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Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Moncks Corner, SC.

Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.

Constructed in Moncks Corner, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Moncks Corner native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.

Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Moncks Corner, SC

The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.

To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Moncks Corner's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.

With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Moncks Corner.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Moncks Corner?

You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.

Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Moncks Corner, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.

Location and Nearby Lodging

On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.

Located in Moncks Corner, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.

Venue Staff

At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Moncks Corner, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.

Decor

When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.

Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.

Photo Opportunities

10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Moncks Corner, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.

Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip

The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Moncks Corner, SC

Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.

The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.

When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.

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If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Latest News in Moncks Corner, SC

Moncks Corner shopping center sold weeks after opening

A fully leased shopping center in a small but fast-growing Lowcountry town has been sold just weeks after it made its debut.An affiliate of Stockbridge Capital Group recently bought the Publix-anchored Moncks Corner Marketplace for $29.15 million, according to Berkeley County land records.The deal worked out to about $400 a square foot.The seller was Branch Properties, which began developing the 9-acre retail site along U.S. Highway 52 at Cypress Gardens Road in mid-2021. The Atlanta-based real estate investment firm is ...

A fully leased shopping center in a small but fast-growing Lowcountry town has been sold just weeks after it made its debut.

An affiliate of Stockbridge Capital Group recently bought the Publix-anchored Moncks Corner Marketplace for $29.15 million, according to Berkeley County land records.

The deal worked out to about $400 a square foot.

The seller was Branch Properties, which began developing the 9-acre retail site along U.S. Highway 52 at Cypress Gardens Road in mid-2021. The Atlanta-based real estate investment firm is still handling the marketing and leasing of the property.

David Nix, managing director for acquisitions at Stockbridge, said Moncks Corner is “one of the fastest-growing submarkets” in the Charleston region. Several thousand homes are planned for areas in and around the county seat in developments such as Foxbank Plantation.

“Given its optimal location within a short distance to many of Charleston’s job centers and several surrounding master-planned residential communities, the area poses strong demographics,” Nix said.

He also described the fully occupied Moncks Corner Marketplace and other strategically located grocery store centers as “further proof of the demand for this type of e-commerce-resistant retail.”

The 72,300-square-foot property opened in September. About six months earlier, Stockbridge announced a deal to buy a dozen Southeast retail centers from Branch Properties that include Publix and rival supermarket chain Harris Teeter as their primary traffic draws.

The San Francisco-based private equity firm has been investing in commercial real estate in the Charleston area since at least 2013, when it paid $24.6 million for the Whole Foods-anchored Patriots Plaza in Mount Pleasant. The deal was one of the region’s first big retail acquisitions in the aftermath of the so-called Great Recession.

In 2018, Stockbridge added an industrial property to its portfolio when it bought the nearly 351,000-square-foot North Pointe Business Campus on North Rhett Avenue for $30.5 million.

The following year, the firm acquired the historic S.H. Kress & Co. on King Street, in the heart of the downtown Charleston shopping district. Stockbridge paid $19.5 million for the roughly 91-year-old mixed-use art-deco structure that includes “fast fashion” clothing retailer H&M and a law firm as its main tenants.

Nix said the Charleston region “continues to be an attractive market for Stockbridge,” citing the area’s population growth, expanding port and other favorable real estate investment attributes.

Celebrate The Season Holiday Lights Driving Tour Starts Nov. 25

New this year, kickoff Celebrate The Season at Holiday in the Park on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26.MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – The 12th annual Celebrate The Season charitable event, a family-friendly, month-long holiday festival, takes place daily from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Nov. 25 through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25). Celebrate The Season, organized and hosted by Santee Cooper, has donated more than $1 million to local charities, including the Coastal Community Foundation’s Giving Back to Berkeley Fund, since 2011. Berkeley Elec...

New this year, kickoff Celebrate The Season at Holiday in the Park on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26.

