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New interest in old hospital

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There's a renewed interest in an old building in Brunswick County. There's a renewed interest in an old building in Brunswick County.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - There's a renewed interest in an old building in Brunswick County.

County commissioners say they're losing money by maintaining the old hospital on Hwy. 17 in Supply, and they need to sell the property.

One of the options being considered is the demolition of the entire building.

For the past two years, the property has been vacant. The county has received a few offers for purchase, but for one reason or another, they didn't pan out.

Now, county leaders are thinking about tearing it down to draw more interest from developers.

Since 2011, the county has spent nearly $500,000 to upkeep the facility.

The county has covered some of the cost of maintaining the hospital by renting it out as a location for film and television productions. 

However, a spokesperson says that they haven't had any rentals lately.

County commission chairman Phil Norris says three weeks ago an air conditioning unit broke down inside.

They cost around $35,000 to replace, so instead of forking over the cash, they decided to cut all the power to the entire building in an effort to save money.

Norris says the urgency to sell the property is growing by the day.

"Between utility bills and other expenses we're spending quite a bit of money," said Norris. "It's obvious we're getting to the point of no return. If we don't cut those costs, we'll never be able to come out ahead."

A spokesperson from the county says that reports of the possible demolition has drawn interest from four different developers.

We will continue to follow this story and the future of this building as more information becomes available.

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