UPDATE: Brunswick commissioners approve new deal for old hospital

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Submitted: Tue, 06/05/2012 - 2:52am

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Commissioners have approved a lease-purchase agreement for the old Brunswick Community Hospital.

Crown Management Group will take on the five-year agreement totaling $1.5 million, paying the majority of the amount at the end of the lease.

Crown will pay the county one dollar a year and then $1,499,995 at the end of the lease to complete the sale. Crown will pay the county a $20,000 down payment and $20,000 each year of the lease.

Crown will also assume full responsibility for all utility and energy costs and building and ground maintenance. To assist with that, the county will give Crown all rental income from medical suites, which is currently about $74,000 a year.

The county put the building on the market when the hospital closed and moved to the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center up the road last summer.


  • April says:

    Good grief people…why so negative??? Do you even know what you are talking about? I seriously doubt it! It would be pretty stupid for the commissioners not to move forward with this deal. Why would they continue to pay 30000.00+ a month for the upkeep of the building…let’s see… 30000.X 12months X 5years=1,8000.000 of tax payer money, flushed. Of course, they could choose to pay 1.5 million to tear the building down. Why not bring 200 jobs to the community along with offering help to children with needs. 200 jobs equals 200 people paying taxes and spending money in local businesses etc… Real Estate deals like this are made every day in this country…its business. Looks like everyone in the end will come out a winner.

  • April says:

    As you are aware, you can verify the utility cost and maintenance cost with the county. This is public information. The figures that were quoted are 100% correct. Maybe the County should have disconnected the power and allowed mold to grow in the building…You Think!!!

  • herman says:

    Sounds like a ccommissioner or manager getting defensive. Know the publiic will be watching how you spend our tax dollars.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    but where did you come up with the pie in the sky number of $30,000 plus, monthly, to maintain the building?

  • Citizen of the Republic says:

    When it comes to Commissioners, I’ve seen better heads on lettuce.

  • Guest2020 says:

    I would like the names of the Commissioners who voted in favor of this so I can vote for someone else.

  • Robo says:

    An opportunity was lost when this facility was not used for a VA Hospital site. It appears the county will lose money on the current deal.

  • GuestVader says:

    Who wants to bet Crown will disappear right before the $1,499,995 is due? Robo, you’re right. The facility should have been made into a VA hospital. Guess there is too much power, politics and promises of kickbacks in New Hanover County.

  • taxpayer says:

    come into the mix with a facility in Brunswick County?

  • Stand Up For Jobs Group says:

    I am so proud of our county leaders for making the right decision. There is no way I would want the hospital torn down. Way to go…..Bring the jobs…..I know folks that want to work……………..

  • Mary says:

    As an employee of Brunswick Novant Medical Center I strongly believe that the old building should be used as a psychiatric facility. There are an unbelievable number of people in Brunswick County who need this specialized care.

  • John says:

    Why doesn’t Brunswick keep the $74,000 per year and take it off the $1.5 million. If Crown can’t make utility payments, they sure can’t pay the $1.5 million. If Brunswick wants to pay me $74k a year for $1, I’d take it too. Any escrow or promise on that $1.5 million?

  • SurfCityTom says:

    I was going to call this a better deal than Carleton Sheets could ever think of.

    But the numbers do not seem to add up.

    The purchaser will pay $20K down and then $20K, each year of the lease. So, that would be $120,000 if we’re assuming the $20K down, and 5 subsequent, annual payments of $20K.

    Then $1 per year for each of 5 years.

    Unless I’m missing something, that would yield $120,005 in total payments to be deducted from $1.5 million to leave an amount of $1,379,995 due at closing in 5 years.

    But wait, Crown gets $74,000 in annual rental payments for medical suites, yielding $370,000 in direct cash to the purchaser, irregardless of whether the sale ultimately closes or not.

    So they get the use of the building for 5 years; they do have to maintain the building and pay utility costs. They get the suite lease payments of $74,000 going in; but unless those leases are for more than 4 years, they will have the opportunity to increase the lease payment amounts.

    But, they still, at a minimum get the $370,000 in lease payments; pay out $120,005 to the County over 5 years; and may be able to walk away at the end of 5 years with $180,000 having been available to cover the operating expenses of the property.

    That is a better deal than Carleton could have dreamed up.

  • guest456 says:

    The hospital should have been turned into a VA but POWERS in POLITICS wanted some kickbacks and now there is a NEW hospital being built in New Hanover and that would NEVER have happened if the Brunswick deal went through so… We all know a politician gets better kickbacks with a NEW building rather than fixing an older one, which would have be better in this economy. Plus the old hospital would have been in the process of renovation by now and we wouldn’t be looking at this mess. The NEW VA clinic cant even make us VETS ID CARDS let alone help us. Thats a big wast of money too… GO GO GOVERNMENT!! BS!!!

  • Guest2020 says:

    Not too long ago there was a decision being made whether to use the old hospital facilities as a VA hospital or build a new VA hospital in Wilmington. Mike McIntyre lobbied for it to be in Wilmington. That was no surprise since Mike McIntyre doesn’t give a hoot what happens on this side of the river. Anyway, the final decision was to build a new hospital in Wilmington instead of utilizing the existing building in Brunswick County.

  • Guest2020 says:

    If the Commissioners take this deal, then they are bigger idiots than I thought.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    you know they took the “deal”. Definitely not a good deal for the County taxpayers. Great deal for the “purchasers”.

  • Sammie says:

    The Commissioners moved forward with Crown because the County Manager most likely recommended the deal. What we need are new commissioners that are great business men and women not just rubber stampers like we got now. Hopefully, with the two new Commissioners we will get that. Too bad the hospital deal can’t wait until the new Commissioners take seat in January. Who knows the County Manager may be a finalist for another job by then as well.

    The taxpayers of Brunswick County need to get smarter by staying informed on how our Manager’s in Bolivia are spending our tax dollars. Looks like we all missed the County Manager and Commissioners giving “The Store Away For Free” regarding the hospital deal.

    Start attending the County Commissioners meetings which are held every 1st and 3rd Monday at 6:30pm. The meetings are held at the David Sandifer Administration building in Bolivia. Please call 253-2000 for more information.

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