Friday, June 27, 2014
After more than 10 years of vacancy, it appears Georgetown County School District may finally have a buyer for the Pleasant Hill Middle School property.
At its June 24 meeting, the school board voted unanimously to authorize staff to “execute all documents necessary” to complete the sale of the property.
The district has a bid of $30,000 from an individual in Bronx, N.Y.
The minimum bid was $25,000 with no reserve, a change from when the property was first listed for sale.
Still, Lisa Ackerman, director of procurement and special projects, said a bid above the minimum shows the potential buyer is “very interested” in the property. She also said the bidder is prepared to provide more than the required 20 percent down payment.
The 11-acre property was first listed for sale on a government auction website in 2013 after an approval from the school board. It was originally listed for a minimum bid of $50,000 with a $75,000 reserve, but after several failed bids, the minimum was lowered.
Ackerman said in total Pleasant Hill Middle has been up for sale eight times in the past year.
The school became vacant in 2002 due to the completion of Carvers Bay Middle School. It was first built in 1938 and is a total of approximately 51,575 sq. feet. Ackerman said the buyer has been warned the building may have asbestos tile and lead paint.
In addition, 2.5 acres of the property are leased to Georgetown County until 2021 for use as a recycling center.
Still, Ackerman said the bidder is aware of the property restrictions and is interested regardless. She said the buyer wants to keep the school façade intact and has intentions to use the property as a community center or nursing facility.
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