Charleston County and the owners of the Naval Hospital have reached an agreement that will allow some key county services to be located at the facility, officials said Wednesday.
The Banov Health Department and The Charleston Center, both off Courtenay Drive in downtown Charleston, will move to the hospital. So will the Coroner's Office and Vital Records/Statistics, which are now at the county Perimeter Center on Bridge View Drive, officials have said.
A news conference is planned on Friday to discuss the new arrangement and the services that will be located at the hospital.
"It's just that we got the lease finalized with them," said County Council member Elliott Summey.
The news conference is to announce "an agreement that will consolidate the location of numerous government and socially-centered services in a single location at the former Charleston Naval Hospital," said Daniel Brock of Rawle Murdy, an agency representing the owners.
The City of North Charleston sold the hospital to Chicora Gardens LLC.
The county has said that it is selling buildings housing the health department and The Charleston Center, which offers substance abuse treatment, to the Medical University for $17 million.
Others considering making the move to the hospital include the Franklin C. Fetter Health Clinic and unnamed agencies of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, officials have said.
Reach Prentiss Findlay at 937-5711.
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