A cafe and additional event space could be coming soon to North Charleston’s Riverfront Park. Quarters L, which once housed Navy officers, is scheduled to get a $1.1 million makeover.
“Along that waterway out there we have a number of visitors and right now there’s really not even a place they can get a Coca-Cola or a hot dog or anything,” Mayor Keith Summey said. Although plans are still tentative, Summey said he is hopeful the homesite will be turned into additional venue space and a small restaurant.
The project includes removing an interior wall and adding a new roof, floors and paint, could be finished by the end of the year, officials said.
Quarters L, which overlooks the city park along the Cooper River, is one of four houses at the site built as a Works Progress Administration project in 1937 on what was once the Charleston Navy Yard. They are called Panama houses because their design mimics that of homes built near the Panama Canal during the early 20th century, according to city officials.
The building sits next to Quarters K, a former restaurant that was acquired by the city in 2013 and renovated into a venue for weddings, receptions, business meetings and retreats. It’s a short stroll from Eternal Father of the Sea chapel, a nondenominational church built in 1942 and relocated last year from a site about a half-mile away where Palmetto Railway’s rail yard is being built.
Quarters L is one of 40 properties that comprise the Charleston Navy Yard Officer’s Quarters Historic District, which was added to the National Register in 2007.