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A clean landscape for old CMS

Posted: February 21, 2012 10:22 a.m.
Updated: February 22, 2012 5:00 a.m.

If plans proceed as anticipated, it won’t be long before the former Camden Middle School at the corner of Broad and Lauren streets is torn down. That will be a positive step for everyone and will, we hope, be the final step in a saga that has dragged on for a long time, through nobody’s fault. The Kershaw County School District had previously agreed on two separate occasions to sell the decrepit building, which was abandoned several years ago when a new school was built to replace it. Both groups which were interested in razing the building intended to develop the property for residential use. But the sagging real estate market butchered those plans, and the building has continued to deteriorate since the last deal fell through. It’s an eyesore, a possible breeding ground for filth and an inviting target for vagrants to land.

All sorts of difficulties have presented themselves, most of them environmental. The district, with the help of the county, is now addressing those, and the bid process for destruction is ongoing. Some have asked why the school district didn’t renovate the facility, but an examination indicated it would have cost as much or more than building a new school. In any event, progress is now being made, and many people will breathe a sigh of relief when the deteriorating complex is no longer there. As real estate values rebound, the prime downtown property could become valuable as a residential site, but no matter what eventually happens, it will be an improvement over the present situation.

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