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Press Release

Town Acquires New Home for the Sheriff's Office

Release Date: April 3, 2012

Contact Information:
Stephen G. Riley, ICMA-CM , Town Manager, (843)341-4700, Fax: (843)842-7728

The Town of Hilton Head Island today announced the acquisition of 3.61 acres of land including a 23,500 square foot building from CRM Mid-Atlantic Properties, LLC for a total expenditure of $2,150,000.00. The 23,500 square foot building will become the new headquarters for the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) Southern Enforcement Branch. The BCSO has outgrown its current, rented office space and this new site has the added benefits of being able to withstand winds up to 135 MPH. The building is floodproofed and has significantly more parking.

The Town anticipates issuing a General Revenue bond for the acquisition. The funds the Town and Beaufort County currently pay in rent will be utilized to pay back the bond. The property is located at 58 Shelter Cove Lane (formerly known as the Lifespan building) and currently houses several tenants in separate suites. 'There are several existing tenants and the Town will be in contact with each of them. The primary tenant, of course, will be the BCSO but they will not occupy all of the available space," said Town Manager Steve Riley. "As leases expire, we will look at other uses for the remaining space, including possibly the SHARE Senior Center."

Mayor Drew Laughlin stated, "We are happy that we are able to find the BCSO a home that will meet the Sheriff’s needs for space and location. "We have been seeking a suitable location for the BCSO for many years. Prior negotiations have always stalled so we are particularly happy that we have brought this to a successful conclusion." Sheriff P.J. Tanner added, "We are all excited at the BCSO that we will have a home on Hilton Head Island that we own and not rent.  Since the Town's incorporation in 1983, the BCSO has always been located in a rental property on the Island. We are all looking forward to moving our law enforcement center into a professional building in a centralized location on the Island."