North Charleston City Council will be asked tonight approve spending up to $100,000 to study Mayor Keith Summey’s plan to buy the former Garco Mill building for cultural arts uses.

The long-vacant multi-story brick building could become home to studio, classroom and living space for artists and artisans, and a new theater, Summey has proposed. The city is losing a building on the former Naval Base that’s been used for arts-related purposes, due to plans for a rail yard on the base.

The Beach Company currently owns the Garco building and has development plans for adjacent land. Summey has said The Beach Company would be willing to sell the building if a price can be agreed upon.

The $100,000 requested from City Council would pay for professional evaluations of the mill building near East Montague Avenue, as well as a review of potential environmental issues, and development of conceptual plans for the building.

City Council meets at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

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