Metanoia and the Allegro Charter School of Music will partner to renovate the former Chicora Elementary School at 1212 Success Street as a permanent home for Allegro, a middle and high school that infuses music into its curriculum for 350 students throughout Charleston County.
The campus will also house a Center for the Arts program that features artists’ studios and a 300-seat performing arts center, along with an Early Learning Center operated by Metanoia.
The revitalized site will be nearly double the size of Allegro’s current location on the campus of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in downtown Charleston, where the school has been serving students for four and a half years.
Allegro will occupy three floors of roughly half of the school building and plans to move into the space by early 2021. Metanoia will leverage federal and state historic tax credits to pay for a portion of the construction to modernize the building and ensure it resembles and honors the old Chicora school that opened in 1935. The partnership will also allow Metanoia to close on the full-financing package for the school in early 2020.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Allegro on the renovation of the Old Chicora School campus,” says Rev. Bill Stanfield, CEO of Metanoia. “Allegro recognizes the tremendous difference learning music can make on a young person’s life and having them move into the community we serve will give local parents more walkable options for good schools for their children. We can’t wait ‘to make wonderful music’ together!”
A large portion of Allegro’s student already reside in North Charleston. This Chicora site is centrally located to all of the school’s student population, offers plenty of parking, and rich partnerships with local artists and performers, said Andy Lyons, Chair of Allegro’s Board of Directors.