Former Camden City Councilwoman Laurie Parks and her husband, Wesley, have purchased the former Citizens & Southern (C&S) National Bank building owned by Billy Silver at 1025 Broad St. in downtown Camden. The Parks did so through a limited liability company formed in October called P&P Investment Partners LLC for $270,000, according to a deed filed with the Kershaw County Registrar of Deeds Office on Jan. 22.
Silver bought the building -- which most recently housed Roxie Hart -- from the Bank of America in August 1999. C&S merged with Sovran Bank in 1990 and then the NCNB Corporation in 1991 to form NationsBank, which later changed its name to Bank of America. Silver renovated the building and later moved on to the upper floor, which he had turned into an apartment. Silver leased out the lower level to two salons, Allure and then Roxie Hart, which recently moved across the street and changed its name to Ideation.
Chris Pracht Auctioneers acted as the seller, initially putting the building up for auction in late 2018. Pracht told the Chronicle-Independent on Jan. 6 that the Parks were the third-highest bidders after deals with the first- and second-highest bidders fell through.
Parks confirmed she and her husband bought the building from Silver.
“It is exciting!” she said. “We don’t know what we’re going to do with it yet. We’re just now meeting with contractors to figure that out.”
Silver said he’s very happy the Parks have purchased the building.
“I’m sure they’ll do a fine job with the building,” he said. “The beautiful thing is I hope I live long enough to see the façade turned back to its original design.”
Silver said he has moved to a small cottage further north on Broad Street overlooking the old polo field.
“I still have some things in the (bank) building for the next few months,” Silver said, adding that his dog loves having a yard to play in.