Ex-Navy building in North Charleston to be redeveloped into offices

A rendering shows what Anchor Center will look like when completed.

A vacant former military building on the old Navy base is being called back to active duty

An investment group has already started gutting the 156,000-square-foot North Charleston structure, with plans to reopen as an office building called Anchor Center by next spring, said Alex Irwin of Newmark Grubb Wilson Kibler, which is marketing the property.

“We’re keeping the bones of the existing building and tearing off concrete facade,” Irwin said Wednesday. “Everything will be updated.”

The sale of the property at 2260 Noisette Blvd., once owned by the developer of the Noisette Project, is expected to close Friday, he said.

The buyer is Anchor Center Investors LLC.

The new owners are seeking tenants that need a fairly large amount of contiguous office space. Anchor Center will offer 25,000 square feet on each floor, Irwin said. The annual lease rate is $22 to $25 per square foot.

“We are looking at technology companies government contractors, a few government agencies,” he said.

County land records show the Navy built the structure, once known as 6 Storehouse Row, in 1950. One of its last military occupants was the Naval Engineering Command.