529 East DeKalb St. has stood vacant for many years, since Hazelwood Cleaners moved out approximately a decade ago. Four years ago, the city of Camden’s building official and fire inspector determined the structure -- which was also once Camden’s first movie theater -- “an immediate hazard” due to the then-potential collapse of its 35-foot-plus walls because of a failing roof.
Then, former City Manager Kevin Bronson informed Camden City Council the city notified the property’s owner and repeatedly asked the owner to fix the problem. The city could not really do anything, however, because Camden’s demolition ordinance only spoke to residential dwellings, not commercial property.
Now, 529 East DeKalb St. is back on council’s agenda, this time at the end of a work session to begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday. City Manager Mel Pearson is scheduled to speak to council about the property and about a “notification letter.”
In 2010, Travis and Alicia McCrory, of Charleston, owned the property, having purchased it from J.P. Smith Builders in 2007, which had purchased it a short time earlier with plans for renovation. The McCrory’s sold the building for $1 in 2010 to Lakeshore Community Acquisitions -- a limited liability corporation formed in 2008 by Travis McCrory. The building and lot is currently assessed at a full market value of $62,900 by the Kershaw County Assessor’s office, according to online records, the same assessment it had in 2010. The 4,608-square-foot building makes up $22,100 of that assessment.
Other items on council’s work session agenda include:
• building code effectiveness grading schedule results;
• a zoning ordinance update;
• an update on work at Commerce Alley;
• an update on “wayfinding” signage;
• an update on public works and utilities activities;
• an electric rate comparison; and
• an update on the proposed Rhame Arena renovation project.
The Rhame Arena project will come up again during council’s regular meeting, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Council will consider a resolution approving a contract with Bobbitt Design-Build for the arena’s renovation. Bobbitt representatives, along with LTC Associates, unveiled plans for the renovation during a work session in September.
Other regular meeting items include:
• an overview of council’s 2015 meeting and work session schedule;
• election of a new mayor pro tem;
• a rear façade grant application from Nicholas Caraminas for 1026 Broad St.;
• consideration of Leader’s Legacy recognitions for Dr. David T. Joseph Sr.; and former councilmen Walter Long, Pat Partin and Willard Polk; and
• an executive session to discuss undisclosed personnel and contract matters.