Friday, January 18, 2013
The Plantation Square property on St. James Avenue – a former Food Lion grocery store – has been sold.
The University of South Carolina officially sold the property on Friday, according to House District 92 Rep. Joe Daning, who communicated with USC Foundation members over the past two years concerning the property.
Daning, Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler and other city and county councilmembers toured the property with USC Foundation members in November 2011. Since then, building’s fašade has fallen further into disrepair as letters have fallen off what remains as the ghost of the “Food Lion” sign. Windows and doors are covered with corrugated sheet metal, which Daning and many others find repulsive.
“It looks like a shantytown,” Daning said.
The sale means that the shopping center is one step closer to becoming what many residents hope will be more pleasing to the eye.
“The closing of the property was Friday morning at 10 a.m.,” Daning said. “The deed is on its way to Berkeley County.
“Once we finally got USC on board with us they were very cooperative. It was hard to get them to the table but once we got them there they were responsive and responsible.”
In February the Crowfield Board of Directors voted to approve the use of the property as a storage facility. At that meeting the prospective storage facility owner said he expected to start building within three months and complete the project within a year.
Charles Carmody is the managing broker for the property, and was in attendance at the meeting with Albert Heyward of the Heyward Companies, which owns a number of regional storage facilities, including one in Mt. Pleasant.
Carmody said the property was sold to Heyward on Friday. According to Carmody, there were some delays due to the economy.
“Finally we’ll see some action out there,” Carmody said Tuesday morning.
Daning, a former Goose Creek City Councilmember, added that the company that bought the property is talking about annexing it into the city. The property is not in Goose Creek but rather in Berkeley County, meaning the property does not need to comply with city ordinances.
Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler said he’s disappointed in the slow progress in the sale of the property.
“We had a promise a year ago (from USC) the building would be razed Jan. 1, 2012,” Heitzler said. “This deal was supposed to be closed a year ago.”
As of November 2011 the USC Foundation was asking $3 million for the property, Heitzler said at the time, although it remains unclear what the final sale price was Friday.