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – The 12th annual Celebrate The Season charitable event, a family-friendly, month-long holiday festival, takes place daily from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Nov. 25 through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25). Celebrate The Season, organized and hosted by Santee Cooper, has donated more than $1 million to local charities, including the Coastal Community Foundation’s Giving Back to Berkeley Fund, since 2011. Berkeley Electric Cooperative will again serve as the festival’s presenting sponsor.

For only $5 per vehicle, visitors can drive through Celebrate The Season’s mile-long Holiday Lights Driving Tour, where thousands of festive holiday lights complement the natural beauty of Old Santee Canal Park. Participants can take as many trips as they like on the day they purchase their ticket.

New this year, Old Santee Canal Park will host Holiday in the Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 25 and 26. This kickoff event is included with admission to the Holiday Lights Driving Tour, which begins at Santee Cooper Headquarters at 1 Riverwood Dr. in Moncks Corner and ends in the park. Bring your family and friends for food, entertainment, a visit with Santa, and many other activities to help usher in the holiday season.

The beautiful LED lighting displays are powered by 100% Santee Cooper Green Power, which is Green-e Energy certified and meets the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. Learn more at www.green-e.org.

For those looking for additional weekend festivities, Holiday Fairs at Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Complex, organized by the Town of Moncks Corner, will be held each Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Dec. 2 to Dec. 17. Admission to the Holiday Fairs, which features holiday-themed entertainment and activities, is free.

Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s largest power provider, the ultimate source of electricity for 2 million people across the state, and one of America’s Best Midsize Employers as named by Forbes. Through its low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity and water services, and through innovative partnerships and initiatives that attract and retain industry and jobs, Santee Cooper helps power South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.santeecooper.com and follow #PoweringSC on social media.

Where to see Christmas lights in the Charleston area

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Grab a cup of hot chocolate and turn the Christmas tunes on the radio – there are several options for checking out Christmas lights beyond your neighborhood.Enjoy a night with friends and family as you drive through bright shining lights on display in Moncks Corner, North Charleston, Cottageville, and the largest drive-thru holiday light event at James Island County Park.Holiday Festival of Lights – James Island County Park871 Riverland Dr, CharlestonA...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Grab a cup of hot chocolate and turn the Christmas tunes on the radio – there are several options for checking out Christmas lights beyond your neighborhood.

Enjoy a night with friends and family as you drive through bright shining lights on display in Moncks Corner, North Charleston, Cottageville, and the largest drive-thru holiday light event at James Island County Park.

Holiday Festival of Lights – James Island County Park871 Riverland Dr, Charleston

A trip to the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park is a Christmas-time tradition filled with thousands of dazzling lights and displays.

Guests are invited to drive along a three-mile stretch lined with more than 700 light displays each night through December 31. A stop at Winter Wonderland – about halfway through the drive – gives you an opportunity to stretch your legs and view the area’s largest holiday sand sculpture.

You can view shops, search for gifts, or enjoy sweet treats or a cup of hot chocolate. Hop on a train ride for a fun look at light displays or take a stroll through the Enchanted Walking Trail for a fun look at nature-themed light displays.

Santa Claus will meet children each night from November 21 – December 23. Plus, enjoy an array of large greeting cards decorated by students from across the Charleston area.

Ticket prices on a regular night will cost $15 per vehicle if purchased online at HolidayFestivalofLights.com or $20 at the gate. Peak night prices increase to $25 per vehicle online and $30 at the gate.

The 33rd Annual Holiday Festival of Lights is open every evening from November 11 through December 31 from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

The Lights at Park Circle4800 Park Circle, North Charleston

Pack up the car and take a drive or go for a relaxing stroll around North Charleston’s Park Circle to see dozens of Christmas light displays.

Trees, lights, and displays will be shining bright around the circle at the Felix C. Davis Community Center.

City leaders say the lights will shine until New Year’s Day. There is no fee to enjoy the lights.

