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Dorchester County leaders are prepared to approve millions of coronavirus relief money to create a new campus for health and human services

DORCHESTER COUNTY, South Carolina – A new campus for the county’s health and human services might be built with millions of dollars in coronavirus relief money, and the leaders of Dorchester County may soon give their approval to use that money.

Plywood has been used to cover the windows and doors of the old BI-LO building, which is located off of 17A and close to Orangeburg Road. This structure has been vacant for a number of years.

On Monday evening, the Dorchester County Council is slated to vote on whether or not to adopt a spending plan for a total of $5.7 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money.

It is estimated that the renovation of the old grocery store that will be used to house the Department of Health and Environmental Control, the Department of Social Services, and the Department of Health and Human Services will cost around $4.6 million.

The county just paid $2.9 million in coronavirus relief money to close on the 47,000-square-foot structure, according to David Chinnis, a councilmember for the county.

He also stated that the location was selected in large part due to the abundance of parking space and the convenience of its proximity to public transportation.

“If they’re not using them because they can’t get to them because it’s not easy to get somebody to take them from one place to the next place to the next place, this makes fantastic sense to get them to one location, meet all of their needs, and get back to their family or get back to work,” Chinnis said. “If they’re not using them because they can’t get to them because it’s not easy to get somebody to take them from one place to the next place to the next

The leaders of the county have stated that they want to begin construction on the building by the end of this month and conclude the project by the summer of next year.

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