GEORGETOWN SC (WCSC) – Georgetown City Council voted on Thursday to revoke the business license of a behavioral health center on the grounds that it was a public nuisance.
The council voted 6 to 1 to revoke the Broadstep Behavioral Health Center’s business license at the municipal courthouse.
The 32-bed behavioral health facility off Highmarket Street currently houses around 20 children in the care of the South Carolina Department of Human Services.
The DSS said children living there face abuse and neglect from family or caregivers.
The Georgetown Police Department confirmed they requested that Broadstep’s business license not be renewed, as they have received approximately 150 calls for service and more than 70 incident reports related to the facility since 2020.
Police said they were called for fights, assaults, disturbances, running away and sexual assault during this period.
At Thursday’s hearing, Chief Constable William Pierce said Broadstep’s business license expired in April and they had charged the establishment five times with operating without a business license since then.
The city says the establishment’s business license renewal was denied in June, leading to the hearing before city council.
Georgetown Mayor Carol Gyroe said the facility could have done more to respond to calls for service.
“Broadstep has taken no steps in the right direction to mitigate any of these actions in my opinion,” Gyroe said. “There hasn’t been – it hasn’t been a month since it stopped, so nothing has changed with Broadstep since you opened.”
Lewis Gossett, an attorney who represents Broadstep, called Thursday’s decision disappointing.
“We are confident that the children we treat are not nuisances, and they have certainly tried to make their case,” Gossett said. “Obviously, from the council’s point of view, they did, that the business itself is a nuisance, but it was about the children. It was about the actions of the children and the activities of the children .”
Gossett also said his customers have the option of appealing the city’s decision to the circuit court.
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