Bee City Zoo’s Christmas Wonderland of Lights1066 Holly Ridge Ln. Cottageville, SC 29435

On select nights in November and December, guests can enjoy a combination of animals and Christmas lights at Bee City Zoo’s Christmas Wonderland of Lights festival.

Santa Claus will make a special appearance during some nights of the event for a photo opportunity.

Those attending can also attend an ‘Australian Walkabout’ which is included in the price of admission. And for some additional costs, you can enjoy roasting s’mores, ornament decorating, grabbing a cup of hot chocolate, or feeding animals during the festival.

Admission is $12 or you can purchase a combo pass which includes day access to the zoo and entry to the lights at $20. Click here to learn more.

Holiday Lights Driving Tour – Old Santee Canal Park900 Stoney Landing Rd, Moncks Corner

Celebrate the season with family and friends on a driving tour filled with sparkling Christmas lights and displays at Old Santee Canal Park powered by Santee Cooper.

The event runs each night from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. from November 25 – December 30. It will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Admission to the event is $5 per vehicle. Proceeds benefit local charities.

Guests will enter the Holiday Lights Driving Tour at 1 Riverwood Drive in Moncks Corner.

“The beautiful LED lighting displays are powered by 100% Santee Cooper Green Power, which is Green-e Energy certified and meets the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions,” organizers said.

Santee Cooper is also inviting guests to attend its two-night event ‘Holiday in the Park’ on November 24 and 25. You’ll have the chance to meet Santa Claus, enjoy crafts, roast marshmallows, and sample some seasonal foods.

“This event is included with admission to Holiday Lights Driving Tour, which runs through Dec. 30, so you can start your holiday season early at this fun-filled meetup,” said organizers.

To learn more or purchase tickets online, please click here.

Cougar Night Lights – The College of CharlestonNear the corner of George and St. Philip Streets

A holiday tradition that brings a fun and dazzling light show to the College of Charleston’s Cistern Yard and Randolph Hall will light up with the spirit of the season each night, offering a holiday light show featuring festive music and visual performances each half-hour from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The display will be open to the public beginning December 1 through January 2. It is free to view and this year’s show will include new music and lighting displays.

Visitors can find the Cistern Yard at the corner of George and St. Philip Streets. Public parking garages are available at two nearby locations – the George Street Garage and the St. Philip Street Garage.

Did we miss something? Email us with details about a local Christmas light show.

Habitat for Humanity strengthens home and family

A massive crane stood above the new structure on Wall Street in Moncks Corner. Attached to the crane was a hose that spit concrete into seams to form walls and eventually the entire frame to a house for a mother and her three children.It’s the first build of its kind for Berkeley Habitat so an event called “Behind the Build” was held on Nov. 22, to celebrate the time-saving task. Habitat partnered with Knight’s Ready Mixed and Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s, Build with Strength Coalition. The structur...

A massive crane stood above the new structure on Wall Street in Moncks Corner. Attached to the crane was a hose that spit concrete into seams to form walls and eventually the entire frame to a house for a mother and her three children.

It’s the first build of its kind for Berkeley Habitat so an event called “Behind the Build” was held on Nov. 22, to celebrate the time-saving task. Habitat partnered with Knight’s Ready Mixed and Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s, Build with Strength Coalition. The structure is made with insulated concrete forms (ICFs).

“It’s the first ICF house built by Habitat in South Carolina. It is a fortified home, has concrete in the walls. It earthquake resistant, it’s hurricane resistant. It’s probably one of the strongest built homes in Moncks Corner,” said George Druyos, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County.

Not only is it strong the technique in efficient. Druyos said a traditional wooden frame, would normally take a month to erect because of the organization’s dependence on volunteer workers. The frame for the home on Wall Street took just two-and-a-half days to form.

