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New Housing options for USC Salk students

The University of South Carolina Salkethachie campus in Walterboro is creating new housing options for their students by renovating a former apartment complex in downtown Walterboro.

The apartments will be located on the second floor of the former Albert House apartment complex and building, which is located in downtown Walterboro across from the Walterboro-Colleton Farmer’s Market and Museum. Approximately 16 apartments are being refurbished in the commercial property, with plans to use the bottom floor of the building for retail space, according to Hank Amundson, assistant city manager for the City of Walterboro. “This is very exciting, and with that many students in the downtown area, we are bound to see options coming into that potential retail space,” he said.

Amundson added that the ongoing renovation and expansion of the IGA Grocery Store across the street is also a part of the attraction for the project. “That is an impressive expansion to the grocery store, with a state-of-the-art additions,” he said.

The Albert House building has been vacant for several years. USC Salkhatchie’s Associate Dean of Student Services Jane Brewer credits the city’s officials, and particularly Amundson, for connecting the college leaders to the current developer. “We are so fortunate that the city has a vision of a college town,” she said. Brewer is also the athletic director of the Walterboro Salk campus.

“They made this happen,” she said, speaking highly of city leaders who helped to jump-start the housing project.

Brewer confirms that the apartments will house 16 students. The apartment space is already allocated this fall for 16 female students athletes for volleyball and basketball. Additionally, two coaches will stay downstairs. According to Brewer, the new space is not privately owned by USC Salk. Instead, it is owned by a private developer who the college is working closely with. “Salk is thrilled to have the renovations going on at the Albert House property to house Salk students this fall,” she said. “As the campus continues to grow, student housing becomes more and more important and renovating property in the downtown area is a wonderful way for Walterboro to be a college town!”

“Students can walk to food, grocery stores, post office and campus, and add vitality to an already-bustling downtown area,” she said.
USC Salk is a branch of the USC main campus in Columbia.

In addition to the USC housing renovations, the City of Walterboro is also in the midst of several other commercial projects, including a new medical office, a new dental practice and the new construction of Starbucks.

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