This week, asbestos abatement of the former Fort Mill High School campus gets underway ahead of the expected demolition of the 60-year-old site. Plans to raze the facility and turn it into an active adult community fell through last week after developer Southern Pacific Homes backed out of a deal to buy the 6.3-acre site and demolish the building at no cost to the Fort Mill School District.
“It didn’t work out — and we don’t know why,” Fort Mill Schools spokeswoman Kelly McKinney said, referring to Southern Pacific Homes’ decision to exit the pending deal. “But we’ll carry on and prep the property for someone else who will see the value of the location and its proximity to downtown Fort Mill.”
Now, the district is bearing the cost of demolishing the site which will cost approximately $400,000 to complete, but will save the district approximately $250,000 in operational costs. M.A.C. Environmental of Ridgeville is completing the asbestos abatement process, while B&B Demolition Specialists of Charleston will raze the site early next year.
Last week, WRHI staff toured the site at Bank and Academy Streets, capturing a photo gallery the decades-old site just days before crews began the asbestos removal process.