Commissioners vote to demolish hospital buildings
by By Abby Cavenaugh
The Anson County Board of Commissioners voted 3-1, with Chair Anna Baucom opposed, to demolish the current Anson Community Hospital building and the original circa-1910 hospital buildings once the new hospital facility on U.S. 74 is completed. The commissioners also voted to accept County Manager Lawrence Gatewood’s recommendation that the current set of buildings referred to as “doctor’s buildings” be converted to the Board of Elections headquarters.
The demolitions will be at the expense of Carolinas Healthcare System, Gatewood said.
Gatewood said he and his team have performed thorough evaluations of the buildings in question, and found that only the doctor’s buildings were structurally sound enough for renovations. “I would like, if we can find somebody to take those buildings and find them structurally sound, to sell them, rather than tear them down,” Baucom said before the vote was taken.
Commissioners Dr. Jim Sims and Jarvis Woodburn voted for Gatewood’s recommendations, with Baucom opposed, while Commissioner Bobby Sikes asked for clarification before also voting in favor of the demolitions. “This is more than a year away, right?” he asked, before giving his consent and making the vote 3-1.
The stipulation was also made that if suitable buyers are found for any of the buildings scheduled for demolition, they will be sold.
Commissioners Ross Streater, Vancine Sturdivant and Harold Smith were absent from the meeting.
In other business at the commissioners’ Aug. 6 meeting:
The Anson County Board of Commissioners will next meet on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Anson County Government Center.
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