SUMMERVILLE -- The idea is big picture: Sell the old Dorchester County hospital complex in Summerville. Use what could be a $4 million profit to move to or build a bigger complex, consolidate offices and add revenue in cash-strapped times.

Except the hospital complex is a treasured bit of the old town.

It's an entire city block that is the county services center for the lower county, right there at the busy intersection of Main Street and U.S. Highway 78. Its main building is a stately brick and white-columned edifice that is a scenic focus. The complex is where residents in the busy suburbs can go to pay taxes, get building permits or flu shots.

And it's the place where any number of people in Summerville were born.

The last time County Council suggested closing it, last year, more than a few residents were vocal opposing it. In the 1970s, when the county first looked to demolish it after the hospital closed, the Summerville Preservation Society and residents launched a petition to maintain services there.

Longtime preservation society president Heyward Hutson is rousing people to do it again.

 

Read more in tomorrow's editions of The Post and Courier.