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Yemassee seeks tenants for depot; Beaufort Depot plans on hold

This submitted photo shows the Yemassee Depot in its earlier days.
This submitted photo shows the Yemassee Depot in its earlier days. File, Submitted photo

While the city of Beaufort has put plans for its train depot on hold, the town of Yemassee has completed renovations to its old train station and is trying to rent it out.

The town of Yemassee seeks bids for restaurants, retail stores or offices interested in leasing space in the 4,250-square-foot, historic depot that has been renovated.

The building at 15 Wall St. has space for one to three commercial enterprises and about 22,680 square feet of parking space. Rent is negotiable, with the cost of preparing the building for a business factored into the price and length of a lease, according to a public notice provided by the town for the property.

The Yemassee Depot once was a stopping point for tens of thousands of Marine recruits on their way to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. The town purchased the station in 2010 from CSX for $1, and the Yemassee Revitalization Corp. launched a restoration effort.

The corporation also is raising money to expand a brick memorial and garden on property next to the site of a former Marine barracks.

Meanwhile, plans for the Beaufort Depot, which now has part of the Spanish Moss Trail running through its center, are on hold, Redevelopment Commission chairman John Verity said.

At one point, officials discussed putting a business in the building, but space constraints and a complicated building ownership have made those plans less practical. Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority bought the trail, and the building, but it remains in a "bank" of federal railroads and could be reverted to a railroad in the future if the need arose.

Verity expects interest will grow as Beaufort County starts construction on the second phase of the trail, which will extend north from Depot Road. The first leg is between Allison and Depot roads.

"I hope that, as a community, we can find other uses for it than just a pass-through for the trail," he said.

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