The Technical College of the Lowcountry’s Culinary Institute of the South could break ground on its facility this spring.

Chef Miles Huff, the new institute’s dean, spoke to Hardeeville City Council at its Jan. 17 meeting.

“We have gone through phase one with the state and we have to go through phase two for approval, but would like to break ground in the spring,” Huff told council.

The 26,000-square-foot facility will be located at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton and constructed at an estimated cost of $11.2 million. It will have the capacity for 300 students.

Huff said degrees will be offered in culinary arts, baking-pastry and hospitality.

“I have overlaid my degree program with USC Beaufort so a student can basically do two years with us…

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