Could Bluffton’s Old Piggly Wiggly Become the New Town Hall?


June 23, 2008

By RENEE DUDLEY – Island Packet

Bluffton officials have sought information about the sale price of the former Piggly Wiggly property in old town with an eye toward using the site for a new town hall, according to some involved in the talks.

Town Manager Bill Workman told an Island Packet staff member Friday the asking price is $3 million. At least one council member said that figure was too high.

The council recently created a list of capital improvement priorities, which included building a new police station and addressing drainage issues, among other things. While a new town hall is not on that list, the council has occasionally met in closed session in recent years to discuss possible sites for a new location. Money for a town hall was not included in the 2008-2009 budget approved last week. However, a new town hall has made the list in the past, Workman said.

“We looked at every piece of property in and around old town,” he said.

June Simoneaux and Jeff Scott — the children of George Scott, who owned what was the first grocery store in Bluffton — now own the 20,500-square-foot building. Simoneaux said the site of the former Piggly Wiggly, which closed Feb. 2 amid slowing business, would be “a perfect spot for town hall.”

Workman said someone in town — he couldn’t remember who — suggested the site would be ideal. He asked Planning Department staff to find out the asking price, he said.

The current town hall at 20 Bridge St. — a former middle school that costs the town $1 a year to rent — is filled to capacity, Workman said.



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