New development planned for old Naval Hospital


NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- It's been a vacant eyesore in the skyline of North Charleston for years and now the old Naval Hospital building is set to get a new life.

The old Naval Hospital on Rivers Avenue is a 400,000-square-foot structure that was shut down after the closing of the Charleston Naval base in 1996.

At a press conference on Friday, Charleston County leaders and real estate developers will announce the specifics and plans for the Naval Hospital's re-development. Officials say the structure will undergo reconstruction in order to house several government agency offices and socially centered services. It will be known as the Chicora Life Center.

Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor, who will speak at the press conference Friday, said the announcement is a huge win for the local neighborhood and economy.

"I think the economic development impact in that area will be huge," Pryor said. "It is just a start. I think all the property and development that is coming will be huge for that area."

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