Demoliton of historic Florence building put off until next week

Crews expect to start tearing down the old Trust building in downtown Florence sometime next week.

The demolition has been delayed for the past four days after officials say the City of Florence and owner of the demolition company failed to get neccessary permits from the South Carolina Department of Transportation to close the roads around the Trust building.

Florence City Manager Drew Griffin said they're assisting Wofford Demolition and Construction with getting an encroachment permit from SCDOT to close the roads.

Griffin added the purpose of the permit is to protect the public from any debris that might roll into the roads.

The city is clearing the site for Francis Marion University to construct its $15 million Medical and Health Sciences Complex in downtown Florence.

The roof of the building caught fire on May 29 but it did not do serious damage and did not impact the timeline for the demolition of the building.

The path for demolition was met with protests from two historic groups in Florence.

The groups argued that the Trust building is a landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

However, the Florence Design Review Board voted 6-1 to allow the city to tear down the seven-story skyscraper.

Construction on FMU's medical school is scheduled to start this fall. The medical school building will be three stories high and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2016.