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Chicora Life Center announced

7/18/2014

Charleston County residents will soon no longer face the prospect of extended trips and multiple stops for numerous key services, Charleston County officials announced today.

The Chicora Life Center will feature myriad social, government, non-profit and care facilities – all in one building conveniently located in the heart of Charleston County.

The Life Center, owned by Chicora Gardens Holdings, LLC, features almost 400,000 square feet of Class A medical office, meeting, retail and public space. Agencies and services that have signed leases include:

  • Charleston County Vital Records
  • Charleston County Coroner’s Office
  • S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drugs Abuse Services*
  • S.C. DHEC*
  • Fetter Health Care Network, Inc.
  • A number of other tenants are expected to be finalized shortly.

* - Through the County

“We are very excited for the rehab of a great building in a great location,” said Chicora Life Center Manager Doug Durbano. “What makes it really special, though, is that the services provided there will be vital to this community.”

Chicora Gardens Holdings, LLC, which owns the Life Center, is investing an initial $3 million in the renovation. Chicora Gardens Holdings purchased the facility from the City of North Charleston earlier this year. The County’s lease is for 25 years.

The Life Center’s central location, 3600 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston, is immediately adjacent to I-26 and I-526, sits at the terminus of Dorchester Road and fronts Rivers Avenue. The CARTA Superstop is just a block away, and there is also a bus stop in front of the building.

“We recognized the need and opportunity to transition numerous County services from a number of disparate locations to a single, easily accessible service point,” said Charleston County Administrator Kurt Taylor. “That is a benefit to residents, and one that will continue to grow as more tenants sign on.”

Taylor said the County will see savings through reduced operational costs, as well.

In addition to County services and announced private ventures, residents could also soon see everything from a grocery store and deli/cafeteria to a fitness club and rooftop Zen and water garden. Extensive walking and biking trails, a community recreation center, library, museums and more are all also possible.

“This process has been winding, and it’s ongoing, but it’s worth it,” North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said, referencing efforts to redevelop the area. “Customers, clients and the general public who travel to the Chicora Life Center will find a very positive experience. It is easy to access and a convenient combination of services all in one location.”

Project leaders plan to have first tenants in the building, site of the former Charleston Naval Hospital, in the early part of 2015.

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