Florence city-county historical commission has filed an appeal in the court of common pleas in Florence. They are appealing the decision by the Florence design and review board to move forward with demolition of the trust building. Florence Mayer Stephen Wukela issued this statement in response to the appeal, saying, “I think I speak for the community when I say I have no idea what they are thinking. I wish they would work for downtown revitalization instead of against it. Nevertheless I have full faith in the courts and anticipate moving forward expeditiously.”
The building sits on the corner of Evans and Irby Streets in downtown Florence, and has been at the heart of a controversy surrounding its historical significance versus the need for a downtown medical campus that would be constructed in its current location.
The city purchased the Trust building in September, with plans to demolish the site and begin construction on the medical school, which is a joint project between Francis Marion University, the University of South Carolina and the City of Florence.
In a 6-1 vote December of 2013, the board decided to allow the city to move forward with its plans.
That vote came after hours of public comments from those on both sides of the debate.
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