With prospective buyers looming, Charleston Co. delays demolition of old naval hospital

VIDEO: Charleston Co. council delays demolishing old naval hospital

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Demolition was set to begin on the old naval hospital this month, but Charleston County council has opted to delay knocking the building down because of negotiations with perspective buyers of the site.

The vote on Monday night gave the council an extra 120 days to evaluate the 10-story building along Rivers Avenue.

“Everyone knows we got a lot of money tied up in the building," Charleston County councilman Vic Rawl said. "We have someone that is interested in negotiating and as negotiations take place, we’ll see.”

In February, council voted to spend $6 million to knock the building down with Charleston taxpayers footing the bill for a $33 million buyout of the hospital.The Chicora Life Center was planned to be a Charleston County social service hub at the former hospital.

The initial plans featured nearly 400,000 square feet of Class A medical office, meeting, retail and public space. County offices like the Charleston County Vital Records and Charleston County Coroner’s Office were expected to go into the building.

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