NORTH CHARLESTON, SC- Charleston County Council is considering a deal to sell the former Naval Hospital. This week the council voted to direct Charleston County staff to delay abatement plans of the site and to investigate a contract that’s been offered to buy the building from Charleston County.
Councilman Henry Darby doesn’t support to deal.
He said the deal isn’t a good one for the poor people whom live around the site. He said the deal also was not equitable. Details of the offer haven’t been publicly disclosed.
“Why are we helping rich folks,” Councilman Darby ask the council. “People’s lives are at stake”.
Councilman Darby told County Council in two or three generations the community that’s currently there will be wiped out by gentrification if the council sells the land to a developer.
According to Darby, the owners of the Charleston Cigar Factory, Wecco Development LLC, want to buy the old hospital. Their plans haven’t been made public.
The Charleston Count Council approved giving 120 days for staff to to see if a deal can work out.
Three council members were opposed to the move.