financed the renovations, expected to cost about $5 million, with a revenue bond that it plans to repay with income from the market.
Hank Holliday, a partner in the private management group, said the first phase of renovations was completed on schedule and under budget.
The land on which the City Market sits was donated to the city in 1804 for a public market. Existing buildings were constructed in 1841.
The buildings were last renovated in the early 1970s, Mayor Joe Riley has said.