Abby Cavenaugh email@example.com
June 6, 2014
As part of a busy monthly meeting last Tuesday night, the Anson County Board of Commissioners heard from a group called Preservation North Carolina about possible plans to save the two old 1900s-era brick buildings on the site of Anson Community Hospital.
Several efforts have been made to save the buildings, but in April, after a bidding process, the commissioners had no choice but to approve the demolition of the two old buildings after no suitable bids were received.
Ted Alexander, who’s part of the Preservation North Carolina group, told the commissioners at the June meeting that the organization has converted and rehabilitated similar buildings throughout North Carolina. “I think we would be able to help you rehabilitate those buildings and put them back on the tax rolls,” he said.
However, Alexander added that the process would take some time.
In Gastonia, the group recently helped Gaston County government rehab a hospital that had been vacant for about 20 years. That hospital building was converted into senior housing in one building and market-rate apartment in another.
“I can see a situation where it would be a win-win situation for both of us,” he said. “I think these buildings have merit.”
Commission Chair Anna Baucom, who has been very vocal about her desire to save the buildings, told Alexander that she still gets at least two to three people a week who tell her they were unaware that the buildings are scheduled for demolition.
“We have voted on this and have voted to tear them down,” she said, later adding that she was glad Alexander and the Preservation North Carolina group could see the buildings’ potential. “I don’t feel so alone now,” she said.
In other business, the commissioners:
The Anson County Board of Commissioners will next meet at 6 p.m. on June 19 at the Anson County Government Center for a public hearing on the proposed budget.