Fort Mill Care Center looking for new site

mharrison@fortmilltimes.comJanuary 8, 2013 

— The Fort Mill Care Center helps hundreds of people and distributes tens of thousands of pounds a food a month, but now officials there are hoping for a helping hand themselves.

Preferably one that can sign a lease.

The Care Center decided at its monthly executive board meeting today to start looking for a new building, officials said. The Fort Mill School District, which owns the Banks Street property the Care Center operates from, says it has it has no immediate to sell or lease the facility, but Care Center officials say they decided not to wait around for what they feel is inevitable.

“We don’t know what the time frame is and we asked the school district to keep us in the loop, but we won’t wait until the sale is complete and sit down with the new owner,” Care Center Director Carol Higgins said.

“We have no plans to sell it,” Fort Mill Superintendent of Schools Chuck Epps said. “We have not talked about it.”

An agenda for Tuesday night’s school board meeting showed a closed-door executive session scheduled “to discuss contractual issues,” but Epps, who said the district also uses the site, said the agenda item was not related to the Care Center property.

“We have functions over there. We’re still using the building,” he said. “We have adult education there, so we’d have to find a new location. There have been no discussions to sell it.”

The Banks Street Family Resource Center at the site is also used for a free medical clinic and other services for low-income residents. Epps did say the decades old building is expensive to maintain and needs upgrades - issues that will have to be addressed eventually.

“At some point we’ll have to decide if we’re going to sink money into it or get rid of it,” he said, stressing that such a decision won’t be made in the near future.

Higgins said regardless of the district’s immediate intentions, the Care Center wants to find a more permanent location.

“We are going to stay in the mode that this is not a permanent location and what are our options,” she said.

“We’re not going to do something tomorrow, but we’re not going to be caught short, either.”

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