JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The parks and recreation commission has approved more than $300,000 for a consulting contract and is laying the groundwork for a bond issue to finance the purchase of McLeod Plantation.
The historic plantation is on James Island. Officials said the consulting contract could not exceed $308,691.
The PRC agreed in October to buy the plantation from Historic Charleston Foundation for $3.3 million, with plans to restore the site and open it to public use. Commission officials estimate it will cost an additional $2.9 million for stabilization, repairs and to fulfill the agency's master plan for the property.
The PRC is planning to assemble a steering committee to weigh in on the guiding principles before the commission moves forward on the plan.
The commission expects to close on the deal by Feb. 28.