North Charleston City Council took a step Wednesday toward building a new senior center and fire station on Otranto Road.

After considering several sites, including the Sofa Super Store location on Rivers Avenue, Council’s finance committee in February decided to pursue a nearly 5-acre tract that housed a daycare and sanctuary for Northwood Aseembly for $2.2 million.

Wednesday, council’s finance committee gave Mayor Keith Summey approval to work with Glick Boehm Architecture on the designs.

The site has two buildings: the 8,000-square foot sanctuary and a 10,000-square foot classroom building and a paved parking lot, Mayor Keith Summey said. The senior center will occupy the sanctuary building.

The city will use the second building for arts programs, Summey said.

“It will allow us to start reaching out to that area more with programs,” Summey said.

The city had allocated $2 million each for the fire station and senior center and anticipates a $300,000 state grant for the center, Summey said.

The fire station will replace the station on Greenridge Road, which the city will then sell, Summey said.

“I think it is a great opportunity for us to come in with far more than we had anticipated and stay within $300,000 to $400,000 of the original budget for both projects,” Summey said.

The Charleston County School District is negotiating to buy the nearby Northwood Academy buildings for a middle school.

Northwood Academy plans to move to the Carnes Crossroad area of Berkeley County, where the church currently meets.

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