“It looks like a cinder block on the inside except it’s made out of foam with a webbing inside. So you put the block up and you put rebar inside of that and then you fill it with concrete,” said Druyos. “The end result for the home owner is they have a much less expensive energy bill. They save on their homeowner’s insurance and they have stronger more weather-resistant home.”

The material is also noncombustible. The organization has been working for some time to find a new way of building homes to make them stronger and more energy efficient and it looks like they found their product.

And others are in on the action as well. Habitat reports the project is part of a wider initiative between Build with Strength and Habitat for Humanity International to construct more than 50 sustainable concrete homes in 50 states in five years. Since the initiative launched in February 2021, 47 homes have been constructed in 27 states.

A portion of Habitat for Humanity’s mission statement is that it offers decent affordable housing opportunities for families in need willing to work hard, to help revitalize neighborhoods and build stronger communities. This new technique shows strength both literally and figuratively.

Work on new Berkeley County Courthouse hits snag

For years a new Berkeley County courthouse has been needed. The current facility on California Avenue in Moncks Corner is cramped, cluttered and when it comes to restrooms and courtrooms, there is not enough of either. The court system in Berkeley County has out grown the building.To meet the need county officials have decided to build a new courthouse on Belt Drive in Moncks Corner. Council initially put together a courthouse committee and along with the clerk of court and court security, a plan was devised to move ahead.Clerk...

For years a new Berkeley County courthouse has been needed. The current facility on California Avenue in Moncks Corner is cramped, cluttered and when it comes to restrooms and courtrooms, there is not enough of either. The court system in Berkeley County has out grown the building.

To meet the need county officials have decided to build a new courthouse on Belt Drive in Moncks Corner. Council initially put together a courthouse committee and along with the clerk of court and court security, a plan was devised to move ahead.

Clerk of Court, Leah Guerry Dupree said the upgrades will include, of course, more courtrooms.

Also, she said, there will be more elevators, secure entrances for detainees, a secure route through the building for judges and employees, not shared by detainees, which is currently not the case. And more holding cells to separate the juveniles from the adults.

In June of this year, it was time to hand the ball off to county procurement for architecture and engineering plans. Procurement’s job was to scour the country to find the best firm to design the $50-milllion investment. For five-months, numerous firms were considered and it was finally narrowed down to one — but Council believes somebody fumbled.

At the Council meeting on Nov. 14, procurement staff took their good news to the governing body that an out of state firm named Studio 8 Design/HDR has been chosen at a cost of $4.3 million, all that was needed was Council’s approval. Members were told the firm has designed several courthouses in states all over the country. But South Carolina wasn’t mentioned as one of them.

“What I would like to see Council do is go around and look at some of the projects, that this firm has done, the architectural and engineering part of it. Let’s see it first hand,” Councilman Jack Schulknight said to presenters.

Council member Josh Whitley then offered his concerns on that idea. “That would be difficult because they haven’t done any in the state of South Carolina,” he said.

He asked about another firm that was passed over on how many they designed in South Carolina — the answer was seven.

“So you have one firm that has by far and away done multiple, substantial courthouse projects in South Carolina and you have one that’s done zero,” Whitley said.

“This is a concern to Council,” said Schurlknight. “A huge concern to Council. A huge concern” added Whitley.

“A firm from California can come and do architectural services and they not get it right they go back to wherever they came from and no big deal,” said Whitley.

Whitley and the other members agreed that the firm chosen should have more ties to the state in order hold them more accountable if something goes wrong. Although the procurement speaker noted having done work in South Carolina was never pointed out as a stipulation in the search. Council also added that there has been a lack of communication from procurement staff and those on the courthouse committee during the process.

Council then chose to go into executive session for the purposes of personnel and the awarding of the contract.

Upon return, the motion was denied to award the firm the contract based on its lack of experience in South Carolina. After months of searching, bidding and interviews the effort to move the project along stalled. While to project is still in the works, it seems like it’s back to square one in the hunt to for design plans for the long overdue new Berkeley County Courthouse.

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