We are excited to announce a partnership with the City of North Charleston and the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CACC) aimed at preparing a series of design concepts for the adaptive reuse of the historic Chicora Elementary School. CACC and Metanoia will host two town hall-style events to elicit input from neighborhood residents and community stakeholders. The ultimate goal of the project is to put forth a vision for a facility that benefits neighborhood residents and community activities. Therefore guidance from community members is essential. Upon completion, Metanoia and CACC will submit to the City of North Charleston a series of actionable construction objectives generated by community contributions and the expertise of CACC.
Architecture students from CACC, led by architect Ray Huff, have already been researching the campus and making rudimentary sketches. We will hold public input meetings on Saturday, February 6, from 12pm-2pm at the school itself (Chicora Ave. & Success St.) and also Monday, February 8, from 6-7:30pm at St. Matthew Baptist Church (2005 Reynolds Avenue) in conjunction with our annual Town Hall Meeting.
Chicora Elementary closed its doors in 2012 after decades of service to our neighborhood. We were able to assemble a sizable chorus of community voices to petition Charleston County School District to build a new elementary school in the neighborhood. Schools are tremendous assets to communities, and residents felt that a local school was essential to the eventual recovery of the community. Chicora staff and students were relocated to an unused school building down the street on Spruill Avenue while CCSD began building a state-of-the-art new Chicora Elementary just two blocks from the old building (slated to be completed later in 2016).