CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD)– On Thursday, Charleston County Council approved a motion 7 to 1 to have “staff coordinate with consultants on options for demolition and construction subject to the IFB.”
The vote followed a two hour executive session where construction experts and engineers are said to have advised council on possible paths forward.
In 2017, the county purchased the former Naval Hospital building for $33 million as the result of a lawsuit.
Over the past several years local leaders expressed interest in remodeling the current building to create a social services hub for the county while offering space for private businesses.
Earlier this year, experts said the redevelopment project involving the current building would cost about $66 million because of the buildings current state of disrepair.
Council members including Dickie Schweers spoke out against the project saying it was simply too costly.
Charleston County Council is now looking into constructing a new building on the property to better serve their needs.