Demolition underway at former sheriff’s office

The former sheriff's office headquarters in Columbus County, North Carolina, is being demolished to make way for a new building. The demolition began on Chadbourn Highway, marking progress toward clearing the site for construction of the new facility. Despite the excitement for the new building, some employees feel nostalgic witnessing the demolition. The complex, consisting of three interconnected buildings, has long been criticized for its poor condition. The county government is funding the demolition using state funds, with contracts awarded to Retro Environmental for asbestos abatement and D.H. Griffin Wrecking for demolition. The sheriff's office relocated next door in February 2023, and plans are underway to construct a new 19,000-square-foot facility behind the former Columbus County Schools Central Office, which will house various functions of the sheriff's office, including patrol, detective, civil, and logistics operations, along with an armory and a large meeting room with a stage.

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