Salk Place – brings college housing downtown

by | August 3, 2018 5:01 am

Last Updated: August 3, 2018 at 1:04 am

By CINDY CROSBY
cindyc4@yahoo.com

The Walterboro campus of the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie will soon have the one jewel in place that has been missing from its crown — local student housing.

In an effort to further develop the community as a college town, community officials joined forces with USC Salkehatchie to find a viable solution to add local student housing convenient to the campus located on Hampton Street.

The solution? Salk Place, formerly known as the historic Albert House.

“This summer the City of Walterboro put Salk in touch with a developer, Billy Cannon, who was interested in purchasing and renovating part of the Albert House property located on East Washington Street directly across from the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market,” said Jane Brewer, USC Salkehatchie associate dean for student affairs and director of Walterboro Campus. “Both city and county officials thought it would be perfect for student housing and we could not agree more.

“Cecelia Chafin and Alexander Eames purchased the property on Mr. Cannon’s recommendation,” Brewer. “They are busy getting the newly renovated property to be ready for Salk students to move in to before our semester begins on August 23. As of now, the housing is completely reserved, and we are all really excited about this.

“As the campus continues to grow, student housing becomes more and more important,” said Brewer. “Renovating property in the downtown area is a wonderful way for Walterboro to be a college town! Not only will it be convenient for our students, but it will add vitality to an already beautiful bustling downtown area. We are so fortunate the City of Walterboro had this vision of growth and made it happen.”

“With this location, students will be within walking distance of our campus, downtown restaurants, the post office, the library, the farmer’s market and a grocery store,” said Dr. Anne Carmichael, dean of USC Salkehatchie. “It is a great location for the students — which in turn will bring more business and activity to downtown Walterboro.  Plus, they will be able to enjoy living in a really cool downtown area.”

“Having been in real estate for most of my career, I’ve seen and done many types of deals,” said Billy Cannon of Berkshire Hathaway Realtors. “But none of them are quite like Salk Place. Anytime, a city gets behind you and you can help solve a problem for students and young people, it’s highly rewarding. We are very excited about the opportunity.”

The owners of Salk Place, Alex Eames and Cecilia Chafin, with Borah Peak Properties in California were pleased to the see the historic Albert House repurposed for the cause. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to renovate such a beautiful historic building while simultaneously meeting the real need for housing for the students at USC Salkehatchie,” said Eames. “Repurposing this great old hotel into student housing is a perfect match because of the great location near Washington Street with its shops and restaurants, and yet it is within walking distance to the local USC campus,” said Chafin.

USC Salkehatchie will show off the newly renovated Salk Place when they co-host the Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours on Thursday Aug. 16.

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