Georgetown County Council approved the purchase of one of the buildings in the Litchfield Exchange at a special meeting on Tuesday night.

The price for the 30,000-square-foot building directly behind Applewood House of Pancakes is $600,000, plus closing costs.

County Administrator Sel Hemingway said the county plans to move the office of Dan Furr, the Pawleys Island magistrate, into the building. His office is currently on Parkersville Road near the new recreation center.

There is also the possibilty that John Benso, the Murrells Inlet magistrate, would have an office in the new building and hold court there.

A sheriff’s substation is also planned for the building.

Council member Bob Anderson said the county was looking for space in that area of the Waccamaw Neck because of its central location among a large portion of the population.

It’s also a flexible space, he added.

“It looked like the best way for us to go to take care of our needs,” Anderson said.

The money for the purchase comes from the county’s Capital Improvement Plan.

Hemingway said if the county would have chosen to build on Waccamaw Neck instead of buying an existing structure, the $600,000 would have only paid for a 10,000-square-foot building.

The leftover space not taken by magistrates’ or sheriff’s offices could be used for other county offices in the future.

Council chairman Johnny Morant and Council members Lillie Jean Johnson, Jerry Oakley, Bob Anderson, Ron Charlton and Austin Beard were in attendance at the meeting. All voted in favor of buying the building.

By Chris Sokoloski