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      Florence city council deeds land to FMU for medical school

      The Florence City Council during a meeting on Monday where land was deeded over to Francis Marion University.

      Florence City Council members legally transferred the land at the corner of Irby Street and West Evans Street Monday to Francis Marion University to build a new medical school.

      The city is demolishing the 97-year-old Trust Building to make way for the $15 million Medical and Health Sciences Complex in downtown Florence.

      Crews say they're tearing out the building's basement and expect the demolition to be finished in a couple of weeks.

      Construction on FMU's medical school is scheduled to start this fall.

      Construction is expected to be completed on the medical school's planned 3-story building by the summer of 2016

      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.