The building that used to house the old Charleston County jail’s administration offices now serves as a centralized location for the area’s bond and preliminary hearing courts, officials said.
A ribbon cutting ceremony held on Friday at 3841 Leeds Ave. in North Charleston celebrated the building’s revitalization. State Sen. Paul Thurmond and County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor were speakers at the event, a news release said.
The building became vacant in 2010 following the jail’s expansion. It has since been renovated with two suites to hold the courts, the release said.
“Charleston County has once again proven their ability to step up to home plate and hit a home run. In this case they hit a grand slam,” said Associate Chief Magistrate James Gosnell in the release. “The new Preliminary Hearing Court and Bond Court are state-of-the-art facilities that will serve the public’s judicial needs. These new magistrate court offices will be a model for the rest of the state to follow.”
According to the release, officials expect that the $1.2 million renovation project will save money in the long run by cutting the annual cost of $77,330 to rent office space.