Summerville -- A graffiti- covered shell of its former self, the Heritage Square Shopping Center may soon be torn down.

Town Council's Planning and Development Committee will discuss today the possibility of condemning Heritage Square for demolition.

The 14-acre property at Berlin G. Myers Parkway and U.S. Highway 78 has been vacant for nearly a decade, with the exception of two remaining tenants: SK Fashion & Beauty Supply and the China Palace restaurant.

Charlie Miller, Summerville's director of planning and development, said the town has been finding signs of loitering on the property, including used hypodermic needles.

That worried Building Official Richard Palmer, who said that severe roof damage was a safety issue for those who may be near the property legally or illegally.

Palmer said he wants action from either the town or the property's owners. He plans to propose a lien against the property until its structural issue is addressed.

Jack Owens, who co-owns Heritage Square with two other partners, said he was unaware of the committee's plans to discuss the property.

"No one's invited me to the party," he said.

The property has been called an eyesore by some; graffiti and rusting signs are common sights there.

Owens acknowledged that he had discussed the possibility of tearing the building down with Palmer.

Owens said he has been hoping the property could be renovated for a potential client instead of torn down.