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The Brunswick County Hospital (pictured here) has been vacant since 2011.  Photo Courtesy of Brunswick County.
The former Brunswick Community Hospital has been vacant since 2011.
Photo courtesy Brunswick County.

After the $750,000 sale of the Brunswick County Hospital officially closed on Tuesday, a transfer of funds for the property was received by Brunswick County this week, finalizing the deal.

According to Brunswick County Spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson, county staff is now making the final preparations to turn over the 32-acre property to the Centre Development Company II, LLC.

A deal between the two entities for the sale of the property has been in negotiations since September 2013.

“I am very pleased with the sale of this property,” Brunswick County Commissioner Pat Sykes said. “Our staff has worked extremely hard to make this happen. I hope that the property will be developed into another business to provide jobs in Brunswick County. We look forward to working with the new owner.”

The 74,000-square-foot property, located off of U.S. 17 in Supply, closed in September 2011, when Winston-Salem based Novant Health opened the 252,000-square-foot Novant Brunswick Medical Center in July 2011.

“County Manager Ann Hardy and her team worked diligently for the past two years to manage the negotiations and complete the sale” said Commissioner Frank Williams. “It has been a long time coming, but now this property is in the hands of a private entity that is working to bring jobs to Brunswick County.”

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While the plans for the future of building have not been decided yet, Bobby Lewis–who along with Dale Elmore now owns the property–said: “[Brunswick County] gave us time to do our due diligence and see what kind of interest might be out there. And there’s quite a bit of interest; convalescent care, drug treatment care and even the Wounded Warrior Project have all expressed interest.

“This property lends itself to those uses, since it is spread out on one floor and doesn’t have stairs or multiple levels for residents to navigate.”