Charleston County mulls land swap

By Liz Segrist
Published Jan. 6, 2014

Charleston County Council recently gave initial approval to swap county-owned land at 995 Morrison Drive for two other undisclosed parcels near Upper King Street and Savannah Highway.

An unidentified developer wants to swap the county-owned land for the land near downtown. The county did not disclose the land or the developer, since it is part of a “confidential agreement.”

The county wants to put upgraded facilities and a new emergency medical services station on the new parcels, as well as relocate its disabilities board and a storage facility that are currently located at Morrison Drive.

Following an executive session lasting nearly two hours Thursday, council members emerged to publicly talk about the land deal. Some members were against the land deal, since the project wasn’t put out for bid. Councilman Joe Qualey said the deal wasn’t very transparent as “a sole-source bid.”

Councilman Teddie Pryor said that the bidding process did not violate any county rules and that it would enable the county to get new facilities at no cost to taxpayers. Council agreed to further discuss the deal at tomorrow’s county council meeting (.pdf).

Also during the meeting, Pryor was re-elected as chairman, and Councilman Elliott Summey was re-elected as vice chairman.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or on Twitter @lizsegrist.

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